Miami (CNN) — During a visit to Little Havana with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan criticized President Barack Obama for engaging in a “policy of appeasement” with Cuba and vowed that a Romney-Ryan administration would be tough on Fidel Castro.
“We will not keep practicing this policy of appeasement; we will be tough on this brutal dictator. All it has done is it rewarded more despotism,” Ryan said Saturday.
During his visit to the Cuban restaurant Versailles — a must-stop for any politician hoping to reach out to Miami’s diverse Latino community — Ryan said, “We will be tough on Castro, tough on Chavez,” referring to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The 14-year congressman from Wisconsin said he learned about Cuba policy from fellow Republican lawmakers who appeared with him in Little Havana, including Florida Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
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