February 21, 2014
Tipping Point? Public Opinion and US Cuba Policy in 2014
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Despite this shift, Congressman Berman noted that the pro-normalization movement was still fighting a tough battle, in that there are few fighting. The problem, he noted, is that for those who wish to keep the embargo, this is what they dedicate their entire political careers to: it is their everything. Alternately, those who favor normalization do so in a more passive way, and prioritize other issues. Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Director Peter Schechter pointed to Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, a one-time embargo supporter who recently came out in favor of normalization, saying that if Crist lost the race in six months it would be for a thousand reasons other than his stance on Cuba. Dean Frank Gilliam of the UCLA School of Public Policy elaborated on this discrepancy: “old narratives die hard.”