Rick Scott spotlights Cuban-American support, slams Joe Biden for coddling ‘murderous dictatorship’

Cuban Rick Scott
The Senator expects to face Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in November.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is celebrating Cuban Independence Day by highlighting Cuban-American support and spotlighting what he sees as a grave failing by the Joe Biden administration in its relations with the Cuban regime.

“May 20 is a day where the United States should be honoring the people of Cuba, the freedom fighters who lost their lives at the hands of this murderous regime, and every political prisoner unjustly detained and tortured by the (Miguel) Díaz-Canel regime,” Scott said.

“But only five days ago, President Biden took the first step to removing Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list which is a complete travesty. Once again, Biden is turning his back on the Cuban people, and providing concessions to a murderous dictatorship. We won’t stand idly by, and I will be doing all I can in the Senate to get this poor decision reversed.”

As is typical of his messaging, Scott yoked himself to the Donald Trump campaign, in contrast to the Biden administration and his likely opponent in November, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

“Our world is becoming more dangerous because President Biden lets dictators go unpunished. Socialism and Communism always bring destruction, misery, oppression, and death and so many people who have escaped these horrors now call Florida home. There is no way we will let the Democrats’ socialist agenda into our great state,” Scott said.

Scott’s highlighting of Cuban-American support follows yet another positive poll for his campaign released Sunday. The CBS News survey has him up 45% to 37% in a hypothetical General Election with Mucarsel-Powell, which is a smaller spread than found in polls by the Florida Chamber and Florida Atlantic University.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    May 20, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    Castro is supposed to have had some people shot ~1960 right after he took over.
    But is that sort of thing still going on?

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 20, 2024 at 11:39 pm

      It’s a police state, but it’s crumbling and opening up trade and other relations is now being blocked primarily by the older cohorts of Cuban refugees who don’t like the younger cohorts going back and forth. (The former still imagine they can retrieve their property and assets, especially the landholders — and they expect the US government to help them, as always.)

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  • KathrynA

    May 20, 2024 at 9:39 pm

    Just crazy all Scott says and openly lies about so many things. I don’t believe their is any proof Joe Biden had anything to do with the Communist taking over the Cuban government in the first place or since.

  • tom palmer

    May 20, 2024 at 10:04 pm

    Cuba did punish dissidents, but you their relatives knew where they were. Contrast that with CIA-supported regimes like Argentina and Chile, where the victims simply disappeared.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 20, 2024 at 11:41 pm

      They made it a living hell for LBGTQ and probably still do: the ol’ machismo.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 21, 2024 at 7:14 am

    So many Cubans came here, and to hear the locals at the time, they were drenched with benefits, the same kind of benefits Scott says are socialism.

    Scott loves the Cuban Americans, but he loves Trump more and Trump loves Putin and Russia and the folks who kept Castro in power all these years.

    • Nope

      May 21, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      Somebody should remind Scott that the US is already a socialist government. Socialist for Wall Street, for Corporations, for political PACS and dark money, for crony bailouts and favouritism, and state administrative takeover of every aspect of life. The US just skipped over the part where there are any benefits to the people, like healthcare, housing, education, and went straight to the corrupt crony corporatism part. But he knows this, since it was his business model and still is for the state of Florida. Using taxpayer dollars to prop up private interests in a closed crony system is corporate socialism, for which we all bear the costs, with government controlling every aspect of life down to the local level while simultaneously stripping citizens of their rights as well as their wallets. This is the new GOP model. This is the Florida model. So Scott should know this. Maybe he lost the memo or is forgetting in his dotage.

    • FAU 1969

      May 21, 2024 at 5:34 pm

      Late 60s, end of registration, last line going up to pay tuition.
      That is us Floridian students.
      Fifteen feet away is the parallel line of Cuban students.
      Going up to get their paperwork for their free tuition.
      Maybe a couple of legit scholarship students were in that line too, but not most.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 21, 2024 at 9:04 pm

      No immigrant group in US history got the red carpet treatment like the first generations of Cubans and this continued to be the case until Obama evened things up a bit between Cubans and Haitians who had tended to get the back of the hand via Krome.

  • James Cocores MD

    May 21, 2024 at 11:08 am

    Rick Scott has been quieter than a person on a respirator during a power failure. Look for him to start telling us how great he is because his alarm clock is howling. The Republican primary for the US Senate in Florida is August 20, 2024. Cocores JA v Scott Rick 502017CA010055 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida exhibits what a persona falsa Rick Scott is. And that is exactly why Rick Scott is as responsible for Floridians overdosing on fentanyl as Joe Biden.

  • Tjb

    May 21, 2024 at 11:26 am

    Thank God that Ricky is fighting socialism by weakling our Social Security and Medicare benefits. We can not have these type of programs helping Americans.

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      May 21, 2024 at 9:06 pm

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      • MH/Duuuval

        May 21, 2024 at 9:07 pm

        that’s audition, not auction

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