Venezuela's Chavez revels in convincing election win

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JonasCaldwell wrote:

I wish he wins! Chávez … hasta la liberación total de Latinoamerica!

Oct 07, 2012 9:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DrlDrl wrote:

It’s amazing how Chavez and Obama parallel each other. Both believe themselves to be the dictator of their respected countries and with threatening similar fear tactics and reports of voter intimidation during the elections.

Oct 07, 2012 10:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“election looked headed”?

Rueters looked like it should be headed to an English class.

Oct 07, 2012 10:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SvenBolin wrote:

Another victory for the people of the world. Chavez WON! 54 to 45!

Oct 07, 2012 10:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:


Venezuelans dodge that bullet.

They keep their sovereignty and the benefit of their natural resources for a few more years.

Oct 07, 2012 10:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YankeeGoHome wrote:

Unsurprisingly, this team of reporters left out the fact that Venezuela is now ranked the fourth “happiest” country in the world; that millions have been lifted out of poverty, and illiteracy has been wiped out; that Venezuelans now have better access to healthcare than millions of Americans who lack insurance. These are tremendous achievements. The days when the oil money was divvied up by a tiny oligarchy and US multinationals are gone. The money that used to be stolen for American “investors” (the same rotten scum that just bilked the American taxpayer of trillions to pay for their casino corruptions) by US supported dictators (vendepatrias hijo de putas cada uno)is now benefiting the people who actually own it. Viva Chavez, y que se vayan al carajo los gingos y sus “suits.”

Oct 07, 2012 10:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Very cynical article, but a glorious victory as predicted by most.

Congratulations Venezuela! Keep your wealth inside South America, and help your neighbors do the same, keep the US and the CIA out!

You tried your best to ridicule their beloved president reuters but fortunately the common person doesn’t listen to your politically motivated elitist propaganda…

Oct 07, 2012 11:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EneryRUs wrote:

Obama’s mentor re-elected. Oil infrastructure destroyed from lack of investment. Good times ahead; until they go broke!

Oct 07, 2012 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bunker555 wrote:

Hugo Chavez just pissed off the Tea Baggers in the US and has given something to talk about when Mittens’ pole dips again.

Oct 07, 2012 11:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LightCavalry wrote:

No real surpise in this, when you are a dictator people vote for you ….or else.

Oct 07, 2012 11:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
samuel1200 wrote:

It is wrong to call people leftist, socialist and communists for trying to take back the country from a group of colonial and racist thieves and murderers. Their true name is “patriot”. They are the agents of God’s will on earth.

Oct 07, 2012 11:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bunker555 wrote:

Faux Breaking News:
U.S. Venezuelans Cast Their Vote Against Hugo Chávez

Always some tidbits for TeaBaggers.

Read more:

Oct 07, 2012 11:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Parker1227 wrote:

Chavez has a record of stealing investor money and commandeering private projects and businesses at a whim.

That means few investors will trust to invest their money in Venezuela in the future.

And the exodus of the wealthy, the inventive and the successful will continue – not just from Venezuela, but from all excessively socialist countries run by leftist, totalitarian narcissists like Chavez.

Oct 07, 2012 11:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
unity100 wrote:

This must be very, very hard to stomach for the corporations behind reuters. Not to mention consequentially, the reuters editorial staff. Im curious – are you people taking medication to be able to be THIS biased, or does it come naturally. For i have noticed that you had felt the need to express that he has been selected to continue ‘socialist’ rule. I believe that word must be hard, hard on your stomachs ….. In any case, the extreme bias in reuters reporting, has become irritating.

Oct 07, 2012 11:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:


The Venezuelan electoral system is far far less corrupt than the American system.

Do some research before you go off spouting your malice!

Oct 07, 2012 11:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sensi wrote:

Another propagandist drivel worthy of Goebbels, so congrats Reuters for being again the lousiest and most blatantly intellectually dishonest and oriented people among news agencies : what a complete disgrace.

@ LightCavalry
So by your ignorant fairy tales the 44.97 percents who voted else than for the “dictator” (sic) will be slaughtered by tomorrow? Keep on being a gullible, conditioned, tool.

Oct 07, 2012 11:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:


Everybody wants to invest in Venezuela, it has the largest oil reserves in the world. Plenty of oil majors in there from everywhere in the world. Do some reading before you go off spouting nonsense!

