On Sunday, Reuters reported that Barack Obama won an endorsement from Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
“I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” the socialist leader said on Sunday.
Chavez also said that if Obama could, he’d return the favor.
“Obama is a good guy … I think that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighborhood, he’d vote for Chavez.”
Chavez is running for another six-year term, and faces challenger Henrique Capriles in an election to take place next weekend.
“Chavez is one of the world’s most strident critics of Washington and his 14 years in office have been characterized by diplomatic spats and insults at the White House,” Helen Murphy wrote.
Speaking at the United Nations, Chavez once referred to George W. Bush as the “devil,” and claimed the former President was out to build a world dictatorship.
“The American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination, and we cannot allow him to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated,” he said at the United Nations.
In 2009, however, he reached out to Obama, perhaps sensing a kindred spirit.
But months after shaking Obama’s hand at the Summit of the Americas, Chavez resumed his tirade against the U.S., claiming that Obama was continuing Bush’s foreign policy.
In December, the Guardian reported that Chavez called Obama a “clown” and an “embarrassment”.
“Focus on governing your country, which you’ve turned into a disaster,” he said.
But Chavez called Obama a “good guy” in July, while calling Romney “extreme.”
“I believe the person to best explain the loser’s agenda isn’t Barack Obama but rather Romney, because it’s the extreme right-wing agenda that borders on the fascism of the United States,” he said.
“Despite the ideological gulf between Washington and Caracas, both sides take a pragmatic approach when it comes to business, with OPEC member Venezuela remaining the United States’ fourth biggest crude supplier,” Murphy added.
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