Fidel to McCain: “Stop lying”

Today’s top stories ahead of the Potomac primaries in Maryland and Virginia, as well as Washington D.C., include the claim by Cuban leader Fidel Castro that Republican Presidential front-runner, Senator John McCain, “lied” when he alleged Cubans were involved in Vietnam torture.

Sen McCain’s remarks in question, according to the BBC, were made during campaigning ahead of Florida’s primaries late last month, when he said: “There’s a person I want you to help me find when Cuba is free, and that’s that Cuban that came to the prison camps of North Vietnam and tortured and killed my friends. We’ll get him and bring him to justice, too.”

Castro today called McCain’s statements “accusations against internationalist Cuban revolutionaries” that were “completely unethical”. However, McCain hit back by saying that for him to respond to Castro was beneath him.

Now, bearing in mind the U.S. and Cuba’s long history of horrible relations, one wonders if the Democrats, especially Sens Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, will make any mention about this or support Sen McCain against Fidel. I doubt either will, but maybe either one might see some political gain from doing so? Certainly, would it hurt them?

Polls have opened in the three states/districts mentioned earlier in today’s primaries. AP’s delegate projection gives Sen Clinton a very, very slim lead of just 23 delegates, but this count includes superdelegates (unpledged delegates) who could flip-flop either way at any time. We’ll know by the end of the day if Sen Obama has managed to build on his strong weekend showing.

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