Cuban-Americans will turn out in droves in November to vote Republican — no matter who the nominee is — and prevent President Barack Obama from winning a second term, prominent Miami broadcaster and community activist Carolos Perez tells Newsmax.
“We cannot tolerate, under no circumstances, four more years of President Obama. His ideas are socialist. Look at his policies, Obamacare,” Perez said.
“All over the country, not only Cuban-Americans, the anti-Obama feeling is so big that we’ll neutralize the inertia within the Republican Party. At the zero hour, everybody will back the Republican candidate,” Perez said during the exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV.
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The Hispanic vote will be a huge factor in determining the outcome of the presidential election. However, the Cuban-American community of South Florida tends to be much more conservative than other Latino communities across the nation, he said.
Cuban-Americans have a unique perspective on the race because they have been able to observe how the Castro regime has hurt their homeland over five decades, he said.
“The Castro regime and communism or socialism has been able to destroy the whole country, all the institutions, everything. It’s a disaster,” said Perez, who also is a successful businessman.
Obama is not as radical as Fidel Castro, but he has begun implementing socialist systems in the United States, Perez said.
“Slowly but surely, there is a trend toward socialism that must be stopped,” he said.
The Obama administration is incredibly naïve when it comes to the Castro regime, Perez said. “They believe that in opening up their arms, the Cuban government is going to improve the relationship with the United States. All of that is, quoting [Newt] Gingrich, pure baloney.
“They don’t have the slightest idea of how the communist government in Cuba works,” Perez said.
If Obama is not checked, Perez insisted, the United States will find itself facing the same political instability and financial problems threatening the European Union.
“Europe is in turmoil because it’s a socialist state. President Obama tried to establish a European community within the United States.”
Asked about GOP presidential candidates, Perez said it appears that Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich will capture the party’s nomination. Either would be preferable to Obama, he said, although there is some uncertainty about whether Romney’s political ideals are genuine.
“I think the Cuban-American community looks at Mitt Romney exactly the same way the rest of the country looks at Mitt Romney. He’s a good leader; he’s a good man. We have a lot of questions about his conservatism. Some of us feel that he’s not conservative enough,” Perez said.
Gingrich has the best approach on immigration, the Cuban-American leader said.
The former House speaker has said that illegal immigrants who have family ties in the United States and support themselves and pay taxes should be able to apply for legal status, although not citizenship.
When it comes to the No. 2 candidate on the Republican ticket, Perez said he thinks Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be an excellent choice. He described Rubio, a Cuban-American, as “a brilliant guy, very decent man” with appeal not just to the Hispanic community but also beyond.
“I think he would be a good vice president,” Perez said.
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