Quote of the Day: Negative Campaigning in Venezuela

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From Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, upon learning that his opponent in October’s election will be Henrique Capriles Radonski:

Now we have the loser, welcome! We’re going to pulverise you. You have a pig’s tail, a pig’s ears, you snort like a pig, you’re a low-life pig. You’re a pig, don’t try and hide it….The only place you’re going to govern is the land of Tarzan and his monkey Cheeta.

Via Dan Drezner, who points out that Chávez’s allies have also tarred Capriles at various times as gay, Zionist, fascist, and bourgeois. And the race hasn’t even heated up yet.

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