I pledge to make a candidates positions on Cuba an important factor in my vote in caucuses or primaries and the general election for President, as well as for Congress.
They must respond to the two-thirds of Americans who want real change in US policy, and
* State unambiguously that they will improve US international standing by substituting engagement for President Bush\'s goal of regime replacement and will launch negotiations to resolve obstacles to normal diplomatic and trade relations;
* Commit use of Presidential authority to restore Americans
The Executive Director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development began working for normalization of diplomatic, cultural and trade relations of the United States with Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam when the war ended in 1975.
Advocacy for similar normalization with Cuba began in 1997, giving special emphasis to restoring the Constitutional right of Americans to travel without politically motivated restrictions.
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Presidential candidates Dodd, Kucinich and Paul favor normal US diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba. Obama and Richards support unrestricted family reunion travel and remittances by Cuban Americans. Edwards endorses family travel. Clinton and the other Republican candidates approve Bush Administration policy.
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For further information
Presidential candidate watch: http://candidatecubawatch.blogspot.com/
Articles related to US-Cuba normalization
Reports about and from internal discussions of social and economic reform: http://internalreform.blogspot.com/
Links to legislation and sponsorship lists: http://cubacampaign.blogspot.com/
Personal analysis of strategy for normalization:
Travel Industry Committee on Cuba:
Tax deductible donations to support educational work on US-Cuba relations: http://www.nycharities.org/donate/charitydonate.aspID=1270