But Americans don’t want to invest in countries like Venezuela – they just want to steal.

Oct 07, 2012 11:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bunker555 wrote:

You probably get your news from Lou Dobbs, Hannity, and Beck.

Miguel Cabrera may have won the first baseball Triple Crown in 45 years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see his face become ubiquitous on cereal boxes or TV commercials. The Venezuela-born…

Oct 07, 2012 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bunker555 wrote:

RomneyCare was modelled on ChavezCare.

Oct 07, 2012 12:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:

How to win an election: Free housing from Obama. Free food, phones, cars, etc. The only stipulation is that you not be a productive, law-abiding, working member of society. Forward!

Oct 07, 2012 12:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
REVERE_1 wrote:

President Hugo Chávez styles himself the leader of Latin America’s anti–free market forces and has sought allies in China, Cuba, Russia, and rogue states like Iran.
He has hobbled political opponents, outlawed free speech, done away with property rights, nation­alized private businesses, pursued a military buildup, imposed foreign exchange controls, and antagonized neighboring Colombia.
Venezuela has Latin America’s highest infla­tion rate, a chronic electricity crisis, food shortages, an epidemic of crime, and the lowest economic growth rate currently measured in the Americas.

A proverbial paradise, sign me up…. Socialism working hard at making everyone equally poor

Oct 07, 2012 12:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
samuel1200 wrote:

The real socialists are the dumpster diving and children abandoning
Europeans and Americans who continue to see the socialist wellfare system as their sole means of livelihood. The real socialist friends of the communists are the dumpster diving and children abandoning Europeans and Americans who continue to be the best customer of the communist China. Somebody needs to shut up and stop lying.

Oct 07, 2012 12:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:

Golly gee. Wrong again. He only won by 10%. I predicted more.

So much for accurate reporting in the American press before the election, eh? Since they were predicting the opposite.

Oct 07, 2012 12:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NVD82 wrote:

Wake up AMERICA!! Chavez and Obama have the same vision for governing.

1. Class warfare: where they take money to the rich to give to poor.
2. Government dependence; people need to gov’t to exist.
3. Drive by Media: in their pockets to push their agendas.
4. Voter fraud;devalues the transparency of the vote.

We the people have the power to chose our destiny and what is best for America.Obama does not have the answers to make America strong again. And if we don’t wake up and have a reality check we will be in the same path this 3rd world county very soon.

Oct 08, 2012 1:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sosurprised wrote:

The only surprising part of this story has been how the media has run stories for the last few days indicating that the other guy ever had a chance.

I think my favorite part was when the socialist dictator stated that he would respect the results and that actually seemed to put an end to all concerns. Nobody seemed to grasp that a) he would flat out lie and b) that he controlled the entire process so there was never any chance of him having to step down.

Oct 08, 2012 1:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jorgemiranda wrote:

Another six years of insults, lies and irresponsibility. We all want to be robin hood, this is not how you do it. Taking property that isn’t yours, allowing another nation to take part in elections (Cuba) and mismanaging infrastructure to the point that there is no milk in grocery stores, oil refineries explode and burn for weeks, and more than 1 to 1000 murders daily is no way to keep a country going. It’s very sad, what this man has done, very sad. I hope there is justice soon.

Oct 08, 2012 1:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lukeweyland wrote:

The people of Venezuela have spoken.
It is the victory of millions of Venezuelan people over the people with Venezuela’s millions.
Henrique Capriles Radonski accepts the result.
It is time that US politicans and media alike follow Capriles’s example.

Oct 08, 2012 1:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

@DrDrl: Obama and Chavez aren’t anything alike. Chavez is a benevolent socialist the listens to his people and puts businesses in the back seat like any good government should. Obama is a barely-centralist conservative who has accomplished some centralist initiatives, but hasn’t done anything even remotely liberal, let along socialist. Neither one is a dictator; the fact that you think they are suggests that your soul is owned by the Corporate Devils.

Voter intimidation? You mean by the opposition parties? Yes, that was a factor; likely why he only won by a 10% margin instead of a 25% margin. The greedy corps will continue to try to unseat a legally-elected leader who actually cares for his people, but so long as Chavez is in power, there’s hope that the evil actions of the Conservatives in North America will not be a problem forever.

