September 24, 2009

LKL Exclusive: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Posted: 02:35 PM ET

art_chavez_un_giOne of the world's most outspoken leaders in an EXCLUSIVE TV interview TONIGHT – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez! What does he think of President Obama and the U.S.? Find out tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT.

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Diana Andueza   September 24th, 2009 2:46 pm ET

Larry... Why you invited this monster... ? In Venezuela everyone knows that this individual pays for evething that make him to show up so now the question is how much he paid to be with you...? I hope nothing because my country love you so much... well, at least before this presentation!

Santos   September 24th, 2009 3:22 pm ET

This is going to be awesome. Chavez is always surprising (in a good way) when he is unfiltered.

Zulay Rodríguez (Caracas)   September 24th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

Hi, Hugo Rafael ask you feel when people in his country is starving and misery, the hospitals are in the worst deterioration and gives helicopters and supplies to other countries.


Bill Murdoch   September 24th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

I will not be watching Hugo Chavez on LKL. Anyone who watches will boost ratings which fuels this man's warped ego and lends credence to his bizzar cause. He has taken a beautiful, free and open Venezuela and given them an oppressive regime that suppresses freedom and any and all opposition. Very poor guest choice in my opinion.

Simon Templar   September 24th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

Yes, Hugo Chavez is outspoken. And he has been described by those who have met him as charming. Yet do not be deceived by this media hog. Ask him about the persecution of opposition figures and media, or the meddling in regional matters. Inquire as to his links to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). See if he can explain how gerrymandering in the just passed electoral law will literally make him "President for Life." There are so many topics to touch on which would pull back the curtain on this "Wizard of Bolivarian Oz." He has total control of his nation's Congress, Supreme Court, and Electoral Council. Can he explain how that is a democracy? And finally, why does he criticize the U.S. for its capitalist ways, when we are the number one customer for his country's crude?

Globetrotter   September 24th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

Ask Chavez if he think all countries in the world must be like Venezuela, and why? Surely he will answer no; so ask him if the lack of safety in the country is fault of the goverment and finally what must be changed in the Venezuelan goverment to become a better country.

carlos suarez   September 24th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

If you are going to interview him, ask him what kind of change is looking for because venezuela is one of the most corruptive and dangeruos country in the all world, ask him about political persecution, ask him about what kind of socialism is doing when his family and member of his party live like kings, why he hates americans,

carlos suarez   September 24th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

please don't led him to use your program to tell jokes or stories of his life, please don't led him seems as nice guy that love everybody, he should show what he is realy is a populistic demagogic unprepar militar who has murder people, THAT WHO HE REALY IS

Terry Stewart   September 24th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Maybe Larry can get the Libyan, Iranian and North Korean leaders on his show as well. May as well get all of the despots.

Jorge   September 24th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

Dear Terry,

Please look at the interview and then talk. You might be speaking without really knowing Hugo Chavez...

Luis   September 24th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

Mr Chavez,
– How is it that, being a democratic president, you are constantly and increasingly pressuring and shutting down TV and radio stations that speak against your government and criticize it?
– What can you tell us about the hundreds of people that die every weekend in Caracas and in other cities because of the out-of-control violence?
– How is it an estimated 26,7% inflation rate economic progress?

Glenda   September 24th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

Please be objective, be clear, don´t let him steal the show!!!
He is a LIAR!!!!

Ruby Coria LA., CA.   September 24th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

Hi Larry, I'm just glad to see that the Leaders from other countries are willing to engage with us. Yes, we are a great giving country, but we have to admit our bulling around in the world.. We have disrespected others & yes they have disrespected us too.. now they seem to looking forward, because they treat President Obama with respect, not like our own people.. (Joe Wilson). We don't have much room to talk about other, like reject Iranian President, we have our own Birth'ers who reject President Obama, & we have our show thrower "Joe Wilson". Respect is the key.
how about them Dodgers'!

Simon Templar   September 24th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Dear Jorge,
Do you know the "real" Hugo Chavez? When faced with a mircophone, he jokes and charms, he sings and smiles. He might just even be a "guy you'd want to have a beer with." And during that shared brew, you may want to ask him just how is it that after a decade in power extolling the virtues of socialism and decrying the evils of capitalism, Venezuela has one of the highest levels of kidnapping in the world; how it currently produces nothing of exportable note other than crude oil; how he constantly chastises the U.S. for meddling when he is wooing U.S. unions to join his ideologically motivated Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). You can ask him to explain his hand in elections in Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador, along with failed attempts to influence elections in Peru and Mexico. Ask him how is it that every time he accuses the U.S. of plotting to kill him or invade his country he fails to provide evidence. Jorge, have you heard of the "Boli-bourgeoise?" Those are the Chavista officials and sympathizers who have taken full advantage of his Bolivarian revolution to loot the country's coffers. Or how about the country's Barinas State, literally run by Chavez' own family? The only way for that to happen in such rampant fashion is for "Hugo Boss" to look the other way, am I correct? Face it Jorge, you may watch the LKL interview and come away with the idea that "this guy is for real" and a true agent of change in the region. But if that were to occur, then shame on LKL and his team of investigators for not doing their homework. LK should confront Chavez with probing questions and not settle for what most journalists do, which is a boyish grin and smile, and a joke, at the expense of the truth.

Orlando   September 24th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

this is a good president, the best of the world

Venezolana   September 24th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

Ask him about the closing of TV station Radio Caracas TV and the stealing of their equipment!
Ask him about the closing of 34 radio stations
Don´t let him answer "it is the law", because even the wildest criminal has a defendant!!!
What about nationalization of fabrics and industries? That now produce nothing!
Ask him why in 10 years the country needs to import all the food and almost everything
Ask him why he loves to travel in a luxurious Airbus, use fine clothes, shirts, ties, shoes, watches ( Notice that! It will be easy for you)
Ask him in what hotel he is staying and mention how much does it costs and mention like how many pair of shoes could be bought with that, for poor boys to go to school!
Ask him how many people is traveling with him...
Ask him why he offends people wth his rude and offensive language

Fernando   September 24th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

Hi Larry, I´m very angry, tonight you will have “my president” in your TV show, please answer and tell him:

– Chavez why you don’t try to leave only one day with a common guy in your country, for example try to obtain any document (Passport, ID, drive license) in a governmental office by regular way, in this moment you will see and feel the real Venezuela nightmare…

– How pay your expenses travel outside Venezuela? How can help you to obtain the USD? Because all common people in Venezuela have only USD 2.500 per year!!!!!!

– How is it that, being a democratic president, you are constantly and increasingly pressuring and shutting down TV and radio stations that speak against your government and criticize it?

-What can you tell us about the hundreds of people that die daily and every weekend in Caracas and in other cities because the violence?

-What do you feel when a people in his country are starving and misery; the hospitals are in the worst deterioration and gives supplies, ambulances, help and goods to other countries?

Dodie ~ California   September 24th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

Good Evening Larry!

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, compared our former President George Bush to the devil. He is praising President Obama and has the same concerns as I do regarding some group trying to take out (kill) President Obama as they did with Kennedy!

Personally, I hear that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, has been horrible to the people of Venezuela, so I am certainly NOT impressed by this tyrant! I am happy to hear that the USA is finally joining the rest of the world, the first time in 8 years! Its about time!

Dogma in this country states that President Obama is a weak president; however, I see it quite the opposite. ((( Respect ))) can go a long ways even if two countries completely disagree. I really believe that President Obama is paving the road of respect which will ultimately make this nation more safe!!!

PETER   September 24th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

One major concern of the Venezuelan's, is it oil industry (PDVSA,). Regularly used as a "Petty Cash Office" for Chavez Presidency. He has offered several (9) refineries worldwide, the last one in Mauritania in his recent trip to Africa. Also he wants to sell CITGO because he needs cash. How he is going to increase the depleted oil production of Venezuela?....Where's the money coming from?....If its coming from third parties, such as new associates (Russia & Iran).....Means a clash of different other words, Venezuela oil industry lies upon on 98 % of american technology. Russia built Cienfuegos Refinery in Cuba to process Varadero crude...Never worked.....Now new russians inexperience technology for venezuelan heavy crude will work in the Orinoco Oil Belt?

Elena Alcazar   September 24th, 2009 7:05 pm ET

Mr King, these are questions for chavez from a venezuelan citizen:
Why chavez threatens and shoots peaceful demostrators with "some good gas"
Why chavez equips and gifts hospitals abroad and hospitals in his own country do not have materials to work with and a lot of people die because of this
Why chavez doctors at public hospitals in his own country have 300$ per month salary?
why goverment employees are forced to attend goverment sponsored demostrations in Venezuela
Why chavez paid $30K fine for his airplane to take Zelaya to El Salvador while Venezuelans have to beg the goverment to get 2500$ for trips abroad
Why does he love fidel castro
Why if "to be rich is bad" him and his family live as supermillionaire
Why he invented a "higher authority" to rule over democratically elected state governors
Why does he lie saying he never shut a TV station, when everyone knows he shut down a national TV network and 27 radio stations!

Steve in PDX   September 24th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

There are great things happening in Venezuela. Free medical care for all. Free education through college for all. Women who stay home to raise their children are provided income. Venezuela has the highest minimum wage in South America. The profits from oil are redistrubted to pay for social programs. The banksters don't rule Veneuzuela the way they rule the U.S.. Don't believe the media lies about Chavez, he is a great man. Democracy is in Venezuela more than it is in the U.S.. Fairness is in Venezuela more than it is in the U.S.. There is an elite wealthy minority in Venezuela trying to keep the majority of the people in poverty. Hugo Chavez is helping the vast majority of people in Venezuela. Watch the new "South of the Border" movie by Oliver Stone. Ask Noam Chomsky what he thinks. Read about Neoliberalism and the International Monetary Fund and what harm they did to Venezuelans prior to Chavez being voted in.

Alfonso Yanes (Caracas)   September 24th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

Please Larry, avoid all lies that are told about Venezuela, about OUR president elected by a MAYORITY of our people. if you want to do a real interview, try to focuse on the historic Venezuela, we were an ignorant people, we had many problems increased by 40 years of bad political leaders and policies, and we're trying to solve them and heal so many wounds that are still open in our society. 10 years are not enough. We have a really poor and allienating mass media, and we're trying to solve those problems. I love your show, and I'm very glad that you managed to interview our good president... regards!!!

