“If I were American, I’d vote for Obama,” Chavez said in a televised interview that aired Sunday.
The Venezuelan leader called Obama “a good guy” and said if the U.S. president were a Venezuelan, “I think … he’d vote for Chavez.”
Chavez is running for re-election, seeking another six years in office in an Oct. 7 vote. Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in his November re-election bid.
Venezuela has had tense relations with the U.S. government for years, even though the United States remains the top buyer of oil from the country.