Kerry And Hagel, Two Obama Nominees Against Cuba Embargo
President Barack Obama's proposed second term cabinet includes two long-standing critics of the US trade embargo against Cuba, although the chance of the 50-year-old US policy changing seem scant.
Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, has until now been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the panel before which he will defend his nomination on Thursday.
For years he has been pressing for changes in the US policy towards Cuba, which he considers wrong.
"In 1995 the United States normalized relations with Vietnam. The Cold War had ended, and we even signed a trade deal with a country where 58,000 Americans had given their lives," he wrote in an op-ed piece in 1999.
1. It will be interesting to see if Menendez will go after Kerry on his position
I agree - as I suspect modt do here - with Kerry's position. Menendez, likely as a pander to his Cuban supporters is pretty far right on this. However, he is clearly ambitious and if Kerry is confirmed, he becomes Chair of SFRC. (In addition, he owes Kerry who helped him raise money and had rallies in NJ for him in 2006 when he ran against Kean Jr. )