Now US Trying to Kill Candidate, Claims Venezuela
'Nonsense,' says former Bush official cited in Maduro's allegation
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2013 6:37 AM CDT
Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro showing his certificate after registering his presidential candidacy in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

(Newser) – American right-wingers are conspiring to take action in Venezuela and kill ... its pro-business opposition leader Henrique Capriles? That's the theory being pushed by acting president Nicolas Maduro, reports Reuters. "We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega and Otto Reich, to make an attempt against the opposition presidential candidate," he claimed in a speech yesterday, adding that the government has offered to provide Capriles with security. "It's absolute nonsense," countered Noriega. Maduro, you'll recall, also claimed in January that unidentified groups were trying to assassinate him and has started an inquiry into whether Hugo Chavez was poisoned.

Capriles will face off against Maduro in the April 14 presidential vote, and the mudslinging has already begun: Maduro has apparently been implying that the single Capriles is gay. "I do have a wife, you know? I do like women!" said Maduro at a recent rally, while also calling his opponent a "little princess." Maduro backpedaled yesterday, saying he respected the privacy of others. Of course, "If I were homosexual I would be proud about it and I would love whoever I loved with my heart, without problem," he said.

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augie2
Mar 14, 2013 5:40 PM CDT
Venezuela get over yourself, you're not that important in world politics.
clmsman
Mar 14, 2013 2:42 PM CDT
Since the US government gave Chavez cancer per him I think the CIA is trying to give the new guy a wicked case of Herpes. Therefore he will have big Herpe on his lip and won't get elected because people will think its gross. The CIA used the cancertron now the next generation the Herpetron. What a bunch of bafoons there is a reason these places are referred to as Banana Republics.
right2dave
Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM CDT
LMAO.......what a dik.