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Thompson's Cuba comment hits YouTube

Fred Thompson, the all-but-declared Republican presidential candidate rising in the polls, set off a firestorm with remarks he made in South Carolina on the eve of the immigration vote in the Senate.

"I don't imagine they're coming here to bring greetings from Castro,'' he said. "We're living in the era of the suitcase bomb."

Hillary Clinton's Hispanic campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, seized on the remark: “For many decades, Cubans have been forced to leave the island, risking their lives to escape Fidel Castro’s brutal dictatorship in search of freedom and opportunity. It is simply wrong to equate people fleeing from communism with terrorists.''

Thompson spokeswoman Burson Snyder said he was talking about Castro spies, not legal immigrants. You decide: Watch Thompson on YouTube here, then check out his blog posting to "clarify" his remarks here.

Snyder also responded to an Associated Press story that said Thompson had lobbied for deposed Haitian president Jean Bertrand-Aristide. She says he was only "of counsel" to the Arent Fox law firm, which represented the Haitian government.

"He was not a partner,'' Snyder said. "He was never paid by the Haitian government, and he never met with any representative of the Haitian government. He was asked to make a single phone call back in the early 1990s."

Published reports say Thompson called then-White House Chief of Staff John Sununu in 1991 as Aristide sought to return to power. Seven days after the call, Aristide paid Arent Fox $10,000.

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Nice Cuban bashing Fred. Oh sure once he is told that Cubans here are actually Republicans he back tracks like a total phony. This reminds me of Wesley Clark when he ran and had no idea what the right political answer was on Cuba. Then he stuck his foot in his mouth and had to back track.

At least we Cubans know how Thompson feels pre-pandering.

Larry Thorson

Thompson's blog post goes on about one big espionage case, Ana Belen Montes. She certainly was guilty and did confess to having spied for Cuba. But I see online that she's of Puerto Rican descent and was born on a US Army base in Germany. Somehow this doesn't make her fit well into the problem of the porous border that Thompson is on about.

She was merely mentioned by Thompson as an example of how Castro has a well-organized espionage program against this country. Thompson has always been on the right side of the Cuba issue as a staunch supporter of Helms-Burton, Radio Marti and the embargo.

Raven

Thompson does not strike me as authentic.
His red pick-up was rented when he ran for the Senate. He's been a lobbyist for 18 years.
He was pro-life, doesn't mention the conver-
sion. Yet, he's being touted as "the" one who
can fill the role needed by the GOP to win.
It is scary that people would vote for him be-
cause of his familiarity from Law & Order &
a few movies. Folks, we've too much at stake
for short cuts. If he or anyone else wants IN
THE PROCESS let them come IN BE SCRUTINIZED
and TESTED by all of us! Not just politic on
the fringes avoiding close examination, offer-
ing little substance!

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