@Reuter: Seriously? “Capricious Nationalizations”. Nice corporate bias, there. In Venezuela, as well as in America, companies have no right to exist, and if an enterprise can be more efficiently run by the government, then it’s just stupid to not nationalize the industry. Why should executives who contribute nothing to society but receive the lion’s share of the money in the nation be getting a huge payment on top of the basic cost of running an industry? All that does is make products and services much more expensive. Take a look at healthcare; all the Western nations other than America have government-controlled healthcare, and it is better, more cost-effective and less expensive than America’s insane corporate-run medical system. How does it make sense for a medical test that someone needs to get have an extra $1000 added to the cost just to pay executives of hospitals, insurance companies and drug companies far more than they are worth for doing nothing at all?

Socialism, completely balanced with Capitalism is the only socioeconomic system that works.

Oct 08, 2012 2:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Parker1227 wrote:

Every time I read an article about this socialist buffoon, this totalitarian leftist – I smell sulfur.

Chavez has destroyed democracy and free speech in Venezuela. His thugs NO DOUBT stole the election for him.

Oct 08, 2012 2:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

I see the corporate slave haters have gotta hate. It’s sad, really. 20 years ago, people wouldn’t be spouting off nonsense as false and ridiculous as the Capitalist Flunkies spout off these days without being a major laughing stock, but FoxNews changed all that. After winning a lawsuit against the government that says it’s okay for them to lie in their newscasts, they spun a fantasy world for their slavish followers completely divorced from actual reality, and through the power of brainwashing, convinced a generation of suckers that 18th Century ways were better for the 21th Century, and that things that are ridiculous false (like Chavez being a dictator, Venezuela’s oil industry tanking, one of the best medical systems in the world being somehow “bad” or “broken” and the uplifting of people out of poverty equates with “coddling lazy people”) and believing that they are God’s Own Truth.

Sad, indeed.

Oct 08, 2012 3:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse

What do you think is going to happen to America, and reuters n co. when they realize that the entire world thinks they are liars and criminals?

They’re going to cut the cord, and the absolute loss of any freedom you think you have is already well under way, you will be an absolute dictatorship or even worse in a decade or two… and you’ll be dreaming of someone like Chavez!

Oct 08, 2012 5:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PKFA wrote:

Was there ever any doubt?

Oct 08, 2012 7:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
augman wrote:

Chavez has made a science out of voter fraud, hence no surprise in his victory. These posts that draw a parallel between Chavez and Obama are testimony to the human potential for infinite ignorance.

Oct 08, 2012 7:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

Another 6 years of disaster for Venezuela!

Oct 08, 2012 8:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alseifus wrote:

Enjoy soaking in your hatred and envy of America.
Enjoy the crumbs dropped from the table of your ruler.
Enjoy your view of the world through that calming red fog.

“Only those who spread treachery, fire, and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity.”

Oct 08, 2012 8:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
scythe wrote:

@ Parker1227

- the “whiff of sulphur” was originally Hugo Chavez’s characterisation of Geo. Bush Two = El Diablo

and this is nice logic:
(quote) “patriot” (sic) They are the agents of God’s will on earth.

brings to mind the spanish inquisition, pol pot, milosevic,
obama’s drone “errorism”

Oct 08, 2012 8:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NewEnglander wrote:

He’s a banana republic crook who will die from his cancer before the end of his six years. He has duped the poor again.

Oct 08, 2012 9:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
oops77541 wrote:

America needs a leader like Chavez who has the courage to stand up for his people and not be bought off by the wealthy. All you tea bagger republicans should go look at some old newspaper and magazine article about what life was like in Venezuela before Chavez. Police oppression, no education or health care for the poor, and a huge amount of oil income that went to the elites while the rest of the country suffered in poverty. Same thing that is going on in African oil producing countries today and in some of the mid-east oil producing nations. And American, British, French and Dutch corporations are the driving forces behind it all, stealing the wealth from these countries and they are ever so eager to start wars and demonize Chavez and anyone else who stands between them and their profits. What is so terrible about a leader who wants to improve the health and well being of his people? Why is it that some Americans are so resentful of Chavez for standing up to the big oil companies?