Alejandro   September 24th, 2009 7:26 pm ET

Hello Larry, given your vast experience and recognized role as interviewer you can corroborate much of what they say about this guy going to do certain true and very few lies.
Currently, many, many problems are crossing the Venezuelans (including my self of course) is that we live in fear and terror out of our homes because of crime, theft, murder, etc..
I would like to be able to ask him to be doing this to stop because it is no secret that Venezuela in every weekends kill more than 50 or 60 people always ... this is worse than a war.
Meanwhile he´s quiet riding in the clouds ... because it is very easy to say that we are making thousands of plans, but nothing.
You are the men Larry ... you can do it ... Please, Please show to the world the men who you're talking to.

Ray   September 24th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

Could you please ask him how he plans to 'save the planet' if he is the main supplier of fossil fuels in America? I mean, it sounds like being the main supplier of heroin to the biggest bunch of junkies in the world?

Then, I don't know much about strategy, but how comes hekeeps on selling fuel to his main 'enemy' so that it then can launch an attack on him....Why is he doing that?

Also, I'm an American, my dad is Venezuelan...Chavez says Venezuelans should hate Americans....Shall I be afraid of my dad? He is acting suspiciously later...
Thanks Larry

Michael C. McHugh   September 24th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

I am a democratic socialist, so naturally I agree with what he is doing for teh poor and the working class. I have no use for the oligarchy or aristocracy in Latin America or anywhere else. I also think they IMF and World Bank system needs to be reformed so that the poor countries have more control over it and they will be better able to support INTENAL social and economic development, rather than too much reliance on trade and migration.

I also disagree with Republican policies designed to overthrow Chavez and other governments in Latin America.

On the other hand, I do not believe in socialism that uses dictatorial methods, one-party rule and police state stuff, so I cannot get behind Chavez and the Castro brothers. There would be no room for democratic socialists like me in those countries, and I would not go there anyway, since I have no intention of being one of the "useful idiots" that help them spread propaganda.

Is there no other way to achieve these things except by dictatorial methods? I hope not. Is there no room for a democratic Left in these countries?

I also recognize that most of Latin America has a very weak democratic tradition–or none at all–so populist dictators like Chavez are not uncommon.

Benjamin A. Poston/Cookeville,Tennessee   September 24th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

I agree with Hugo Chavez that George W. Bush Junior was one of the most destructive United States Presidents in modern history. He used religious fanaticism from the right to stir up hate. By using the media as a propaganda tool to persuade americans that Iraq was a threat to the U>S. When the rest of the world was saying that iraq was not a threat.I believe that george bush was a terrorist.They spied on US citizens for opposing Bush's policy,even TEd Kennedy was on the terrorist watchlist. It is belived their are 1 million people in America on the terrorist watchlist. If there ever was an antichrist it would be George W. Bush Junior. He caused the deaths of over 1million Iraqis for the purpose of getting oil.While he was the preident the rich became richer,and the poor became poorer. People in India celebrated when george bush became president,because he sent them our jobs,and also to china.He put the world on the edge of nuclear annilation. The corporations were the only people who profited during the bush adminsitration.He stole the election from Al gore in 2000 by using his brother who was also govenorer of Florida to disinfranchise blacks and minorities from the voting booth. Al gore was the one who won the election.

Socialista   September 24th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Ask him the following question:

Why do your ministers have millions of us$ in swiss banks?

Yelitza Garcia   September 24th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Ask Chavez why there are workers from oil industry with their mouth sewed.

why there is a student in 1 of the most dangerous jail in venezuela just because he is against him (Julio Cesar Rivas 22 years old).

why there are so many opposition politicians behind bars.

Why he is spending the money of the venezuelan people to promote himself (oliver Stone film's wasn't for free)

why he is giving venezuelan's money away (Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador) while we has one of the biggest inflation in the world.

He is very good actor & is going to be charming and joking trying to not give any importance to those matters.

Today a new media law was approved to decide (by finger) who is going to have radio talk shows in the prime time.

Why the media is constantly being threathning by his government.

I am Venezuelan and I know my country is going through one of its worst period on its history

Ligia   September 24th, 2009 9:03 pm ET


I hope you're tough and don't let Hugo Chavez run your show. He's very clever about that. Venezuelan remember the sad interview Barbara Walters did in which she almost kissed him. So be tough!

I have mixed feelings. I feel Chavez says things that many people in the world feel but don't have the chance to express. At the same time, as a Venezuelan, I feel that he's doing nothing for Venezuela. Misery, insecurity, and inflation are rampant in my Venezuela. He's been over 10 years in office and has changed every law possible and has SO MUCH power that it's hard to believe we still have a democracy.

Regina Suarez   September 24th, 2009 9:03 pm ET can it be, that a man such as this- an avowed Socialist that lives like an oligarch- a man that has dipped into his country's treasury to effect Sociaist results in the elections of all of his neighboring countries,
gets the opportunity to go on Larry King, a respectable program. It is a
stain on American values and democracy.
So many Venezuelans are living on what they know to be the brink of a
We can't begin to understand the hardship of families torn apart, freedoms taken away, of a country laid to ruin- and hopefully we never will.
May he rest in no peace.

angela   September 24th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

This man is just another megalamaniac its clear earn respect, he DEMANDS everything, I would not trust this fool as far as I could see him.

Nelson Cardenas   September 24th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Dear President, Why you never speak about the lack of security on the Venezuela streets.? Today one of my workmates were hurt in Cagua"s c.ity downtown in an atrack, but some days ago a Judge a sargent and an owner of a factory were killed, it happened all the time.

A human being   September 24th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Nobody that agrees with Chavez has any idea what he's talking about. Put your money where your mouth is. Sell everything you own here in the US and Invest it in Venezuela. Move over there with your family and we will talk again in one year. Believe me, everything he says is a lie, I've seen it with my own eyes.
Imagine you stopping for gas at 3:00pm in a nice neighborhood and then two guys come to rob you, after you gave them everything they asked for, one of the guys says "Oh! you don't care about money or stuff, then I will hit you where it hurts" and shuts your 5 year old son in the head.
Or, wake up with a gun in your face, at 2 in the morning in your house. And you can't call the police because they are the same guys who are in your house. Really, it happened to me.
I can go on for a month with these kind of stories.
He is the biggest oligarch in the world. He is not helping the poor, he is trying to bust the hole country so him and his group can control it.

Just go there for a while, at least 6 months.

Larry and the world, open your eyes, he is not what he says he is.

Chales CO   September 24th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

What a really bad choice, I had to leave my company in Vzla because of this man.. ask him about kidnapings, and the chaos tha he creates in order to make the new Vzla. the one where he is the only in change. This guy is not a freedom lover but a snake enchanter, leave him 5 minutes in India and he will blend just fine. Ask him how much does the coth he wares cost and from where does he get the money to dress like that... he is just a threat to human kind.

Alex   September 24th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I can't get it... with so many serious successful leaders in the G20, Larry had to get Chavez to interview????? This is what they LOVE: attention. And we are giving it to them.

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

What about the 100.000 innocent killed people in the streets of Caracas during the last decade due to violence?
What about the almost 900 billion dollars Venezuela has received during Chavez presidency?

Javier C - Miami, Florida   September 24th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Please ask: How can Chavez say there is freedom of speech in Venezuela when he does not allow TV and radio stations to choose if they want to transmit or not his speeches. ?

GEisha Barazarte   September 24th, 2009 9:13 pm ET


Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

President Chavez,
Colombia need the funds to fight the Guerrillas, that is why the USA helps Colombia.

Kris   September 24th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Dear Readers,

Can anybody tell me ? why cannot Venenzula have fighter planes when columbia can have ? Why do US has always dual policies? If you can sell weapons to Columbia not to Venenzulla, Even we are blind selling this weapons to pakistan who are terrorist creator ? I think, we totally want to use the other world for your own benefit, We dont care for human race.
Any comments.

FREE Venezuela   September 24th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Stop asking the same thing ask him about the peace of venezuela and the corruption of his office is amazing

Lilita   September 24th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

He represents the worst nightmare a country could go through. He has made dissapear the rule of law, acting like a dictator, using public funds as his checking account to buy support not only in Venezuela, but also abroad. Our public administration i s a dissaster, there is chaos everywhere you look, nothing works, there is corruption, but his giving away money to other countries to support people like Gadafi, Ahmadinejead and Mugabe, and he fills his mouth speaking of democracy while our university students are in prison for protesting! Give me a break!!!!!!!

vicky   September 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Thanks Larry to invite Hugo Chavez

My dad told me
Listen to your parents

Listen to elders

Listen to your friends

Listen to your enemy

Then only you know what is wrong what is right

Daisy Rojas   September 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

As an anthropologist performing ethnographic research in Latin America during the presidential election in Venezuela it was reported that Mr. Chavez was catering to city dwellers and trucking in immigrants to vote in the rural districts. I was told by rural families that participation in the elections by actual citizens living in the outlying areas was restricted by armed military or hired thugs. While those living in the capitol were experiencing the benifits of living close to Mr. Chavez's personal interests (better roads, access to medical and educational facilities, entertainemtn etc). This behavior is indicative of that displayed by Trujillo in The Dominican Republic during the eighties. How does Mr. Chavez feel about the dissent expressed by this portion of the population?

Ana   September 24th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Chavez is preaching peacee but he is filling his country with guns.. IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!!!

Jay   September 24th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Who is Hugo Chavez? Chavez is a terrorist leader who comes to the UN singing swan songs of peace, freedom and respect for human rights while unknown to many here, he is acquiring nuclear know-how and technology from Iran at the same time giving Iran access to extract Venezuela's uranium. Furthemore, Chavez is actively giving iranian citizens the possibility of using venezuelan passports to travel easily to anywhere violating all embargos. He's closed tv stations and quite a few radio stations critical of his totalitarian policies in his own country. This guy is simply, an enemy of freedom and liberty. He's an enemy of the USA.

Jose   September 24th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

How this President can be so liar?
Myself and so many Venezuelan people that are living out our country know the truth.

You want to know the true?

Go to Venezuela and see what people is suffering from.

John   September 24th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I'm really appaled of how misinformed people are about Chavez and Venezuela. He is not the hero some would portray, neither is he the cruel and crazy dictator others pretend to show. He is just a strong and carismatic leader trying to bring about some deep and controversial changes in a country that was totally broke when he got in power. Changes that are mostly inconvinient for the elites, which are also the ones behind most of the negative propaganda.

