Gary Johnson on Cuba

Last Updated : Jul 23, 2012

Summary

During a September 2011 presidential debate, Governor Johnson stated that he supported free and open trade with Cuba, implying that he would support lifting the ban on travel and trade with Cuba.

 

Fox News / Google Debate

On September 22, 2011 Governor Johnson participated in the Fox News / Google debate. He was asked about Cuba and the return of flights to that nation. He stated that trade with any nation was the best way for the US to exert our will.

BAIER: Speaker Gingrich, thank you. Governor Johnson, here in Florida, charter flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Havana, Cuba, have resumed. Is there a problem with that? And what are your thoughts on U.S.-Cuba policy?

JOHNSON: I think the biggest threat to our national security is the fact that we're bankrupt, so I am promising to submit a balanced budget to Congress in the year 2013, and included in that is a 43 percent reduction in military spending.

I think it's crazy that we have foreign aid to company -- to countries when we're borrowing 43 cents out of every dollar to do that. (APPLAUSE) Military alliances -- military alliances are really key to other countries taking up the slack.

With regard to flights to Cuba? You know, I'm -- I'm in favor, I think, of the whole notion that trade promotes friendship, as opposed to not. So I would be inclined to looking at establishing or supporting those kinds of flights. 

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