Oct 08, 2012 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sandspoint wrote:

Ya great free health care and people can now read. What a great way to gain votes In the mean time you can get and milk beef and chciken in most groceries and your own people are being murdered and robbed in the streets at traffic lites. there are now jobs or any kind of invention and independent business is frowned upon and its owners too murdered. Venezuela is now being run by uneducated thugs and ur dictator does not even know how to eep the lites on. Down with socialism down with communism dont worry venezuela the marines are coming soon!!

Oct 08, 2012 11:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Venezuelano wrote:

Que Triste! Why is there nothing in this article about validating it was a fair voting process. That he really won. Those who live in the US have no idea what it is like in Venezeula. It is like living in Berlin during Hitler’s regime, you dare not say anything negative about Chavez. There are fans of his (Chavistas) that will literally harm you or your family. He controls everything… and I assure you this was not a fair vote. He would not have one. There were whole towns turning out against him. If we knew for certain there was fair practices, I’d still be sad for the ignorance of trusting this fool, but I’d respect the democratic process. He’d be the winner fairly. That is not what happened. Why does the US not call for review?? Because he keeps the oil coming… he always at least does that.. as he know as long as the oil flows he can say and do almost anything. Shame on the U.S. for not being tougher with this guy.

Oct 08, 2012 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Venezuelano wrote:

Everyone… I live there last year.. the people defending Chavez, and how glorious the victory is, etc… in this thread, they are call his Chavistas… they are true propaganda representatives. They will always try to paint the positive on him, they actually get paid to do it. Redistribution of wealth happens “literally” in Venezuela… on a huge scale. It’s not socialism he is looking for, it is communism run by a despot dictator… Venezuelan people are smart, beautiful, strong, fun people… they have so many resources… they lack the patriotism and readiness to fight their government that typical Americans feel if our government goes evil. They need our support and the US doesn’t support the opposition enough. It’s sad. Stay Strong those of you Venezuelans who are not cowed by Chavez.

Oct 08, 2012 11:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
majkmushrm wrote:

It’s interesting that Reuters kept running stories that the elections would be close and Chavez might lose. Survey says…. Decisive victory for Chavez.

Oct 08, 2012 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kablooy wrote:

I guess they will just have to learn about Socialism the hard way…like the Germans did with Hitler. Oh well, this is what happens when you have a country with mostly ignorant people as citizens.

Oct 08, 2012 12:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

Tough old critter and still popular by the people.
If he follows Fidel’s path – he will be around a long long time.

Oct 08, 2012 12:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

A politician using their influence to manipulate the media and spending money on election propoganda happens everywhere, not just Venezuela

Oct 08, 2012 1:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobvs wrote:

Nice to see all the communists support Hugo. I bet Sean Penn’s leg is twitching with excitement.

Oct 08, 2012 1:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IrateNate wrote:

The people will eventually learn there is more to life than simply existing to support the collective, just as there is more to freedom than a free Obamaphone.

Oct 08, 2012 1:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
74LS08 wrote:

The best way to kick Chavez in the balls is to switch from an SUV to a subcompact or an EV.
US is importing $500 billion worth of oil per year and that’s killing our country….

Oct 08, 2012 3:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

@kablooy, that would be Fascism. Although i agree, we need to heavily investment in our public education and not spending it on weapons, and on infrastructure in oil countries. Ignorance is not bliss, it is a road to serfdom and degradation of western civilization.

Oct 08, 2012 5:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JebS wrote:

Obama congratulates Chavez, his brother in socialism and fellow traveler.

Oct 08, 2012 10:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ncpg wrote:

Who counted the ballots? Obama?

Oct 08, 2012 10:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JollyImam wrote:

How glorious! This news is certainly “unexpected”, in light of the overwhelming prosperity and the abundance of consumer goods. The people showed their gratitude by asking Hugo to keep doing it. As an experienced vote counter Joseph Stalin himself would be proud!

Oct 09, 2012 2:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuckWheat2 wrote:

Banana Republic politics on display once again, rigged election, political espionage, tanks in the streets, what more can you expect from a typical South American dictatorship. The only good thing to come out of this farce is that Chavez will be dead with in the next year, his cancer will keep coming back, it is metastasizing and spreading though out his body. It’s a miserable death and it couldn’t happen to a bigger POS then Chavez.

Oct 09, 2012 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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