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Rand Paul: Cuba Relations Thaw ‘Probably a Good Idea’

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul broke with many of his Senate colleagues over Cuba on Thursday, telling a West Virginia radio station that the Obama administration’s push to “normalize” relations with the communist Caribbean nation is “probably a good idea.”

The likely 2016 presidential candidate was silent when news of the policy change first broke on Wednesday. And on Thursday, he chose a small radio station in rural West Virginia to air his opinion.

“The 50-year embargo just hasn’t worked,” Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, West Virginia, according to the Associated Press. “If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn’t seem to be working, and probably, it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.”

“In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea,” the senator continued.

The stand puts Rand at odds with likely presidential rivals Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, all of whom came out forcefully against lifting the embargo on Wednesday.

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