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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen once called for the assassination of Fidel Castro

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen once called for the assassination of Fidel Castro

Ever since we published our election night profile of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the next head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we’ve received dozens of e-mails pointing us to a video clip where the Florida-based Cuban-American lawmaker appears to call for the assassination of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

"I just feel such a great source of pride of being here in the United States Congress representing so many freedom fighters both in exile in the United States and on the island as well. I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people," Ros-Lehtinen says in the video clip, recorded in a 2006 interview for the British documentary 638 Ways to Kill Castro.

After the clip was released, Ros-Lehtinen alleged that the video was spliced together but didn’t back off her contention that is might be better if Castro were dead.

Ros-Lehtinen’s spokeswoman told the Miami Herald in the aftermath of the controversy that the congresswoman has never called for anyone’s assassination. But Ros-Lehtinen told the Herald in 2006 she can’t rule out that she ever mentioned Castro and a potential assassination. "If someone were to do it, I wouldn’t be crying," she said.