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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 2/23/18-In response to last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Gov. Rick Scott outlines his plan to keep students safe while at school during a news conference Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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Rick Scott calls for international monitoring of Cuban elections

Gov. Rick Scott has never shied away from taking foreign policy stances as Governor; as a Senate candidate, those positions will warrant even more attention.

In that context: a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence Thursday ahead of the Summit of the Americas, where Pence and Sen. Marco Rubio will represent the United States.

Citing Pence’s “profound commitment to democracy and human rights,” Scott noted the “brutal dictatorship” in Cuba was imposing “so-called elections” to facilitate a “dynastic succession.”

Scott asserted the need for “elections with international supervision” in Cuba, called for by the “region, in one voice.”

He also pins the Cuban government with “orchestrating” the current “Venezuelan nightmare.”

In bold in the original, Scott emphasizes: “It should be made clear that until the United States knows that Cuba is on a path to democracy, Venezuela will remain on a path toward totalitarianism.

Scott is also a reliable advocate for muscular assertions of the American position and prerogatives.

Addressing potential military action in Syria, Scott said the following Wednesday: “I think it’s very important that America stands for freedom. I think we’ve got to defend our borders and our rights and all those things. But every chance we have the opportunity to help another group of individuals fight for freedom, we’ve got to do it.”

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

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