Pre-Debate Q&A with Adolfo Franco - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Adolfo Franco, the McCain-Palin, Latin affairs advisor took a moment to call in and give his perspective on the difference on Sens. John McCain and  Barack Obama on matters concerning Cuba and Venezuela. What do you predict will be McCain’s stance on America’s relationship with Cuba if McCain were president? Would he have a hard-line stance?

Adolfo Franco: Very very bright-light distinction between him and Obama. Obama had an opposition to an embargo with Cuba. Now that he is running for president he has change his position sometimes he’s against it and sometimes he is not. No preconditions.  John McCain’s position is consistent in that he will not sit down with dictators that do not demonstrate a genuine openness to democracy. He has a 25-year record of continuing to put the pressure on Cuba until Cuba begins to change, until there is movement toward a democracy in Cuba, they release political prisoners and allow free press.

What McCain would do differently than Obama, he would provide more assistance to the dissident movement in Cuba and work with our allies to pressure Cuba to form a democracy.

Do you agree with McCain’s policies toward Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez? Do you think Obama’s Latin Policy falls short?

Its very difficult to understand what Barack Obama’s policies are since he ahs never set foot in the region. Barack Obama dangerously has suggested he would sit down with Chavez while he is insulting the U.S. He has not in any way ruled democratically and has put pressure on free enterprise. John McCain said this is not acceptable. You don’t reward and engage in a country until you see a change in the policies that oppress people in that society.

With hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in the past year, does McCain’s support of CAFTA hurt American workers?

The fact of the matter is the only way we can grow is by growing markets worldwide. Obama is opposed to the Columbia Free Trade Agreement. Ninety-two percent of Columbia’s goods come in duty free. American goods that go there are taxed. That is costing people jobs. That is costing us $1 billion in tariffs. An aggressive free trade agreement gives Americans an opportunity to export more, the American economy a change to grow, more jobs to be created and prosperity to take place abroad.

It will increase the opportunity for consumers overseas to buy American products. Like most things in life there is going to be some displacement. McCain’s support of CAFTA will create more jobs that are more competitive. He will find job opportunity in the free trade agreement. Barack Obama’s idea of erecting barriers is a disaster. We need to open the overseas market. We need the ability for people to buy American products. Obama is captive to the labor unions model. That model led to the great depression. Trade barriers led to the great depression. We need policy that

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.