While the cameras of the world were focused on six-year-old Elian Gonzalez, Sen. Jesse Helms , R – N.C., did something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

The staunchly conservative Republican, legendary anti-Communist, and longtime ally of Cuban-Americans, voted, for the first time, for a bill that would poke holes in the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

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