Hillary Clinton will use Friday, her first day of public appearances in Florida as a presidential candidate, to declare her allegiance to President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy in the hometown of Republican rivals who oppose it, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
Much like her speech on immigration reform in Las Vegas, in which she tried to portray herself as willing to go further than Obama, her speech at Florida International University will be her first chance to double down on the president’s move in December to normalize U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations. Clinton’s campaign confirmed Wednesday morning that her FIU speech will be about Cuba. That speech will follow her address to the National Urban League, a civil-rights organization, in Fort Lauderdale earlier Friday.
Clinton will call on Congress to lift the Cuban embargo.
“She will highlight that Republican arguments against increased engagement are part of failed policies of the past and contend that we must look to the future in order to advance a core set of values and interests to engage with Cubans and address human rights abuses,” said a statement from the campaign.