Latin American Communists Back Obama
FEBRUARY 15, 2008
This week Barack Obama got a second presidential endorsement from a world renowned communist, who assures that the Illinois senator is a spokesman for millions of Central American and Mexican citizens who migrate to the U.S.
Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega, the head of the Marxist Sandinista Liberation Front, says Obama’s presidential bid is a “revolutionary” phenomenon in the United States because he will bring great change that will offer justice and equality toward all. In other words, socialism and a redistribution of wealth.
Ortega led the Soviet-backed Sandinista movement that presented a communist threat to the entire region in the late 1970s. His Marxist troops fought a long and bloody civil war against the U.S.-backed Contras and Ortega became head of the ruling junta in the leftist regime until 1990. He returned to office last year and top U.S. officials have labeled him a hoodlum.
The Nicaraguan leader is the second prominent Latin American communist to publicly back Obama for president. Last August the world’s longest ruling dictator, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, endorsed an Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket as unbeatable.
In an editorial published in Cuba’s official Communist Party newspaper, Granma, Castro wrote that a Clinton-Obama ticket would be invincible because Hillary is the (Bill) Clinton successor and Obama is the popular African American candidate.
The communist dictator, who has outlasted nine U.S. presidents since taking over in 1959, says Clinton and Obama have only demanded a democratic government in Cuba because it is a sacred duty in seeking votes in Florida, with its powerful Cuban exile population.
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