September 30, 2009 3:02 AM

Commentary: By blocking Obama's Latin America nominees, DeMint plays detrimental politics

When former President Bill Clinton, Costa Rica President Oscar Arias and top officials from across the hemisphere attend the Americas Conference in Coral Gables on Tuesday, one of the issues that will surely come up is whether anybody is in charge of U.S. policy toward Latin America. The Obama administration's nominee for top State Department official in charge of hemispheric affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, has not yet been confirmed by the Senate. As a result, Latin America is the only State Department geographic regional office without an Obama administration appointee.

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