Hugo Chavez Says He Would Vote for President Obama If He Could

Remember this? Photo: JIM WATSON/2009 AFP

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is usually pretty down on the United States, but today he took the time to put himself in the shoes of the country's citizens: "If I were American, I'd vote for Obama," he said in a TV interview. Chavez himself is up for re-election this year, and he ventured that if Obama were Venezuelan, "I think ... he'd vote for Chavez." On one hand, Chavez's endorsement of Obama seems a little undermining, as it's pretty much a ready-made Republican attack ad. On the other hand, he expressed a desire for "a new period of normal relations with the government of the United States," so maybe he just reads the polls.