Andres Morales   September 24th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Larry, ask him why did he close 40 radio stations, or why did he close a mayor tv station is that freedom of speech?

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

We give Colombia our support because, Colombia is the only ally of the USA in South America. Colombia needs those funds and weapons to fight the drug war and terrorism.

Claudia   September 24th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Even though I profoundly dislike Hugo Chavez , I commend you on bringing the Latin American issues to prime news. Even though we are the US' next door neighbors, news coverage of the region in U.S. news is negligible. I don't believe this interview is propaganda for Hugo Chavez because people are no longer fooled by his words nor by his clownish attitude. I

Perry Redd   September 24th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Unfortunately, Chavez is we, America, purveyors of the inherent rights of sovereignty, he said nothing wrong. Every question that Larry asks, leads us to be reminded that WE do the things we demand other nations NOT to. It's so very hard to gain respect from other when one fails to "do as he says". From nuclear bombings to occupation, we, at least, convey the "appearance" of hypocrisy, thus we can't call the kettle black. We must lead by example.

CARLO   September 24th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I can't believe this guy, this guy is a joke, he is a master manipulator, and he is able to change the attention of each question, from him to someone else, please ask him, why is he so quickly to defend himself by attacking others????

Andres Morales   September 24th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Or ask him about the time he told us students that: "The student that protest against me I am gonna order to shot them the badest gas!" and the next day the National guard shot them the worst pepper gas....

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Larry, Ask him about the rumors saying that he supports FARC (guerrillas) in Colombia???????

Sol Bleiweis   September 24th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am very disappointed that you give Hugo Chavez a forum to spew his venom of hate and radicalism. You neither have the knowledge nor the background to confront his rhetoric. It is not informative but only gives him a platform to show his contempt for the USA.

Ryan   September 24th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Perry Redd,

I do agree with your statement.

GB   September 24th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

He is crazy insane

Attilio   September 24th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry: Ask Chavez why his government beaurecrats are so corrept.
Why he is destroying all the private firms.
Why he is closing down all the private TV channels.
Fact is: Chavez is a dictator how does not believe in democracy.
Wants a communits system.
His people are poorer now that when he came to power.

Claudia   September 24th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I just hope this interview is followed by serious reporting about Colombia, a country which has proven to be the United States strongest and most loyal friend in the hemisphere. In spite of the latter, Colombia has not been admitted to the TLC which is just inconceivable!! Colombia has been battling the drug traffickers and the leftist guerrillas for years, phenomena which can only be erradicated by offering its population job opportunities in the export sectors.

CARLO   September 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Larry is time to face this guy straight and put him on the spot...see how quickly he will divert the attention from him and attack someone else...but when he does that...stay on him like you did with Chris Brown, maybe he will crack (I doubt it) and address the question in a "straight and forward" manner...

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I hope we get enough electric cars one day so we don't have to buy his oil.

CARLO   September 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Ask him what happened to the People he claims that ordered his assasination??? I want to hear what he has to say...

JP   September 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Can you ask Chavez why is so much poverty in in his rich country??

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

He needs our matter what...ask him about whatever happened to the other famous dictator from Cuba???

Alex   September 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Mr. Larry King:

Please allow me to begin by saying that this segment was hopefully made to alert viewers as to the dangers this anarchic “so-called-president” of Venezuela is and is bringing about to his country. Additionally, I find it disingenuous to legitimize a dictator and main source of unrest in the South American region, by allowing him to speak (and insult!) the American public for almost one full hour. This catastrophe of a “leader” – which in fact the only thing he leads is his “revolutionary” (AKA: communist) party and ignores the rest of the people – has divided Venezuela, I believe, beyond repair.

This person is a liar and criminal! And should not be allowed to speak to the people he is trying to demean. Please refer to the Human Rights Watch report on his atrocities.

I have a few questions:

Why has he not stopped the FARC from terrorizing the Venezuelan people?

Why has he sponsored the FARC?

Why are the youth of JAVU kidnapped, tortured, and even executed for exercising their freedom of speech?

Why are you legitimizing this criminal with a national broadcast?

Why does he suppress freedom of speech?

Sincerely, a disappointed viewer and Venezuelan exile!

Long live freedom,

Bianca/California   September 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

He sounds like another crazy dictator with an audience!! Why did they not spike the water at the UN with psychotropic drugs when they had the chance?? He is ranting like Gadaffy & Ahmadinejad....Don't you know that you want to be taken seriosly to not rant and rant and rant.....IF he talked in reasonable terms maybe more people would listen oh yeah and that thing he does when he kills his opposition...not so good either!!!

Jan from PA   September 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Chavez needs to recognize that his ancestors, the spanish (I assume he is of spanish decent and not from whats left of the native people there), were part of the europeans who came here and eliminated the native people from south america on up though north america.

thejoyjoy   September 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

larry! (like chavez call you) in #venezuela the synagogues were violated and swastikas were draw in the walls. Thanks to Chavez. look how he never respond anything that you ask.

Ryan   September 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET


The U.S. gives Colombia funds so the U.S. Government can continue to profit from Colombia's number one export.

This translator is discrediting every statement of Mr. Chavez. I am not taking sides, but her translations are confusing, misleading and very unclear.

FREE Venezuela   September 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

GOD this is like a Chavez Camping ... everything about education and health is a lieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee why you dont confront him

GB   September 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

You can measure his presidency with the amount of ranchos growing on the mountains (Cerros)

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

please ask him whatever to the free press in Venezuela??? Doesn't he control the press there too???

Beatriz   September 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Is Venezuela doing better now, after 10 years of Chavez regime and one of highest oil prices peaks? Are people living better? More safety, enough food, more freely? inclusive environment? speech liberty? free choices?

Oriana Swidarowicz   September 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hi Larry... i wish you could ask him what does it feel like having money, going to hollywood, giving press interviews to showbiz stuff and not worring about the terrible education law he declared, about the economics in his country and the fact that he came from a poor home and now his family is using the goverment money to have family vacations using Venezuelan Air Force on tropical islands around the world.

Ask him, if you will, how can he sleep at night knowing that no one likes him for what he is in his own land. And please, tell him that he once said that he wouldnt be a dictator, but he is messing with the freedom and free will, no one is free to declare, no one is free to act, work or anything in Venezuela... Not a chance he is not a dictator... Come on... Plus... We'll have a dictator reunion in here, so... getting together to share tips about abolish freedom, or just friendly chit chat?


Tony Gambino Kearney   September 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Some people think that Chavez wants to have a Colombian president that is his friend, because he wants to take advantage of the excellent geographical position of Colombia with acces to the Atlantic and Pacific ocean to have closer relations with some communist countries, what is Chavez position about that?

What is Mr. Chavez position about some of Venezuelan opinions that he doesn't take good care of his country because he is all the time trying to interfere in Colombia's internal affais?

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET


FREE Venezuela   September 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Be serius Larry put him on the spot , are kiding me this man is running the show is like to see one of his journalist asking him about hiss office , I think that he will sing in any moment or tell a joke

S.S   September 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

He is talking right now about poverty... Of course the poverty has been reduced because he gives money to poor people so they dont have to work,, they don't have to study so the do not realize what he is doing with the country...

Another thing: being rich is bad... Ask his daughter seem in Paris at Madona concert... I could show the pictures if you want..... What a idiot...

And by the way somebody wrote there is free education in Venezuela.. And that is truth and is no new from his presidency has been long time ago. Free education and free health care...

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Come on Larry, confront this clown...he loves a challenge...

Mazen   September 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Chavez is the voice of Unheard people!!

hg   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry , ask Chavez if he has even thoght about the enviromental consequences of drilling for oil, and why doesn´t he think about changing to green freindly alternatives. thank you-

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Ask him if he thinks there is democracy in Cuba...

Nieves Garcia   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry ask Hugo Chavez why are many of the poor women of this country giving birth out in the street, right in front of the public hospitals? It's public, and on tape.... Ask Hugo Chavez about the many political prisoners.... in a democracy there are no political prisoners.....

GB   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

everyone know that referendum was fixed

Liliana   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

The only reduction in poverty was for his loyal people (politicians, high rank army people) who went from being low class to wealthy people!!!!

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Ask him about Fidel..??? Isn't him his Idol???

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry, Ask him about helping FARC(guerrillas) in Colombia???

Barbara   September 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

A question for Larry's Guest:

Mr. Chavez......what about the CARACAS "9" ???????
What about the "fairness" of the torture you impose upon your citizens ???


Ryan   September 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

That would be the legal export. I'm talking of other vegetation.

GB   September 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry please ask:
Why do millions of Venezuelans march against him?

angela   September 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Ahhhh, everyone is "lost' that happens to make him uncomfortable with a different point of view.He is communistic.

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Alright Larry, keep him in the spot...ask him about what are the independent channels.... "hundreds"???

Valeria   September 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Why hugo chavez despises coup d' tats, if he perpetrated 2 -uncesfull ones- himself? Did he forget that?
If something, he is the same as michelleti. Coup d tats are coup d tats, it doesn't matter wheter they come from left or right.
My guess is that he would support one against uribe.

Why venezuela, after 11 years with him power, has not seen any improvement?

Why did he travel to libia, russia etc in cubana de aviacio and not in his state of the art airplane?

I cannot believe that such a clown can be the president of anythink

Janice Loitz   September 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Enough of these lunitics.Last night Libeya and Iran and tonight this loonie.They do not deserve air time.

How do their people live ?

Why are they even at the the UN.It just goes to show what the UN represents.A bunch of terrorists and self serving Lunitics.It should be desolved.

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Keep him on the spot...He did close them...keep him on the spot... ask him about the free press and the stations and the channels again.. he is about to crack

GB   September 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What is that law that you are talking about?

Liliana   September 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What about the consultative referendum for the modification of the Venezuelan Constitution?. Venezuelans said NO to such modifications and ask him why has he later (the lord of the National Assembly and all the other powers in Venezuela) approved such modifications?. Ask him about the polemical Education Law.

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

So there is no freedom of speech!

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Ask him when was the "Coup de Etat" when was the "assasination" call, and how come the courts have not admitted that???

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

YOu need to ask him if he feels there is a democracy in Cuba...and if he says yes...ask him what is "communism" it a form of democracy?

