Former Cuban President, Fidel Castro, berated the US Republican Party presidential candidates for their "idiocy and ignorance" after they announced their intentions to bring freedom to Cuba upon election. Just days before the Republican Party's primary in Florida - a state that many Cuban Americans call home - the Cuba Debate website posted Castro's discontent in the "Reflections" column. After rebuking the US for thinking Cuba would "fall into her bosom like ripe fruit," Castro wrote, "the fruit did not fall." He continued to lash out at "the candidates that aspire to be the president of that globalized imperialist reign" (Williams). .
"The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is - and I mean this seriously - the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been," wrote Castro. .
The Republican candidates recently took a stance against President Obama for his neglect of Cubans who want to overthrow the Cuban government, which is now headed by Castro's brother, Raul. In front of a crowd in Florida, Mitt Romney announced that "it is time for us to strike for freedom in Cuba. If I'm fortunate enough to become the next president of the United States, it is my expectation that Fidel Castro will finally be taken off this planet. I doubt he'll take any time in the sky. He'll find a nether region to be more to his comfort" (Williams). .
Following right after, Newt Gingrich echoed Romney's words. "The plan would be to take all of the tools that Ronald Reagan, Pop John Paul II, and Prime Minister Thatcher used to break the Soviet Empire," he said at a forum sponsored by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "They went at it psychologically, they went at it economically, they went at it diplomatically, they went at it with covert operations. They maximized the growth of solidarity. They provided tools" (Williams).