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Hugo Chavez: If I were American I’d vote for Obama!

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By Doug Powers  •  October 1, 2012 08:38 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Hugo Chavez had previously tipped his hand as to his preference in the upcoming U.S. election, and over the weekend he solidified his endorsement:

With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday – and said the U.S. leader no doubt felt the same.

“I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” the socialist Chavez said of a man he first reached out to in 2009 but to whom he has since generally been insulting.

Chavez is running for a new six-year term against opposition challenger Henrique Capriles, while Obama seeks re-election in November against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Venezuela’s election is next weekend.
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“After our triumph and the supposed, probable triumph of President Obama, with the extreme right defeated here and there, I hope we could start a new period of normal relations with the United States,” he said.

In 2009, Chavez was thrilled that his brand of socialism had begun to take hold in the United States, so this endorsement is a no-brainer. And on the off chance Sean Penn was among those who are somehow still undecided, this should be enough to push him firmly Forward™.

**Written by Doug Powers

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