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Exclusive Interview: Sen. Marco Rubio Talks Cuba, Budget and Health Care

Posted By Rob Bluey On March 22, 2012 @ 9:29 am In Featured,Obamacare,Scribe | Comments Disabled

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the communist island of Cuba next week. But while there, the Catholic leader has no plans to visit Cuban dissidents [1] who are fighting for freedom from the Castro regime.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), born to Cuban immigrants, told us in an exclusive interview Wednesday [2] that the pope should make time to see dissidents. Rubio was at Heritage to promote freedom in Cuba, particularly as it relates to technology and Internet access.

>> Watch video from the event, “Cuba Needs a (Technological) Revolution” [3]

The event, cosponsored by Google Ideas, shed light on the totalitarian practices carried out in Cuba. Rubio said the introduction of technology would usher in a new era for the Cuban people [4] and topple Cuba’s ailing dictator Fidel Castro and little brother Raul Castro, the country’s president.

In the interview, Rubio shared this thoughts on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal [5], the second anniversary of President Obama’s health care law [6] and the ongoing debate over religious liberty [7]. He also discussed why he’s a conservative, a topic covered in his forthcoming memoir, “An American Son [8],” which will be published in June.

The interview [2] runs about five minutes. Hosted by Rob Bluey [9] and produced by Brandon Stewart [10]. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel [11].

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URLs in this post:

[1] no plans to visit Cuban dissidents: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/21/pope-benedict-why-wont-meet-cubas-dissidents/

[2] an exclusive interview Wednesday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwuQ834ajnY

[3] Watch video from the event, “Cuba Needs a (Technological) Revolution”: http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/03/cuba

[4] usher in a new era for the Cuban people: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/21/2706473/sen-marco-rubio-internet-access.html

[5] Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/03/ryans-budget-confronting-the-nations-government-spending-crisis

[6] the second anniversary of President Obama’s health care law: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/03/the-obamacare-two-year-checkup-more-reasons-for-repeal

[7] ongoing debate over religious liberty: http://blog.heritage.org/tag/obamacare-and-religious-freedom/

[8] An American Son: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595230947/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=blublo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1595230947

[9] Rob Bluey: http://www.heritage.org/About/Staff/B/Robert-Bluey

[10] Brandon Stewart: http://www.heritage.org/About/Staff/S/Brandon-Stewart

[11] subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=heritagefoundation

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