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Obama on Elian: that was 8 years ago

838cuba_elian_gonzalez_xlat105_embe Speaking to reporters from a waterfront park along Jacksonville's St. John's River, Barack Obama briefly responded to the flap over his advisors' association with Elian Gonzalez:

"That was eight years ago and obviously it was a wrenching situation for the families but I'm running for president in 2008 and my focus is: how do we create a Cuba policy that will create political freedom on that island and allow the people who live there to prosper?'' Obama said. "That's not what we have right now.''

He referred to his "extensive approach'' he outlined last month to lift travel restrictions for family members of relatives in Cuba.