McCain again criticizes Obama for saying he would meet with Castro

May 21, 2008 00:48

Republican John McCain, speaking to a raucous crowd on Cuba's independence day, hammered Democrat Barack Obama for saying he would meet with Cuban President Raul Castro and called Obama a "tool of organized labor" for opposing a Latin American trade deal. For a second day, McCain criticized Obama for saying, in a debate last year, that as president he would meet with the leaders of Cuba, Iran and Venezuela without preconditions. McCain insisted such a meeting could endanger national security, sounding a theme that is likely to persist until the November general election. The Arizona senator recalled the ridicule President Jimmy Carter faced in 1979 when he kissed Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev during the signing of an arms treaty.

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