Huffpost WorldPost

Hugo Chavez Says He'd Vote For Obama

Posted: Updated:
HUGO CHAVEZ VOTE OBAMA
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez throws kisses during a campaign rally in Monagas on September 28, 2012. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/GettyImages) | Getty Images

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the U.S. presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama.

"If I were American, I'd vote for Obama," Chavez said in a televised interview that aired Sunday.

The Venezuelan leader called Obama "a good guy" and said if the U.S. president were a Venezuelan, "I think ... he'd vote for Chavez."

Chavez is running for re-election, seeking another six years in office in an Oct. 7 vote. Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in his November re-election bid.

Venezuela has had tense relations with the U.S. government for years, even though the United States remains the top buyer of oil from the country.

"I wish we could begin a new period of normal relations with the government of the United States," Chavez said in the interview on the Venezuelan television channel Televen.

Chavez and Obama shook hands at a 2009 summit, but relations have since cooled.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has been without an ambassador since July 2010, with Chavez rejecting Washington's nominee for ambassador, Larry Palmer, and accusing him of making disrespectful remarks about Venezuela's government. That led Washington to revoke the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S.

Also on HuffPost:

History of Chavez's Rule
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Chavez: Venezuela is no threat, Obama is a "good guy" - Yahoo! News

Romney, GOP howl over Obama's remark about Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez on Obama: He's the Good Guy - Katie Pavlich

Rubio Slams Obama Comment: Chavez Not a 'Serious' National ...

Venezuela polls mixed as presidential vote nears