President Obama found some value in the turbulent nature of the U.S. presidential campaign as he appealed to Cubans to embrace democratic reforms Tuesday in Havana.
No, it "isn't always pretty," Obama said of the U.S. electoral process, addressing Cubans on the third and final day of his historic visit. But he stepped back from the daily chaos of the presidential campaign to illustrate some of the history taking place and how far the U.S. has come since the last time it engaged with Cuba.
"You had two Cuban Americans in the Republican Party running against the legacy of a black man who was president, while arguing that they're the best person to beat the Democratic nominee, who will either be a woman or a Democratic socialist," he said. "Who would have believed that in 1959? That is a measure of our progress as a democracy."
Ted Cruz won the Utah Republican caucuses, advancing his effort to block front-runner Donald Trump from securing a majority of presidential nominating delegates before the Republican convention in July.
The Texas senator’s victory in the heavily Mormon state came after 2012 GOP nominee and Utah resident Mitt Romney urged Republicans to back anyone but Trump as part of the GOP establishment’s fight to stop the New York billionaire from clinching the nomination.
With the attack in Brussels refocusing the presidential campaign on the issue of terrorism, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Republicans would make the country less safe.
“In the face of terror, America doesn’t panic," she said in a high school gym in Seattle. "We don’t build walls or turn our backs on our allies.”
Clinton sharply criticized the leading GOP candidates for their national security proposals, which involve barring Muslims from the country, scrutinizing Muslim neighborhoods or scaling back America's involvement in international alliances.