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CNBC Exclusive: CNBC Excerpts: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez Speaks with CNBC’s Melissa Lee on “Power Lunch” Today

WHEN: Today, Monday, April 18th

WHERE: CNBC's "Power Lunch"

Following are excerpts from the unofficial transcript of a CNBC EXCLUSIVE interview with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET). CNBC's Melissa Lee spoke with Mayor Gimenez following the news that Carnival may delay its Cuba cruise over discrimination concerns. Following is a link to the video on CNBC.com: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000510561.

All references must be sourced to CNBC.

GIMENEZ ON CARNIVAL CRUISE

Today, they said they were going to allow Cuban Americans to buy tickets and they are going to try to get the law changed in Cuba. And if Cuba does not change it, they will cancel the cruise….Carnival is a great corporate sponsor, Mickey Arison is a great owner. I think it is the right thing to do. And then they have got their issues with Cuba, let them work it out.

GIMENEZ ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Carlos Gimenez: It violated our human rights ordinances. You can't discriminate based on national origin. And so I, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, born in Cuba, couldn't buy a ticket –

Melissa Lee: You couldn't go on that cruise that would originate from a port in your county.

Gimenez: I couldn't go on that cruise. That will originate from a port that's not only in my county, it is operated by Miami-Dade County.

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