Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Candidate Quotes

Where do the U.S. presidential candidates stand on the critical issues (and threats) in the region today?

Boliviarianism

“The Bolivarian movement threatens U.S. allies such as Colombia, has interfered with regional cooperation on […] illicit drugs and counterterrorism […] provided safe haven for drug traffickers […] encouraged regional terrorist organizations, and […] invited Iran and foreign terrorist organizations like Hezbollah into the region.” —Mitt Romney

Venezuela

“I will launch a campaign to advance economic opportunity in Latin America, and contrast the benefits of democracy, free trade and free enterprise against the material and moral bankruptcy of the Venezuelan and Cuban model.” —Mitt Romney

Cuba

“The right course for Cuba is to continue to honor Helms-Burton. I will use every resource we have, short of invasion and military action, to make sure that when Fidel Castro finally leaves this planet […]” —Mitt Romney

“The United States seeks a new beginning with Cuba. I know there’s a longer journey that must be traveled to overcome decades of mistrust, but there are critical steps we can take toward a new day […]” —Barack Obama

Immigration

“The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don’t have legal documentation to allow them to work here.” —Mitt Romney

“But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country.” —Barack Obama
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The Obama administration is on track to deport more undocumented immigrants in one term—over 1.22 million as of February 2012—than the Bush administration did in two terms (1.57 million).]

Free Trade

“Passage of the Colombia and Panama trade agreements and the resolution of the U.S.-Mexico trucking dispute underscore [my] commitment to creating new opportunities for U.S. exporters and support rules-based trade.” —Barack Obama

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