December 11, 2013 10:41 am -

Senator Ted Cruz, part of the U.S. delegation to pay respects to Nelson Mandela, walked out when Cuban President Raul Castro spoke.

“Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” his spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said.

“For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners. He should hold free elections, and once and for all, set the Cuban people free.”