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Hugo Chavez signals preference in US presidential election

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By Doug Powers  •  July 23, 2012 09:37 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Alternate headline: Danny Glover and Sean Penn now a lock to vote for Obama:

In a campaign speech Saturday night, Chavez equated the agenda of his challenger, Henrique Capriles, with that of Romney, saying both men represent the callously selfish capitalist elite.

Chavez claims Capriles, a moderate former governor, is trying to trick Venezuelans into believing he genuinely cares about the poor, the core of Venezuelan president’s constituency.

“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,” Chavez told tens of thousands of supporters in the western city of Maracaibo.

“In the end, it’s the same project,” Chavez said, referring to Obama as “a good guy.”

File that along with Elizabeth Warren’s defense of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech in the ever-burgeoning “things Obama won’t be bragging about on the campaign trail” folder.

**Written by Doug Powers

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