US President Barack Obama has support from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s faithful in Caracus.
According to CNN, standing in his food shack under posters of Chavez in a Caracas slum, 70-year-old Miguel Bigello relayed his backhanded support for Obama.
“For all the deaths he’s caused, he’s not touched Latin America,” he said, adding: “The other guy [Mitt Romney] is too radical. He will fight here for the oil.”
According to the report, the elderly man is an avid supporter of Chavez, his “Comandante”. Bigello shares the view of his president.
“If I was from the U.S., I’d vote for Obama,” Chavez said buoyantly on state television just a week before he won his third six-year term two weeks ago, potentially extending his tenure to two decades, the report said. ”Obama is a good guy,” he added.
According to the report, Venezuela has come up a number of times in Republican rhetoric during the U.S. race. Mitt Romney branded the Venezuelan government a “threat to national security” earlier this year, adding that Chavez had spread “dictatorships and tyranny throughout Latin America.”
This antagonism from the Romney camp towards Chavez – compared to Obama’s softer approach – has attracted some of Venezuela’s more wealthy hard-line opposition. ”Romney named Chavez in his manifesto; Obama didn’t,” Aixa Armas said.
“Obama has closed his eyes to the problem, a regional problem, and he is too friendly with Chavez,” he added. ”The U.S. remains the only actual customer paying cash and at full-price,” Russ Dallen, head trader at Caracas’ BBO Financial Services, said, adding: “Romney may want to use that leverage to stop subsidizing a thorn in America’s side.”
Chavez quipped two weeks ago that Obama would support him too, had he been born in Venezuela’s slums, it added.