Chavez Bashes Romney, Says Obama's a 'Good Guy'

He says opponent Henrique Capriles, Romney have same agenda
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2012 12:12 PM CDT
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets supporters during a campaign rally in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Saturday, July 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

(Newser) – Well here's an endorsement President Obama almost certainly didn't want. Hugo Chavez likened his current election rival, Henrique Capriles, to Mitt Romney on Saturday, saying that Capriles isn't truly a friend to the poor. "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.

The remark seems to indicate that Chavez prefers Obama; indeed, in an earlier interview he said that Obama "deep down is a good guy, if you remove him from the context of being president of an empire," the AP reports. Obama has had a few seemingly kind words for Chavez, too; Romney has been criticizing Obama for a statement he made a few weeks ago in which he declared that his "overall sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the past several years has not had a serious national security impact on us," a view Romney called "simply naïve."

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