By Jim Kouri
Venezuela’s Marxist president and Fidel Castro confidante, Hugo Chavez, enthusiastically endorsed U.S. President Barack Obama. During his own presidential campaign over the weekend, Chavez discussed the election campaign of the two U.S. candidates and spoke highly of Obama, according to a U.S. federal police official.
Chavez compared his opponent, Henrique Capriles, to Obama’s GOP opponent Mitt Romney, whom he called a fascist, the source stated.
While some Democrat Party members may secretly rejoice over Chavez’s endorsement, who worked with a number of Democrat lawmakers during the Bush administration when an oil shortage increased the prices of home heating and Chavez helped the U.S. poor, but they’re keeping the endorsement low-key.
President Hugo Chavez, cautioned voters that should he lose in the upcoming presidential election on the Oct. 7, 2012, a civil war is likely to erupt.
“If the right-wing’s presidential candidate gets into (office), it would put an end to the social programs promoted during 14 years of government, and as a result the country would enter into a civil war,” Chavez said on Saturday, according to the state-run Venezuelan News Agency (AVN).
AVN interviewed Chavez on television about the upcoming election against his only rival, conservative Henrique Capriles.
A former state governor, Capriles is the candidate of the Venezuelan coalition party made up of moderate, conservative and pro-capitalist groups. Chavez has even referred to Capriles as “that Jew boy” when discussing his capitalist ideas, according to a U.K news story.
As occurs in the U.S. with some progressives, Chavez labels the pro-business coalition as “right-wing.”
Chavez began his presidential campaign tour, which officially kicked off on July 1, with visits to his most loyal followers in the states of Aragua and Carabobo.
According to Chavez, when Capriles was governor of Miranda state, he withdrew official support from the Cuban medical teams that Chavez has promoted around the country to attend to the rural poor.
Chavez, 58, has governed since 1999 and plans to run for a third six-year term in order to continue pushing his socialist policies.
Should Chavez lose the election and a civil war erupts, he may be likely to depend on the Iranian intelligence and military personnel currently in Venezuela along with members of Hezbollah who now reside in that Latin American country.