Democrat Barack Obama is slated to address the prominent Cuban American National Foundation on May 23, setting up a near-collision over foreign policy with Republican John McCain, who will deliver a major speech on Cuba three days earlier.
Their back-to-back appearances in Miami will offer one of the sharpest contrasts of the fledgling general election campaign: Obama favors pursuing democratic reforms by talking to the Cuban government and allowing Cuban Americans to freely travel and send money to the island. McCain defends the Bush administration's hard-line stance aimed at debilitating the communist regime.
The candidates' divergent views on Cuba reflect their broader campaign strategies, with Obama seeking to portray himself as an agent of change and McCain aspiring to the image of the seasoned foreign-policy steward.
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