''We need to ensure that our foreign policy towards Cuba incentivizes and makes it easier for there to be a democratic transition,'' says Cuban-American Florida Senator Marco Rubio during an interview on CBS' Face the Nation program. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Cuban-American Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he would like to see "more of a democratic opening on the island of Cuba," during an interview on CBS News' Face the Nation program on Sunday (November 27). "I believe it is in our national interests to see democracy take hold on the island of Cuba. And so we should examine our foreign policy, including all of the changes President Obama made, in that lens and through that lens," said Rubio. In Havana, flag-waving Cuban students broke into a mass chant of "I am Fidel" to salute Fidel Castro as nine days of mourning began for the combative Cold War icon, who dominated the Communist island's political life for generations. Alcohol sales were suspended, flags flew at half-staff and shows and concerts were canceled after his younger brother and successor, President Raul Castro, told the country on Friday that Fidel had died at 10:29 p.m., without giving a cause of death. Giant rallies are planned in Havana's Revolution Square and in the eastern city of Santiago to honor Castro, who died aged 90, six decades after the brothers set out from Mexico to overthrow U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Newspapers on the island of 11 million people were printed in black ink to mourn Fidel, instead of the usual red of the official Communist Party daily Granma, and the blue of Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), the paper of the Communist youth.