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Hugo Chavez says he would vote for Obama

Sunday, September 30, 2012 | 1:20 PM    

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the US presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama.

Chavez also said in a televised interview that aired Sunday that he'd like to have "normal" relations with the US government.

"If I were American, I'd vote for Obama," the firebrand Venezuelan leader said.

Chavez is running for re-election,seeking another six years in office in an October 7 vote. Democratic US President Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in his November re-election bid.

Venezuela has had tense relations with the US for the years, and the two countries' embassies have been without ambassadors since 2010.

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