Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine said Monday that the U.S. should seek some sort of human-rights agreement with Cuba, as both nations continue to expand their diplomatic relationship.
Speaking in Spanish to Colombia-based radio network W Radio, Kaine praised President Obama's renewal of U.S.-Cuba ties -- he and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are "big supporters" -- but acknowledged differences remain between the two countries.
"There are still issues between the United States and Cuba, and we should talk and seek an agreement on human-rights, issues, for example," he said. "But we need to have a relationship with Cuba, like with other nations. Diplomatic relations aren't a sign that everything's perfect, but it's a channel for dialogue, and I'm really glad that the relationship between the United States and Cuba is in a new chapter. This relationship has already opened doors in the Americas with other countries, I think in a good way for the United States -- and for Cuba, too."
The interview, taped while Kaine was in Los Angeles, lasted about 10 minutes. According to Caracol, in additional to airing in Colombia and South Florida, the interview got play in Panama, Venezuela, Spain, and the New York area.
Asked about the importance of Florida's Hispanic vote, Kaine noted Latinos can affect election results in other states, too. His home state of Virginia has 300,000 eligible Hispanic votes in an electorate of about 4 million, he said.