Huffpost Politics

Jimmy Carter: Cuba Relations Should Be Improved By Next President

Posted: Updated:


WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter says anti-Castro leaders in Florida have a major and exaggerated influence on the presidential election in that battleground state.

Criticizing U.S. policy, Carter says he thinks most Cuban-Americans want open borders and an end to the trade embargo.

He says he hopes the next president will act forcefully to improve relations with Cuba, no matter who wins. But he says he prefers that President Barack Obama win re-election.

Carter is also calling for Cuba to be removed from the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terror. Cuba has been on that list since 1982.

Carter spoke to a meeting of Latin America's development bank in Washington. His comments came as Mitt Romney's campaign is working to link Obama to unpopular aspects of Carter's legacy.

Also on HuffPost:

Obama Rocks Democratic Convention
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Former President Jimmy Carter to visit Cuba | Reuters

Jimmy Carter Visits Cuba Amid Alan Gross, Arrested Contractor ...

BBC News - Jimmy Carter meets Cuban President Raul Castro

Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for three-day visit

What did Jimmy Carter accomplish in Cuba? - By José R. Cárdenas ...

Carter Says Next US President Should Improve Ties with Cuba

Cuban Radio Commentators Are Just Like Castro