Gingrich: Let's Free Cuba Like Libya

He also blasts Romney's immigration plan as an 'Obama-level fantasy'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2012 2:23 PM CST
Gingrich: Let's Free Cuba Like Libya
Newt Gingrich speaks in the parking lot of the Wings Plus restaurant January 25 in Coral Springs, Florida.   (Getty Images)

Newt Gingrich went fishing for Latino voters in a Univision interview today, calling on the US military to back any uprising in Cuba. "I find it fascinating that Obama is intrigued with Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, but doesn't quite notice Cuba," Gingrich said, according to the Washington Post. "I don't see why Cuba should be sacrosanct. We're very prepared to back people in Libya. … Now Cuba, hands off Cuba. That's baloney. The people in Cuba deserve freedom." (Right back at ya: In an op-ed published in Cuba, Fidel Castro called the GOP race "the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been," notes the New York Times.)

Gingrich also called for a revised policy on Haiti, Mexico, and Latin America in general. But he wasn't afraid to play immigration hawk, bashing Mitt Romney for his assertion in the last debate that illegal immigrants needn't be rounded up, because they would self-deport if deprived economic opportunities. "For Romney to believe that somebody's grandmother is going to be so cut off that she is going to self-deport, I mean this is an Obama-level fantasy," he said. (More Newt Gingrich stories.)

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