Politics & Government

Many Cuban Americans base vote on multiple issues

U.S. policy toward Cuba, generally a high-profile issue among Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade County, took a back seat to concerns about the economy, taxes and the Iraq War among nearly a dozen voters polled at three precincts on Election Day.

Though these voters expressed strident opposition to the Castro regime, most said they felt that Cuba policy would not be a priority for the next American president.

Waiting his turn to vote in precinct 439 at St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Westchester on Tuesday morning, Miamian Jorge Touron, 43, planned to vote for Republican Sen. John McCain, though not necessarily because of his position on Cuba.

"It's not a priority for me at the moment," he said. "I have family and sons born here."

Touron said his biggest concerns are the economy, taxes and foreign policy.

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