"Of course the United States stands ready," Clinton said. "And, as president, I would be ready to reach out and work with a new Cuban government, once it demonstrated that it truly was going to change that direction."
"I would not meet with him until there was evidence that change was happening, because I think it's important that they demonstrate clearly that they are committed to change the direction," she clarified.
Obama, on the other hand, was more willing to arrange a meeting with Raul Castro, Fidel's brother who has been acting president in recent months.
"I would meet without preconditions, although Sen. Clinton is right that there has to be preparation," Obama said. "It is very important for us to make sure that there was an agenda, and on that agenda was human rights, releasing of political prisoners, opening up the press. And that preparation might take some time."
"But I do think that it's important for the United States not just to talk to its friends, but also to talk to its enemies," Obama added. "In fact, that's where diplomacy makes the biggest difference."