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

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) gives a book, 'The Open Viens of Latin America' of Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano to US President Barack Obama (L) during a multilateral meeting to begin during the Summit of the Americas at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad April 18, 2009.                   AFP  PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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.