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President Bush joins the fray, bashes Obama on Cuba

Just like John McCain and Hillary Clinton before him, President Bush is criticizing Barack Obama for having the audacity to suggest that he'd meet with new Cuban leader Raul Castro.

The remarks are among the first forays Bush has made into the race to succeed him and he seemed to relish the opportunity. Never mentioning Obama by name, he said it would a mistake to engage Castro without some evidence of change - like freeing political prisoners and scheduling elections.

"Sitting down at the table, having your picture taken with a tyrant such as Raúl Castro . . . lends the status of the office and the status of our country to him,'" Bush said at a White House press conference. "He gains a lot from it by saying, 'Look at me, I'm now recognized by the president of the United States.' "

Read more of Bush's remarks and Obama's contention that "the American people aren't looking for more of do-nothing Cuba policy" here.

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