Venezuela's Hugo Chavez dismisses Sarah Palin
By April MacIntyre Oct 25, 2008, 21:14 GMT
President Hugo Chavez (R) and US actor Sean Penn (L). Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has called Alaskan Gov, Sarah Palin a confused beauty queen. EPA/
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has called Alaskan Gov, Sarah Palin a confused beauty queen.
Chavez spoke to supporters during a meeting of Venezuela Socialist Party, and called the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a confused "beauty queen" on Friday after she called him a dictator.
Chavez, a leftist leader who has regularly slammed President George W. Bush, spoke of Jesus Christ with regards to how he dealt with the Palin comments.
"I saw the vice presidential candidate, there she was talking about 'the dictator Hugo Chavez.' The poor thing, you just feel sorry for her," he said during a televised broadcast, according to Reuters.
"She's a beauty queen that they've pulled out to be a figurehead. We need to say as Christ did: Forgive her, she knows not what she's saying."
Both presidential candidates, Senators John MCcain and Barack Obama, have vowed to sharply reduce dependence on oil from Venezuela, which supplies about 11 percent of total U.S. oil imports.
Chavez ousted the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela back in September.
Reuters noted that he has also called German Chancellor Angela Merkel "a political descendant of Adolf Hitler."