Ali   September 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Pls ask him about Cuba, I want to know what he will say

Claudia   September 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Good for asking him if he closed 32 TV stations.... The U.S. has to understand that what is happening in Venezuela is very similar to what happened in Cuba during the late 50's with Fidel Castro. History is repeating itself before our eyes, before the United States' eyes and nobody seems to care????

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

There he almost got him...he will admit he is a communist...if you ask him about democracy in Cuba...

Ira Martin   September 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Ok CNN you invited this monster and are leting him tell all this lies on National TV ow us Venezuelans a documentary or a special report to that confirms all this lies he's saying...go to Venezuela and verify and then you would have shown a fair coverage on this matter is.

Merche   September 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I know everything is about the rating and you will have a big rating in TV tonight just for presenting Chavez. You are giving the big time of his life and he does not deserve it. He has converted Venezuela in his own backyard where he can do whatever he pleases, he does not care about anything except power, and money and he will be a new Hitler if is not stop on time. He is also a lier and cheater.

I hope you can give the same time to leaders of the oposition in your program to present the other side of the story. You could call Mr. Marcel Granier who is the President of RCTV the TV station that was closed by Chavez, and he can tell you and your audience the reality that Venezuelan people are living. They are in hunger and fear as it has never happened before.

JP   September 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Why is he creating a divided country? Why do I have to be called "pitiyankee" or labeled another name if I don't agree with his policies? Communist and socialists regimes use this strategies to create divisions and hatred against opposition. Is he pushing us away so he can have full control?

Martha   September 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am really surprised you are having Hugo Chavez in your program but, at the same time, wondering why you did not invite Mauel Zelaya to your program one of the many times he has been there meeting with Hillary. They are both evil people. They are both liers....Please, believe half of what he tells you. The world will find out, perhaps a little too late, after much blood shed in Honduras, what kind of people Zelaya and Chavez are.

Alfonso Hernandez   September 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry, Can you ask Chavez, why he used private airplanes to fly, why he used expensives watches or why he used expensives suits when he said many times that the people want to be rich is so bad. Whe need security, helath services and peace in Venezuela. Pleas ask him why more people died in Venezuela inone weekend than in a year in Irak.
I am Venezuelan and last year three guys tried to kidnapping my family and rigth now I am living in a free country that permit people like Chavez talk in public without restrictions and in Venezuela I can not express my opinion in public because the Chavistas can hurt me or my family.
We need a free Venezuela.

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Come on...keep him in the spot... ask him if he feels in Cuba people live a democracy??? That will get to him...he will say yes... and he has already admitted he feels the way to a better economy is through socialism, but more through communism.... Larry you know how ...come on man.

Nieves Garcia   September 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Larry ask Hugo, about how our children are getting teared gassed with tear gas that is toxic. Among these children are my own... three US born, that live here because of my work.... Ask Hugo about the students that are going to jail, just cause the do not think the same....

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Thanks Chavez!!! are the most important leader of the 21st century....!!!..we love you!!!

Maher   September 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why dont he trys to get back the third world and middleeast from yhe hand of the west?
they are swimming in the ignorance and he is supporting their regims

juan perez   September 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Chavez is a liar !!! he is doing same thing than fidel castro did in the past to cuba , fidel is his idol !

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Currently Cuba is living one of the worst economic crisis in decades..there is not even, toilet paper for their own people... what does he has to say about that...?

Daisy Rojas   September 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Do socialists change the constitution to keep themselves in power?? In this way his actions are no different than Zalayas. He talks out of both sides of his mouth. These behaviors and the tightening/changing laws in Venezuela are reflective of a personal agenda such as dictators perform. Hoarding of national resources and appointments to personal aquaintances does not demonstrate socialist principles. Where are the unions and labor organizations which are supposed to have equal representation. How are assets distributed? These are obvious discrepancies...

Carolina   September 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry you are wasting your time with that mounster!! He is the biggest lier in the world !!! He will never accept anything that he have done!!

Eduyn Graterol   September 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Yes, Most of your comments are true. there is high kidnapping rates in Venezuela, crime is out of control, and we have to deal with drug trafficking coming from Colombia that is on its way to teh U.S. But most of you that have different views about Venezuelan government do not have a solution to our problems, do not have competitive government project to adverse Chavez ideals. U.S ex-president Clinton, once said to the media in Bolivia that if you were to put yourselves in the shoes of a Bolivian farmer you would probably vote for Mr. Morales. I can guarantee that most of you commenting on this blog do not starve at night. Venezuelans starved for 40 years while we allowed the actual opposition run wild stealing our food and our wealth. now all of you intellectuals that seem to know Venezuelan politics so well; can any of you propose a candidate to run against Chavez? who is it going to be? Ledezma? Obama? Come on! sorry to crash into your party but Chavez is going to be Venezuelan president for a while, just because us Venezuelan want him here!

Livia   September 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Larry, you are no match for this demagogue. You cannot just have a list of prepared questions without countering his lies. All you are doing is providing a platform for his ideology. Suggest you have a follow up program to this interview with people who know the truth of the Venezuelan tragedy under the Chavez dictatorship!

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

DOn't let him deter your questions again...

Miguel   September 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Ask him why he is against the Coup de Etat in Honduras but that is how he got in the power, ask him about the caracas nines? and what future does he really sees with the modern socialism?

Liliana   September 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

And what about him protecting the terrorist group FARC????

GUSTAVO   September 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Please ask him why he supports the Colombian FARC, which constantly kidnap, murder, and extort Venezuelan citizens. Ask him how is it possible that Caracas is the murder capital of the WORLD.

S.S   September 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Jessica... you are right he has not kill anybody he has sent somebody to kill the others

LEOPOLDO GARCIA   September 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Mr. King:

As a Venezuelan, sorry for all he is saying you. All is false, our health system is broken, our insecurity are growing and each day more people are poor. He is a dictator. I only ask you , we deserve another program when you show the true, please show images of ours hospitals, streets, communities.......please interview Venezuelan people...!!! We can not support his lies..!!! He don't wants the colombian bases because he remember Noriega's case..

Paula   September 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Congratulation Larry, thanx for invite to my president Hugo Chavez, and the all stupid opositions of Venezuela are bleeding by the wound, Larry is free to invite who he wants, Chavez is a charismatica and a very inteligent man, dont be jelous, why are scared? in Venezuela and the world we want you 🙂

Alberto   September 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

When will the violence in Venezuela end... when for every 100,000 of his citizens 130 are murder violently? More than twice as many as Cape Town, South Africa, which is the next most violent city with 62 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. In a country that only has 26 million habitants

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

All the serial killers and mass murderers Republicans are gone....and Chavez is still on power...Thanks Chavez we love you!!!!

angela   September 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

we love you too, the way we love Russia, Iran, Iraq. And you can take some DVD's home too. Gees, he sounds like another wannabe, it wasnt that long ago that Saddams palace was raided and there pictures of Elvis on the wall.

Amy   September 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

What about the fact that Venezuela is zincked in extreme poverty and the worst health conditions? where does all the money from the country`s oil go to? You would only have to live there and experience day to day life in order to know that Chavez`s answers to Larry`s question are a load full of lies and irony. Health and Educational conditions and priorities are well put aside because he is more interested in promoting himself outside of Venezuela and giving the country`s money away to help Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Cuba and so on... instead of helping and providing his country first. Chavez is no logic and sincere, he says something and then denies it ans says that ¨its ridiculous¨ or he says something and does a different thing. He wants to be a international political icon not a primary provider to Venezuela.

S.S   September 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

the best way to confront him is playing the videos of 10 or 5 years ago and videos of the last couple of years.

Norberto   September 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Dear Larry

I like to know From Mr. Chaves If he wants to be friends with the world. Why did he became friends with all the communist countries first, knowing that the US. Does not sympathies with communism, and if he really wants to be friends with the US. Why does he minimize United States every time he is in the news? Why does he wear red colors every time he is on public?

Carolina Giovannetti   September 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What was your point of interviewing such a liar and tyrant! How can you believe what he will say! Go to Venezuela and then interview him! What an insult! How degrading! Don't yo understand that Venezuela is not the Venezuela we had before this animal???

Angela Savage Austin   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

We all fall short ! Now is the time to listen to each other and start over. War has no ear, hatred has no face, greed has no heart and death has no life. We all need to stop exalting ourselves over each other. There are good and bad people in this world...or people who chose to do good or do evil....even in the name of God. Racism is really about greed, vanity and power. I am glad that President Obama is allowing all of us in this world to have their say so that we as individuals can come to our own conclusions without prejudice. I too want peace on earth. If mankind will not chose so, then God Will!

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

He protects FARC so they can profit from cocaine and kill peolple in Colombia. Larry, ask him about FARC ?????

JP   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Can you spell DEMAGOGUE???

Marillion   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Chavez cannot follow a set of thoughts without changing his mind and completely deviating from the point....he cannot get to the point

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Bush and Reagan have killed more people than Hitler, Mao, Ho Chi Mein, Stalin and Pol Pot together........Chavez has never killed anyone, he is as clear as the water!!!! Chavez we love you!!!

Mary Angel   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


Hugo Chávez, he is just a man without enough education, changing oil for weapons and he talks a lot....!!!!! (verborrea in spanish)....very,very dangerous man.
Larry, please now you have to invite President Uribe, talk with him and know the true, about the real situation in Colombia.

Claudia   September 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

He is so cynical...

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Venezuela needs another referendum, and find out if he is willing to do it, while he is not there controlling the elections...

Tony Gambino Kearney   September 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Ask Chavez why does he have always an excuse to attack Colombia, now everything is about the military bases that USA wants to install in Colombia, but anyway before, he had other reasons he is trying to find something to talk against the Colombian Government all the time?

Why he doesn't he govern his country in which there are more poverty than Colombia?

Liliana   September 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The tyrant speaks of one Children Hospital, but what about the others?. He won't say a word about the other hospitals because they are extremely deteriorated (infrastructure, supplies, etc.). Not a cent in investment for hospital; on the other hand, millions of $$$$$ for war weapons.

GUSTAVO   September 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Please ask him why he oppresses Venezuelans who do not support him. He did illegally fire thousands of workers for signing a petition to impeach him. He also used the same "list" of citizens who signed that petition to prohibit them from any kind of job in government or contract.

