The former president arrived in Cuba yesterday and is to meet today with Raul Castro. He told the AP that he's not there to bring home U.S. contractor Alan Gross -- who earlier this month was sentenced to prison for crimes against the state.
The visit isn't sitting well with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, who criticized Carter for meeting with "representatives from the tyrannical Castro regime."
Instead, Diaz-Balart said, "President Carter should show solidarity for a free Cuba by meeting with the true leaders of the Cuban people, the Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and Jorge Luis Garcia Perez 'Antunez.' "
"Instead of supporting the lifting of sanctions against a state sponsor of terrorism; President Carter should demand the Castro regime to allow free and fair elections, freedom of the press, the establishment of political parties and the unconditional release of all political prisoners," Diaz-Balart said.