Obama Shakes Hands With Raul Castro While Ted Cruz Walks Out On Castro’s Speech

Obama Shakes Hands With Raul Castro While Ted Cruz Walks Out On Castro’s Speech

Barack Obama could learn a lot about what real leadership looks like from Ted Cruz.

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday as Cuba’s President Raul Castro began speaking.

A spokesman for Cruz, who is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the Mandela memorial, told Newsmax that the senator feels “Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents.”

Cruz’s father fled Cuba before Fidel Castro – Raul’s brother and predecessor – came to power in 1959.

…Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free,” the senator’s spokesman said.

Cruz hopes the Cuban strongman’s regime frees its political prisoners and forgives its enemies, his spokesman told Newsmax, and that “Raul Castro learns the lesson of Nelson Mandela.”

The action by Cruz came in stark contrast to that of President Barack Obama, who shook hands with Castro at the service.

While our President shook hands with a tyrant, Ted Cruz stood up for freedom and the oppressed people of Cuba. That’s a lesson in real leadership that Barack Obama will never heed.

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