McCain says “No” to socialism

Senator John McCain made a campaign stop in Miami today. I’m not a big fan of him as a politician, but as a veteran myself, I do respect how he distinguished himself in the military and I appreciate the sacrifices he made in Vietnam especially when he was held prisoner for several years.

Having said that, I heard him on Spanish radio in Miami this morning and I can at least say that I appreciate his call to end Castro’s reign of terror, as well as his pledge to do everything he can–legally and peacefully, mind you–to bring about an end to Cuba’s socialist nightmare.

Senator McCain also made the obligatory “pander” trip to the heart of “El Exilio” as well, but with a twist:

In a speech to veterans of the ill-fated, CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, McCain said his first trip if elected to the White House in 2008 would be to Mexico, Canada and Latin America “to reaffirm my commitment to our hemisphere and the importance of relations within our hemisphere.”

The Arizona senator said that “everyone should understand the connections” between Chavez, Morales and communist Cuban President Fidel Castro.

“They inspire each other. They assist each other. They get ideas from each other,” McCain said. “It’s very disturbing.”

No word on whether or not he had a shot of Cuban coffee, but he did sound awake on the radio.