For his part, John McCain wants to keep the embargo just how it is. Here's his official statement on Cuba:
John McCain will press the Cuban regime to unconditionally release all political prisoners, legalize all political parties, labor unions and free media, and schedule internationally monitored elections. The embargo must stay in place....
John McCain will provide more material assistance and moral support to human rights activists and increase Radio and TV Marti and other means to communicate directly to the Cuban people.
McCain also tries to drum up some anti-Castro rage by saying that Obama "wants to sit down unconditionally for a presidential meeting with Raul Castro."
What he's referring to are these comments made on February 21 during Obama's debate with Hillary Clinton. If you don't want to watch the video, here's a broader look at what Obama said:
Keep in mind that the starting point for our policy in Cuba should be the liberty of the Cuban people. And I think we recognize that that liberty has not existed throughout the Castro regime. And we now have an opportunity to potentially change the relationship between the United States and Cuba after over half a century.
I would meet without preconditions, although Senator Clinton is right that there has to be preparation. It is very important for us to make sure that there was an agenda, and on that agenda was human rights, releasing of political prisoners, opening up the press. And that preparation might take some time.
Interestingly, there's another Republican up for election this year who does support ending the embargo. He's Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, and he introduced legislation last year--which is currently languishing in committee--to end travel restrictions completely. Then again, he can afford to introduce politically risky bills: Right now, he's ahead by 27 points.
· The Candidates on Cuba Policy [CFR]
· Enzi Advocates Real Change on Cuba Policy [Official Site]
· Barack Obama on Cuba [Official Site]
· John McCain on Cuba [Official Site]
· I Am Cuba: a Celluloid Journey to the Forbidden Caribbean Isle [Jaunted]