“If I were American, I’d vote for Obama,” Chavez said in a televised interview that aired Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
Chavez is seeking another six-year term in an election next weekend. According to Reuters, he’s confident that if it were possible, he‘d have Obama’s support.
“Obama is a good guy … I think that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighborhood, he’d vote for Chavez,” he said.
It’s a kinder assessment than the one Chavez gave last year, when he reportedly called Obama “a clown” and “an embarrassment.” Chavez famously referred to then-President George W. Bush as “the devil” in 2006.
According to the AP, Chavez also said he’d like to have “normal” relations with the U.S. Obama was criticized in July after he said Chavez has not been a “serious” national security threat in recent years.