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Campaign 2008

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Morning Update: Diplomacy with Foes

by campaign2008 Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) again addressed his views on diplomacy on Wednesday. The New York Times reported Obama stressed “the difference between avoiding preconditions for talks with nations like Iran and Syria, and granting them automatic discussions at the presidential level.” Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Obama also said it would be “premature” to reopen the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

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Quote of the Day

by campaign2008 Wednesday, May 28, 2008

“Even as we campaign for the presidency, we will use our standing as Senators to press for the steps needed to ensure that the United States honors, in practice and in deed, its commitment to the cause of peace and protection of Darfur’s innocent citizenry. We will continue to keep a close watch on events in Sudan and speak out for its marginalized peoples. It would be a huge mistake for the Khartoum regime to think that it will benefit by running out the clock on the Bush Administration.”

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Morning Update: Obama’s Cuba Policy

by campaign2008 Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In a column published Monday, former Cuban President Fidel Castro criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) May 23 speech in which he called for “justice for Cuba’s political prisoners, the rights of free speech, a free press and freedom of assembly” and “elections that are free and fair.” Obama said he would maintain the U.S. embargo on Cuba but open up contacts in other areas.

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Quote of the Day

by campaign2008 Friday, May 23, 2008

“There are no better ambassadors for freedom than Cuban Americans. That’s why I wObamaill immediately allow unlimited family travel and remittances to the island. It’s time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime.”

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