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Rep. Castro Corrects Andrea Mitchell: I’m Mexican-American, Not Cuban-American


As President Barack Obama geared up for a historic meeting with Cuba’s Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell broadcast her show live from Panama City. But things quickly became awkward when she asked her guest, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX) about his “Cuban-American background.”

“Well, I’m Mexican-American,” Castro quickly corrected her, acknowledging that he does have the “same last name” as the Cuban regime and acting like this is probably something he gets a lot.

Thrown off a bit, Mitchell said, “Mexican-American, but you understand the real divisions in the Hispanic and Latino communities about this.”

“Oh, absolutely,” Castro said, seeming to take the mistake in stride. He proceeded to give his, mostly positive assessment of President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba.

Watch video below, via MSNBC:

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