Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the U.S. presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama.

Chavez also said in a televised interview that aired Sunday that he’d like to have ‘‘normal’’ relations with the U.S. government.

The Venezuelan leader says, in his words, ‘‘If I were American, I’d vote for Obama.’’

Chavez is running for re-election, seeking another six years in office in an Oct. 7 vote. Democratic U.S. President Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in his November re-election bid.

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