Juan   September 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry, Ask him about FARC (guerrillas)??????????

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Bush Sr and Bush Junior have killed more muslims than all the Holy Crusades together....what a shame!!! who is the real monster?

tired   September 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Not embargo for Cuba but yes embargo for Honduras

Tony Gambino Kearney   September 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Please, no more Chavez tomorrow, Larry

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

At least Chavez is still shipping FREE heating oil to the poor Alaskan natives...something Palin never did...!!!!

Marillion   September 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Quite's a shame something with such disorganized set of thoughts and lack of formal education can be governing one of the larger countries in latin america.

CARLO (QUEBEC)   September 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Thanks larry for trying to interview the biggest "clown" and "liar" in the world, but next time...keep him on the spot...that may make him admit he is a communist and the next South American will see.

Graciela Martin   September 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Mr. King everything Chavez says is a LIE!!!

Nieves Garcia   September 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

he is not a Catholic.... he does not like the Jewish community, look up all the vandalism against both the Catholic Church and the Temple here in Caracas.... may we not forget.

Juan M Gomez E   September 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

My respects for the retired colonel that wears 4 stars in the name of socialism, while his country is starving, the hospitals are lacking medicines and equipment, Caracas has piles of garbage all over and the new russian helicopters are falling down without a reason. It takes an unconscious mind to export a revolution that goes in detriment of his own people.

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Obama and Chavez will change the world...they are part of the NEW WORLD ORDER......we love them!!!!

J in NY   September 24th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I really wanted to meet Chavez in person this week in New York but it is hard to know where he will be speaking. He is one of the best leaders in the world right now I'm glad to have a chance to see him on your show.

No mas Chavez   September 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I can't believe that USA let this corrupted Communist into our land. He has spent most of his presidency denigrating of everything that United States stand for. Now he’s here talking like nothing have ever happened like a movie star. He is the worse president that Venezuela have had and the spoiled apple that is contaminated Latin-America. He is behind of every insurrection in South or Central America, he has used oil money to buy consciences throughout the world while he is spreading his seudo-socialism. I invite the world to come to Venezuela to see how this monster is capable to violates Venezuela’s constitution every time he feel like,

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

With Obama in power...the world is a much safer place....thanks Obama!!!

tired   September 24th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Live with him!!! HA HA HA!!!
The love will be gone very fast!!! HA HA HA!!!

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Thanks Larry King....we love you!!....Chavez is a great leader...!

Sofi   September 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I missed the show!!! Noooooo!! I woulda love to see Chavez interview. I hope you guys post a video tomorrow!!!

Nieves Garcia   September 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Jessica I will give you free room and board,,, and come on down to Venezuela,,, only come to see how the people really strive.... how children die, how Venezuelan children are born on the streets 'cause they do not have health care.... come on down.... if you dare.

Jessica   September 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Chavez only hated a proof of his friendship to the american people he is still shipping free heating oil to the poor alaskan natives and the poor montana natives...!! stop bashing him...!

Jorge V   September 24th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Do not be fooled by this so called Vene_elan president. I saw the complete interview and instead of being the Venezuelan president he should be in a mental hospital. It is pretty disturbing how Comunists lie in people faces and think the people are to believe everythinh they say. I just came back from Venezuela and crime is at it highest rate per capita, public hospitals do not have the medicines they need, the government offices never have the materials to get passports or I'd's. So, this mental patient should see and help his country first rather than worrying about Honduras, Bolivia and Nicaragua. He should be in jail because he is the first traitor to his own country.

tired   September 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

It is easy to use your freedom to do and say whatever you want!
Be aware and careful with your freedom: It is easy to loose it at the dangerous hands of a "leader"!!!

Eduyn Graterol   September 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

S.S, how come those kids are orphans? I live in Venezuela and I have not heard the first bomb yet. we live happy, kids are protected from violence, and women have rights. .... Jessica, you seem to be better informed about current events, send me your source! I do not know what t.v channel you watch.

k perez   September 24th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Just like the Obama effect. If you're actually interviewing Chavez, things are really changing in world!

Jay   September 24th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Yeah Jessica go to Venezuela an take a good look around. Destroyed hospitals, women literally giving birth ON THE SIDEWALKS due to a lack of doctors, a failed hospital infrastructure through out and broken down equipment...Go and see the morgues filled up with up to 50 bodies PER WEEK, all killed due to violence in the streets...and yes, go and experience the 30% a year hiper inflation....It's just like Disney World.

Alfonso Yanes (Caracas)   September 24th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

It's weird to see venezuelans opposition talking bad about our president, while many americans are agreeing with him in many things... cheers!!!

Gerardo from Honduras   September 24th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I just can't believe it. Larry, Who do you think is the person you are interviewing? Let me figure it out... Maybe an sponsor, that has the biggest network on his service...

Astucia   September 24th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Excellent interview of the worlds best liar: Hugo Chavez.
Although I know He is delirious, some of his points of view are a cry for the US to wake up to the reality of the world.

Capitalism is not the: "do all, end all" of the world. It is time to entertain other ideas

Capitalistic arrogance, cannot triumph...

surjit   September 24th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Hugo Chavez has some real and meaningfull questions to US.
1. US proclaims itself the World's richest and Poerfull country could not provide Healthcare and Education to all it's citizens.
2. Venezuela bought the weapons for it's own defence system. US has no right which has 7 military base in columbia..What right it has and who is threatening latin america by having these many military bases.
3. Iran president doesn't accept Holocaust...That is not completely acceptable..But the European countries are not accepting the geonocide or holocaust killing in South America...Nobody questions that.
4. Obama has asked for stop nuclear weapon manufacture...He asked who first created Nuclear weapon and who fired it first...Is US ready to demolish all it's US nuclear weapons as a rol model for the entire world...
5. Venezuelan economy has grown much better after he became the president...but the world's richest country is in one of the worst ru going to answer that...
6. Capitalism is the evil...

These are very basic and honest questions which not only Chavez the entire world comunity has raised against US. And sadly most of the US citizens are thinking that US military forces are spreading peace all over the world and they are not..So Obama stop talking and start acting by bringing back the troops.

Mike   September 24th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Chavez is the Milosevic of South America.

A big Liar

It is impossible to count the lies Chavez said in just 30 minutes.

Poor venezuelans.

Panthera   September 24th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

He is a LIAR, the worse or worse. He doesn't want to be friends with no one but the DEVIL. If he really cared for his people, he wouldn't take away their properties. He wouldn't chase them so that they would leave their beloved country. Venezuela is a beautiful country with allot of interesting places. Do your really believe that if this LIAR cared for his country he would threaten the presidential candite to kill him if he won. How can you rely on a person that buys weapons, nuclear weapons, to keep their neighboring countries away. What kind of insane person would want to have a friendly relationship with a horrific terrorist. I have been in Venezuela very long ago and I am not planning to go there again unless some gets a splendid idea of desappearing this creep from the milkyway.

Luis!   September 24th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Just ask any Venezuelan living in Venezuela if they honestly think that their lives right now are better than 10 years ago. If the money that they earn is enough to get a decent place to live and buy groceries, and pay the bills and live a good life. If they feel safe going out to see friends or walk around in the city. If they enjoy a better quality of life now. Anyone who answers 'yes' to these questions is lying or is working for the government and won't bite the hand that feeds.

rebecca   September 24th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

When larry king asked Hugo Chavez what he liked about the US he said baseball and other stuff and at the end he said WHITE WOMENand Larry King moved to a break . I laughed for 10 minutes strait.

Danielle R. H.   September 24th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

– What about the energetic crisis in Venezuela? In my state there's a sistematic rationalization of the electricity due to the lack of investments in that sector that have brought the collapse of the electric stations. In a daily basis, the electricity is cut it down for one hour or two in different places of my city and the state. Thats even happens in the commercial sector, and other states.

-What about the alarming increase of abductions, and murders? Only in my city, there's one or two abductions EVERY WEEK. The population of my city is 400-500K.

-What about the massive nationalizations of private businesses?

-What about the decrease in the amount of money people Venezuela can use abroad? Only 2500 US$/year! and 400 US$ in electronic transactions like online shopping. Yeah people, we can't spend more than that outside Venezuela.

Chavez looks good for many people inside and outside the country because he is like a mix between Santa Claus, Hitler: Giving everything away to other countries to get allies and international support FOR HIM not Venezuela. And the people in Venezuela working like if they were in a sweatshop with no security on their goods and real states.

Lillian Miller   September 24th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Larry, It is disturbing to see that our congress has become so bitterly divided due to party lines. I am appalled that they are acting like high school kids who separate when they don't get their way! Americans have voted into office people who they believed would use their intellect and knowledge of government for and by the people, to IMPROVE our domestic circumstances. Instead, we get an aggregate which is largely composed of argumentative and, many times, vindictive personalities who are totally unwilling to compromise. I am ashamed of the disrespect shown to our duly elected President, Barak Obama. Americans should be bigger and better than what we are showing to the world! Shame on our congress people!

Jaime Raich   September 24th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Mr. King:

I would like to let you know a couple of things you may not know about Chavez:

1. In interviews he gave prior to his election as President he recognized Fidel Castro as a dictator.
2. However, once he got elected as President, he started to apply Castro´s recipe in Venezuela.
3. Chavez has been "cubanizing" his country for around ten years, restricting day by day freedom to his citizens.
4. Chavez closed more than 30 radio stations and RC TV channel which made opposition to his government.
5. Chavez prosecutes everyone who talks against his regime.
6. Chavez has been supporting FARC terrorist group for several years.
7. Chavez supports any regime which shares his hate for the "devil empire" (how he call the U.S.), such as Iran, North Korea and every threat to world peace...

I just wanted to let you know the truth about the clown who visited you...

Nohemi   September 24th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Chavez has shownhis anti-american sentiments and is attacking President Obama by making fun of him whenhe refers to him as: "Obama 1 and Obama 2." His purpose is to denigrate the US. Just as Fidel Castro, during 50 years of dictatorship, has not found an American president he likes, Chavez is emulating Castro because he is uncapable to think on his own...

Very good questions Larry!!! With this interview you washed out what Barbara Walters did...falling in love with this disgraceful being HC is...

Danielle R. H.   September 24th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

For Jessica who is making praise on Obama and Chavez...

Chavez is unable to accept people who think different to him. He is a rancorous human being. I want to meet the first person who says something against him and is still able to be at his side. Simply, He is a politic racist.

