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Marco Rubio's claims about Cuba face Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact checked two claims this week by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, related to Cuba:

"The president said that the people of Cuba do not have access to advanced, 21st century modern technology for communications and telecommunications because of the U.S. embargo. That is false," Rubio said. "The reason why they don't have access to 21st century telecommunications — like smart phones, like access to the Internet — is because it is illegal in Cuba."

Obama’s statement wasn’t as full-throated as Rubio made it sound. And some of what Obama suggested is true, experts told us.

That said, Rubio has the better part of the argument that Cuba’s restrictive policies loom large over the debate. We rated this statement Mostly True (fact-check written by Lauren Carroll and Steve Contorno).

At a press conference Rubio said this:

"The White House has conceded everything and gained little. They gained no commitment on the part of the Cuban regime to freedom of press or freedom of speech or elections. No binding commitment was made to truly open up the Internet. No commitment was made to allowing the establishment of political parties or to even begin the semblance of a transition to a democracy.

We rated his statement Mostly True (fact-check written by Louis Jacobson).

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