Girish GuptaOctober 3, 2012 06:26
CARACAS — “I hope this doesn’t hurt Obama,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on state television over the weekend, acknowledging that with elections coming up in the US, his words could be jumped upon by the Republicans. “But if I was from the US, I'd vote for him.” Those words may haunt the US president in the coming days, though Chavez’s foreknowledge of this is more interesting than the throwaway rhetoric. Chavez is a populist of rock-star proportions. Facing his toughest elections yet on Sunday, Oct. 7, Chavez may well be on his way out after 13 years in office.