Is natural to get away from people who don't have the same thoughts or way of thinking, but Chavez is an extremist in that sense, trying to get rid off of that kind of people. Trying to discrediting that kind of people, calling them traitors and even a title Chavez himself earned years ago, "Golpistas".

About Obama, he is doing good a good, but not excellent and he's not a god. I hate how people idealize other people in a blind way. When you say, "I LOVE YOU..." to Chavez and Obama is not a healthy thing to do because you know what: Love is blind.

Enrique Frutiger   September 24th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

Chavez does not deserve any air time. Larry you are interviewing a person with no morals who can say one thing and do another.
He is using oil money to embark in dubious chores, that money belongs to all Venezuelans whom do not see a penny .Instead they had started leaving their own country.

Gustavo jr   September 24th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

I left Venezuela in my teen years, as a adult now and a citizen of the USA, i can tell you that I am happy that finally there is a president that have the love for his people as he does.. Everything that he has said is true! How the country was corrupt before, It was a country with laws that were not enforced, the people in power abused the system, there was not hope! The rage and nonsense of some of the commentators here is because they belong to that elite that abuse the system or have not idea what really is going on and I feel sad to see these people trying to put Chavez down when all he is doing is giving the people of Venezuela what we have here in USA freedom and wrights for EVERYBODY. Wake up people stop the hate and nonsense, stop watching this media that tends to put a good man down!! God bless Hugo Chavez!!! I recommend to watch Oliver Stone movie " South of the Border"

tired   September 24th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

Gustavo: Come back! And see the cruel reality! And quit your american citizenship! Welcome back!

venezuelan   September 24th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

... so the head of not one, but two failed coups in 1992, which left hundreds dead by the way, uses the so much hated US Media to spread his "ideas" (lies) about a supposed free and honest world when Venezuela is one of the most corrupt countries in Latin America? Capitalism is bad but the oil bu$ine$$ is so good! So good, the government ALLOWS us to live off of $2500 A YEAR for expenses when traveling outside the country, previous approval mind you! we don't even produce enough food to provide ourselves so we have to import everything. even then there's the same restrictions for businesses to get the $$$ to buy overseas. all plans for local production have failed with the money invested going to the pockets of these so called "socialists". his ideals are just a facade. the richer are getting richer while the middle class and poor are getting poorer. A "good" weekend sees about 30 people dead by homicides, and that's only in the capital, we've had enough power outages to lose count, the water system is precarious, health system is falling apart, 30% inflation rate, and minimum wage is about $150 a month, cause despite anything else they want to make you believe we have to pay up to three times as much we should for every single thing. Do you believe in socialism? Yes, we only pay about $1 to fill the car tank, but I don't think we've evolved enough to be fed with oil...

vALENTINA PARIS   September 24th, 2009 11:38 pm ET



venezuelan   September 24th, 2009 11:49 pm ET


"I left Venezuela in my teen years, as a adult now and a citizen of the USA, i can tell you that I am happy that finally there is a president that have the love for his people as he does.." –> You should come back then and be "happy" with all of us.

"Everything that he has said is true! " –> Based on?

"How the country was corrupt before," –> Oh it still is, and so much more corrupt than before...

"It was a country with laws that were not enforced," –> Yup, still happening...

"the people in power abused the system," –> Oh they still do, but at such point it should be considered a rape of the system...

" there was not hope!" –> There's still none, pero como decimos la esperanza es lo ultimo que se pierde!

"The rage and nonsense of some of the commentators here is because they belong to that elite that abuse the system or have not idea what really is going on and I feel sad to see these people trying to put Chavez down when all he is doing is giving the people of Venezuela what we have here in USA freedom and wrights for EVERYBODY." –> Elite? You seem so "unbiased" or "unaware" yet you speak just like he does.. Giving rights at the expense of losing other rights? "Everybody" when the only ones who benefit are those who don't say anything against his ideals? And, I can't "put him down" 'cause I have to be sympathetic on all his actions and blindly agree on everything it's said and done? Fanatical much?

"Wake up people stop the hate and nonsense, stop watching this media that tends to put a good man down!! God bless Hugo Chavez!!! I recommend to watch Oliver Stone movie ” South of the Border”" –> Propaganda? I thought we were past that era.

Juan Diaz   September 24th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

One more thing, Larry:

Why didn´t ask him why he calls for the details of the military agreement between Colombia and the US to be published, while his own National Assembly, or Congress, has just passed a law forbidding the disclosure, for security reasons, of the details of the military pact between Russia and Venezuela?

In closing, I want to quote Chávez who recently stated that he had been "sentenced to ignorance". Well, in his case, it appears he got a life sentence.

No more Chavez   September 24th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Good Evening Everyone, As a Venezuelan citizen and still have family in Venezuela, is my major concern why this individual still in our society, he said U.S. has "Two Obamas" probably he will have to look himself in a mirror and notice there's TWO CHAVEZ, the one who travels around the world promoting the peace and the one in Caracas who is terrorising the country.. who is the real Hugo Chavez?? A: Only the people who has suffered his policies will know! people do NOT believe in this mask man called "Hugo the peace maker" in reality he wants to take control of everything as well known as "communism" is time to act now before is too late !! I feel terrible for my family who still live there, and my dream and wish is to see Hugo Chavez walking away from the presidency including his followers whom are bribe and blind with his lies.

Observer   September 25th, 2009 12:02 am ET

My disappointment at Larry´s sorry performance is compensated by the fact that practically all bloggers are discerning adults who see through the demagoguery and the gross and inaccurate generalizations of a narcissist-leninist who has built a "revolution" by busily selling as much petroleum as he can to his arch-enemy, the US, the one who claims he is a successor of Bolivar, who by the way is a descendant of the Spaniards and Europeans whom Chávez despises.

Chávez, you are a fraud. You are exploting the poor and ignorant peoples of Latin America by making them believe a government is the solution to all the problems.

Diego (Caracas, Venezuela)   September 25th, 2009 12:21 am ET

Buenas noches. Parece que la mayoría de las personas que escriben en este pequeño espacio son opositoras a Chávez y escriben cosas que para ellos son verdad; pero resulta que ese convencimiento viene directamente de algunos medios de comunicación venezolanos que exportan todo tipo de cosas negativas sobre el gobierno, sobre el presidente y peor aún, sobre nuestra patria. No hay un solo criterio aquí, de los que he leído, que sea convincente, incluso un tal "Ray" dice "Chavez says Venezuelans should hate Americans…". Nunca el presidente Chávez ha dicho eso. Respeto sus "posiciones" pero deben abrirse a la realidad, a los hechos verídicos. No confíen 100% en lo que algunos medios dicen de Chávez. Atentamente, un venezolano.

Diego (Caracas, Venezuela)   September 25th, 2009 12:24 am ET

Good night. It seems that most people who write in this small space are opposing Chavez and write things that for them are true, but it turns out that this conviction comes directly from some Venezuelan media, that export all kinds of negative things about the government, about the president and, worse, about our homeland. No single criterion here, I've read, is convincing, even somebody named "Ray" says "Chavez says Venezuelans should hate Americans .... " President Chavez has never said that. I Respect their "positions" but they must be open to reality, the true facts. Do not rely 100% on what some media say about Chavez. Sincerely, a Venezuelan.

Lived in Venezuela from 2003 to 2005   September 25th, 2009 12:28 am ET


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Laura   September 25th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Larry :
I was surprised today how soft you were with the Hugo Chavez's interview.You have to know that He helped for the last 10 years given arms to the Colombia guerrila FARCS and Colombia took the head of one of the most important men of this organization.It was in the border with Ecuador and Colombian soldiers found computer material showing Chavez information proving that he was involved helping rebelds form the "Farcs" long time ago. That's his hate against President Uribe from Colombia. Because of that operation President Uribe it was available to relieved hosted as Ingrid Betancourt last year.After that was relieved many hosted by President Uribe. Everyone knows that Chavez has connections with the FARCS that's why He is so ungry and affraid because the US cooperation with Colombia with the seven bases in Colombia. He cannot continue doing what he was doing last years. It is also important that there is lots of Farc's guerrila people protected by Chavez in Venezuela. He want wrongly all Latino-American countries become socialists like him against Venezuelan freedom They cannot talk freely. The media is controling by him. Recently He anounced close golf clubs because he said this is oligarquia sport.
Larry He's a crazy man I can believe you give one hour space to him to promote his socialism saying He's following Bolivar .He's lunatic man.

GUSTAVA   September 25th, 2009 12:33 am ET


Paul   September 25th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Chavez is noting but a dictator and I am tired of America being easy on him or the leader of Iran. It is time to be tough and they do not need Nuclear weapons and that is what they are working for. I am afraid we may have to start another Cold War with Russia if they don't stop supporting people like Chavez and Iran and so on. America USA needs to bring the jobs home and the factories home so the United States of America can be on top since we have to police the world for so long now. I want to also say to all the American Soldiers protecting our freedoms, Thank You for everything and for the Citizen Soldiers as well. Also, I support Isreal and any other country with the United States of American.

Neketia Alyatim   September 25th, 2009 12:38 am ET

I am enjoy watching this program today. I really that we as Americans need to stop thinking that everyone who does not agree with us are our enemies. Yes, I felt that Chavez said many things that are so true. You can pick people's friends for them.
I feel that Chavez was correct about telling us, Americans, need to take care of home first. Love starts in the home and is shed aboard as my Grandfather use to say. We have always put our nose into places that we should not. He was right about this. We have suffering here in many areas and it does not see race, class, or creed. We have been a big bully. Truely look at our history with other countries. Look at the Hondruan overtake. We have some our hands in this situation also- we have not called this a coupe! We will go there if there is some interest- no we are not the UN- but if cetain individauls can help over take a government just think what can happen in our country with those people in power! We are in a new era and some things should just stay in the past. American is not just white but we are asians, hispanics, blacks, arabs, native/ eastern indian. etc! But some of us are still under the old rule of how things were run and this is not good for progress- we know who wins in this situation.

As that old saying goes keep ur enemies and ur friends far!

Ruth Anne Q. Gudger   September 25th, 2009 12:39 am ET


This comment is not meant to offend anyone. I watch your show religously every single night and I count on your interviews to show the real person who you interview.

