Newt Gingrich Suggests Fidel Castro Should Go to Hell at GOP Florida Debate

Trying to appeal to Florida's conservative-leaning Cuban community, Newt Gingrich playfully suggested that Fidel Castro should go to hell at tonight's GOP debate in Tampa, Florida. The comment came in response to Mitt Romney, who told the audience that we should "thank God" when Castro "returns to his maker."

So goes the Republican debate in Tampa, proving to be a one-on-one showdown between Romney and Gingrich for the party's top spot.

Both candidates have made a push for the Hispanic vote over the course of the weekend. On Monday, the Romney campaign released a new Spanish language radio advertisement in Florida titled “Estoy,” or "I am." Over 22% of Florida's population is Hispanic.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, President Barack Obama would grab 68 percent of the Latino vote to Romney’s 23 percent in a hypothetical match-up.

Both Gingrich and Romney chastized President Obama for opening up relations between the United States and Cuba since taking office in 2008. Gingrich went so far as to suggest that the U.S. should help to "overthrow the regime" in a "Cuban Spring" modeled after the Arab World.

Both candidates' answers may have failed with the audience. Ron Paul received a rousing applause when he sided with President Obama and advocated for further opening of relations and trade with Cuba.

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