BY JOSH LEDERMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
JG: Good to hear a sane voice in the Democratic Party. Did you hear that Mr. President? Do not ignore the combined voices of 187 nations. LIFT THE CUBA EMBARGO!