Honestly, though, is there some way that your wonderful CNN crew can find an interpreter who has no accent other than one from another country? At the end of our day, your listeners shouldn't have to struggle to understand what any nation's president, king, commander, dictator, etc. is trying to convey to Americans. Is our educational system so deplete that we must listen to an interpreter for a particular country try to speak to those Americans who care enough to listen to your program. We are tired but we care.

I know that I speak for many people who just want to change the channel or read the newspaper because we have to listen to the interviewee in the background while trying to pay attention to the double-speak and inflections of somebody from another country. Just give us an American straight talking lady or gentleman interpreter who can do the same job.

I am so very sure that most of your listeners feel the same way, that I am sticking my neck out to receive any ridicule. Your show right now is so trying that I am turning the TV off. I hope that any other interviews during this important time can be more easily understood.

Most sincerely,

Ruth Anne Q. Gudger

McLeod   September 25th, 2009 12:42 am ET

El cinismo de este hombre no tiene limites. Que verguenza tenerlo de presidente, es lamentable, pero me alegra que lo hayas entevistado Larry para que el mundo se dé cuenta de que está completamente desquiciado, es un irresponsable, mentiroso e inmoral. CINICO!

Venezolana   September 25th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Gustavo, you really have no idea......

BECKY   September 25th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Larry, It is amazing that this man takes the law in Venezuela and destroys human rights. Venevision will eventually close because they speak freely of the bad things Chavez is doing, He likes Castro because he plans on taking the same road and turn Venezuela into his own "little Cuba" were his ideas roll. Go to Caracas and interview poeple on the streets and have them tell you that there is plenty of food and freedom and that the country is safe!!! Hope that he gets tired of pocketing the Petro Dollars and retires to a country with no extradition. HE IS A LIER AND A THIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STONE JUST MADE THE GREATEST PROPAGANDA FILM OF ALL TIMES!!! INCREIBLE CARAMBA!!!!!!!

Andres   September 25th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Larry, 80% of what Chavez said today is a lie, the real situation of Venezuela in the past 10 years, is complete destruction of its production infrastructure, today we import more than 90% of products for daily living. Illegal changes in the constitution to block private TV channels, and private companies which once were an important part of the economic structure of Venezuela. At a glance, they did not renew the permits For RCTV the most viewed TV channel of Venezuela, he also took over almost all the international oil companies and cement companies as well. Currently we have ramping crime rates, with more than 70 deaths per weekend in Caracas. Very high rates of kidnapping rates and robberies. The judicial system and police are controlled by the government and terrorize common citizens. It would be nice to complement this interview with other interviews of prominent opposition members like Marcel Granier, president of the company 1BC, and of RCTV, Leopoldo Lopez, a young prepared politician, previous mayor of one of the counties of Caracas, who was politically blocked, Alberto Federico Ravell, director of Globovision, the only news channel not controlled by the government, among others.
Other issues like a totally collapsed public medical system, links with FARC, politicization of the armed forces and public universities, constant changes of many laws stated in the constitution in spite peoples negative in one referendum and the immense amount of money given away to other countries, also concern every person in our country that intelligently don't believe in him.
Please tell me your thoughts about this,
Thank you

Harold Schwartz   September 25th, 2009 12:51 am ET


I have been watching your interview of Hugo Chavez and find the number of commercial interruptions outrageous. I have not kept a tsop watch on it but it seems the commercial minutes are greater than the interview time. Disgusting!!!

Mark   September 25th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Hi Mr King :
Wrong interview with Chavez. He told you in your face that He's socialist and that what he wants for all the world, including United States. He's dreaming with his socialist idelogy like this government agenda. That's othe lie saying Bush tried to kill him. That's what the dictators say all the time.
Do you know people in Venezuela are hungry and poor with all the oil they have. He giive food just to the people that support him. He brings foreigners to Venezuela and in two months give venezuelan citizenship to vote for him. That's how he got voters, fraud and abusive government.

DR   September 25th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Over all Larry K was not prepared to interview Chavez!

I am Venezuelan and USA citizen – whether I agree with Chavez or not the issues are too many and too complex, I’m always looking at the POSITIVE side – I like the positive changes and improvements he has accomplished for Venezuelans, like a FREE HEALTH care system – which I used 3 yrs ago as I got sick there on a 2 week vacation trip! All FREE!

I believe no country should stick their nose in any other country affairs – otherwise lets have Chavez help Obama fix the healthcare issue…? Chavez is not going to fix all Venezuelan citizen problems, and Obama is not going to fix all our problems here…

I believe the USA government should focus on better things:
Stop the bailing out corps
Balancing the budget
Putting MILLIONS of people who are living on benefits for DECADES to work…or cut their benefits
(There are millions of people who have free housing, Sec 8 income, disability income, food stamps, free health care “Medicaid”, along with all minor children + more) do you think is fair that we tax payer have to pay for all the millions of Americans that get all this benefits? and more than half don’t deserve it? While if you loose your job you cant even get free healthcare! Stop milking the Gov and taxpayers!

Carlos Honduras   September 25th, 2009 1:14 am ET

Dear Larry, you are definitely a very respectable reporter in the US, this is due to your professionalism, experience, and other good competence skills, but above all, your challenging style. However, during your interview with Chavez, you seemed not in place, somehow nervous, and was not asking the usual challenging questions, I understand that this individual may be difficult to deal with, but I guess you need to prepare yourself better when interviewing these type individuals, who have lots of explaining to do to the whole world. Please consider this a constructive opinion. Best wishes. Carlos Enamorado – Honduras

serious   September 25th, 2009 1:18 am ET

Chavez is agaisn't the USA miltary bases because he is the main drog dealer in south a central america!!! PPPLLLZZZ can't you see that?? amoung aother most important things!

John   September 25th, 2009 1:44 am ET

And BTW, he did mentioned that Venezuela has "only" half the Colombian soldiers but he did not remembered that Venezuela has half Colombia's population and virtually no fights against guerrillas or paramilitary. There is on big liar in there as well: Venezuela expense on heavy weapons (weapons for use on international conflicts) are 10 times more than Colombia's.

Jose   September 25th, 2009 1:48 am ET

I imagine Larry's planned questions were scrutinized and CLEANED UP by Chavez's advisors. This was the lightest interview of a dictator I've ever seen.

Those people that think Chavez is a friendly, religious, fun, considerate, peace-seeking, caring person as he pretended to be in this "staged" interview, are as dellusional as this dictator. Just listening to Chavez clearly tells you that he is incoherent, dellusional, and narcissistic.

Let the record speak for itself, not the smiles, lies, and media manipulation used by Chavez . This man has one of the most expensive PUBLIC RELATIONS campaigns of any politician EVER. A narcissistic person that uses Venezuela's money to support his trips all over the world to make himself visible and to hire "celebrities" for their paid endorsement (Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Sean Penn, Danny Glover), to be photographed with them, or to have them make him a movie (Oliver Stone).

All "revolutions" look GREAT when shown to you from a limousine, by staying at the grandest hotel, and when shown the best scenes... Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Sean Penn, Danny Glover never went up to the slums, visited a hospital in poor neigborhoods, walked at night downtown Caracas, or went to the store to find a lack of food on the shelves.

My trips to Venezuela continue to ATTEST the dramatic deterioration of a country under a dictator, a man that has ...
– Put hundreds of opponents in prison
– Closed radio and TV stations not supporting his views, and strongly pressured others to modify their programming and fire desident journalists
– has drained Venezuela's coffers to support terrorism (i.e., FARC), political instability (i.e., Honduras), and presidential candidates that would extend his oppressive, totalitarian views in Latin America (i.e., Evo Morales/Bolivia, Cristina Kirchner/Argentina, Rafael Correa/Ecuador, Noriega/Honduras).
– and more...

Go to Venezuela, EXPERIENCE the "revolution" for several months, and tell me if you still have a big smile on your face like Chavez had on Larry King Live tonight.

Brad   September 25th, 2009 2:51 am ET

Over the past couple years, I have ceased watching CNN, except for Larry King Live. The Rev. Billy Graham, on past experiences, has spoken that he himself tunes in every evening to watch your program. After I tuned in tonight and saw the individual on your program, I immediately switched to Hannity! Larry, disappointing that you would chose to empower a dictator such as the one, Chavez. I am no longer a viewer of your program. Selah. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.

gaby   September 25th, 2009 3:27 am ET

We, venezuelans are so tired of Chavez... Some of us consider him as the devil on this world.. What happened with norms and values ? It's so sad to see that it is all about the money and oil . Please stop insulting us and know that something should be done against this "leaders" like Mr Chavez who are just for the power and EGO.. It's just horrible and sometimes just too much to take.. Venezuela is hurting and bleeding.. This man should be in jail and everyone knows it..

Joseph Mateus   September 25th, 2009 4:01 am ET

Larry, please don't believe the Snow White and Seven Dwarfs story that Hugo Chavez told you in your interview with him yesterday : Chavez is hiding the real truth....I recently was in Venezuela and had the opportunity to see first hand what is really happening there > rampant 37% monthly inflation that is eroding all Venezuelans buying power and continuously devaluation their currency, the so called Bolivar Fuerte....I noticed the price of food in supermarkets and other goods rising every single day....all goods that you buy in Venezuela cost at least twice as much as in the US but salaries there are 10 times lower.... except for gasoline..the reason for this currency debasing is the Chavez regime prohibition of exchanging buying and selling US dollars in Venezuela....He pegged the official exchange rate at 2 bolivars fuertes for one US dollar, but because you cannot freely and legally buy and sell US dollars in banks and other financial institutions he created a big illegal black market where you can sell dollars at a much higher rate, presently at about 7 bolivars fuertes for 1 US dollar. It so happens that all private businesses in Venezuela are thus unable to buy their goods at the official exchange rate of 2 bolivares fuertes for 1 US dollar, so they have to buy their supplies in the black market at the much higher rate,,then in order to recoup their money they have to charge their customers 4 or 5 times more for their goods and services, then if they were able to acquire their supplies at the much lower rate of 2 for one..and because the cost of buying dollars in the black market keeps increasing, so does the cost of all the goods and services that you buy there in Venezuela,,,I was in Venezuela for 30 days, when I arrived the dollar was selling at 5 bolivers fuertes for one dollar, and a month later was already selling at 6.5 bolivares fuertes for 1 US dollar...
But this insidious subversive set up is the creation of Chavez and his compadres, is backed by Chavez and his government because they are getting stinking rich out of it while all other Venezuelans become poorer by the day with this terrible inflation...Chavez sells the nation's oil in dollars, gets paid in dollars, then pays all his ministers, generals, admirals, National Assembly members, state governors, mayors and all other government officials in dollars..all this guys then turn around and sell their dollars in the black market for 7 bolivars fuertes per they get loaded with bolvars fuertes and thus can sustain an rich extravagant life style that no other Venezuelan can afford..this in turn consolidates Chavez hold on power, because he is the political and armed forces establishment sugar daddy....he is they santa coups here, because all politicians and military are in his pockets and are all getting very rich thanks to this dollar black market scheme... So much for his strong rhetoric about social equality....its just like George Orwell's The Pig Farm, all pigs are equal but some pigs are more equal than the others.

I also found the roads in Venezuela all full of holes, not just in the cities but also in the countryside.. I travelled 2..000 kilometres by car in Venezuela, and by the time I hot back where I started, Maracay, the whole car suspension, chassis, and gas tank was cost 4 times more in Venezuela than in the US and Canada, you can't get parts and when you do it cost 3 times more than the same parts in the Us and Canada...therefore so much for cheap gasoline..that is just a smoke screen for foreigners to create envy and hide the real truth. Restaurants and most other businesses are going broke because people cannot afford anything because of rampant inflation...and the oil companies, refineries, metallurgical industries and farms that were nationalised as well as other properties are in decay because the socialists don't really know how to run them....Chavez says that Socialism is the solution to the worlds problems..that is total nonsense...on the contrary, Hugo Chavez and company rampant corrupt socialism in Venezuela is the source of that country's problems..and is ruining it just as surely as the sun rises and sets every day. Just go there and find out for yourselves if you don't believe me.

Mark   September 25th, 2009 4:06 am ET

I think it is AMAZING that CNN even interviews people like Hugo Chavez, Robert Mugabe & that Iranian NUT!! I mean, do you realize CNN that through your interviews, you are giving these people CREDIBILITY!!!! You are, through your interviews, legitimizing these people!!! Take some RESPONSIBILITY for what you put out there, please!

How can you sit there idly by as someone like Hugo Chavez calls our sitting president (regardless of one's opinion of him) "the devil" in front of the UN & calls the Pope a TUMOR!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then, he turns around and says in your interview that people should have RESPECT for one another. Is he a hypocrite or what?

You should have some journalistic integrity CNN!!!!!!! Larry King Live is turing into Hard Copy or Inside Edition. I mean really-Larry King himself should be influencial enough to say NO, NO, NO!!!! Do you just put stuff out there for ratings, sensationalism, or what?

It certainly makes me NOT want to watch CNN anymore!


David   September 25th, 2009 4:39 am ET

I dont think if want to miss this,He is one among the presidents in the world knows how to use the country resources for the betterment of the indigenous.I will be so pleased to know that time according eastern European time.

Ben   September 25th, 2009 5:38 am ET

Yesterday's interview to Chavez was the worst ever by Larry King. Totally unprepared and without any knowledge of the facts LK gave an opportunity to a demagog to appeared like a saint and the people's revolutionary. Does LK know anything about the purpose of US military bases in Colombia to assist in the war against drugs that Chavez himself is involved with?

Resident   September 25th, 2009 5:52 am ET

I have been a resident of Venezuela for a number of years, and love the country for its people, its culture, its landscape and its climate. I have the ability to leave, and don't or maybe won't. While I do not possess a democratic right to speak out about the government I offer a view point that would leave me wondering which side of this argument I am on, but clearly I am on my side.

No doubt that corruption has been around a long time, since the Spanish arrived in the 15th century. Having been around that long it is not likely to change any time soon or very easily, certainly not during the governments leading up to Chavez or since. One of the fundamental problems is that while Venezuela has laws they are not very well enforced, and here is where the majority of the problems lie. When there are stepped up efforts or suggestions of stepped up policing it is considered by most to be an infringement of rights. To portray this take the conversation of people in a line paying fines for drinking and driving and "how does this government have the right to take my car to impound when I am found to be over the limit". In the most countries you would have went to jail as well at least for the night! Maybe you think this comment is a joke but it is representative of the Venezuelan way of thinking about the enforcement of laws. You cannot have your cake and eat it to, but if you break the law does not matter if you are a murderer or pay a government official to get you a document, it is breaking the law and it should have repercussions, and regardless of your social status.

For any government it would be impossible to change this culture or way of thinking in any number of terms but it will need to take a few generations, once the education starts. It is rediculous for the US to think it would change by an election that is a lack of understanding of the culture. It also would require a non-corrupt police force that is paid well enough to actually enforce and protect the people. I was carjacked recently, its a business which includes the police being involved. This is the fault of Chavez yes, not because he is promoting it but because he is not stopping it, it existed prior to him being in power...but it has gotten worse! The police recruitment is even an issue here, who would want to be recruited for a job that puts your life at risk, for a mere basic wage...two kinds of people those who aspire to get in on the corruption benefits and those who need a job, not necessarily those who are best prepared to enforce and protect. Paying them an appropriate wage would start to improve the level of candidates they are able to attract.

Now Chavez cannot win for losing, if he puts in play a national police force that is backed by the state, paid and trained to enforce and people start getting arrested for doing illegal stuff it will be called Communism or Dictatorship, if he does not the thing will continue to spiral out of control. While I hate to lose most of the freedoms I have here compared with restrictions of my home country due to enforcement of laws, I also want to ensure the safety of my family and myself and having been kidnapped I speak with authority on that matter.

So finally, Chavez stands a huge opportunity to continue to rule this country as long as the opposition remains fragmented. There needs to be (and he said this himself) a single solid opposition front (not 26 or whatever there is) opposition parties in order to provide any hope of true democracy otherwise he will continue to be the true winner. Also it would be nice to have just a little bit of objective journalism in this country but the bi-polarism is extreme. During the strikes of 2002 and since how the same news could be reported completely opposite (from state controlled to private controlled) and both were wrong just blows my mind away. No matter which news you read here you have to take it with a grain of salt.

I hope that Venezuela finds a way out of this situation because the country is too rich in culture, the people too good, and the territory too beautiful to be lost. The situation I talk about is security. If President Chavez can come up with a recipe for security he will win people over, but in doing so he will certainly create some more enemies.

William   September 25th, 2009 6:19 am ET

Chavez is right. RCTV has not been shut down!! Their license expired and now they are freely broadcasting by cable, calling for violence on the streets constantly. That is an evidence that its owner is not fit to manage a free signal TV station.

Thanks Larry King to help demystify, at least a bit, the evil image imposed by US media upon our President.

There are so many people so wrong about Hugo Chavez that made the dialog almost impossible. If want a world in peace, this media tricks needs to stop.

William   September 25th, 2009 7:07 am ET

In Venezuela, we have a long history of breaking the law without consequences. Almost everybody does it and that destroyed any institutional tradition of fairness. Chavez claimed for decisive steps against corruption. That affect not just Chavez supporters, affect as well opposition supporters. In Venezuela, the traditional elite think themselves as untouchables, and they can do as they please. If the reinforcement of the law ask them to answer for their acts, they reply "Dictator, .... Evil", and with help of their friends in TV, radio and press, they pretend run away.

Of course, more corrupt people need to be jailed, but there are some firsts cases. The opposition see this world between black & white, between "we the good and they the bad", they are angels and the rest of the world are devils. They don't have criminals in their lines. When the evidence collected show the facts, and jailed them, they cry – I am a political prisoner!!, when in reality they are common criminals, that happens to be political actors.

What I wants to see is a moral role model in the opposition, at least as good as President Chavez, not that rotten elite disloyal to our nation.

samuel messulam   September 25th, 2009 8:00 am ET

as a venezuelan citizen,may i tell you that during last night interview with my president we heard from him a venezuela that does not exist anymore.the country has been ravaged by inflation,corruption and where the rule of law does not exist was a poor show listening to a gentleman fantasizing a country on the verge of collapse.

iago   September 25th, 2009 8:15 am ET

N – 1 : i'm venezuelan in exile and using an alias because I'afraid of Chavez's police.

Nr – 2 : I've been a long time friend of the US

Nr – 3 : Chavez is a fake like a three dollar bill. He, together with Fidel Castro (his mentor and ideological father) hates the US and dreams of seeing it destroyed and converted in a soviet style state.

Watch out for his double standard.- He is maneuvering to get americans favor.

More over....your only enemy is your own country officials political naivetè.......

Thank you for your attention !

rosa   September 25th, 2009 8:27 am ET


Erika   September 25th, 2009 9:14 am ET

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH Larry ....for this interview with Hugo Chavez. I think we should always hear the two sides of the story and this is why I love watching CNN.
It's very hard for any human to adjust to changes and respect ANY LAW. And this is the number 1 issue in my beatiful country Venezuela. We must understand the law, follow the law and adhire to the law. This is how powerful countries become succesful. Let's focuse on culture, education, health system and issues that will lead Venezuela to be one of the richest countries in every aspect in the world.
Yes, Mr. Chavez may not sound sophisticated but he's one of the smartets and knowledgeable presidents I've ever known.

venezolano   September 25th, 2009 9:35 am ET

for those of you claiming his "revolutionary" flags are free health care and free education, let me remind you we've had those things since way back when, even before he dreamed of becoming president. you seem to try to bring this up because the US lacks those things and you promote them as some sort of achievement. come on! dont try and fool people by spreading the same lies. he has helped the poor ok but what's been here before has been left to rot in order to push his "revolutionary" programs, cause that's what they are , programs, no long term planning that would actually grow within the system in order to ensure proper assistance for ALL! why do i focus on the negative only you ask? well i pay all my taxes, money thats even helping t he poor, so i have every right to demand bigger and better things for EVERYONE in this country, including those who disagree w ith his actions whether he likes it or not. it's not a gift, it is our right!

Raul Roberto de Venezuela   September 25th, 2009 9:56 am ET

Hi Larry!
Thanks very much to invite Mr President Chavez! Try to let understand to the rich venezuelan people that here gave vent to their ignorant feelings how the things are! Don't let people drink the "shocking-cocktail" with the same rethoric as always that says Chaves is the evil, is corrupted, is a killer, is repressing every manifestation (damn, there are so many manifestations per weeks here in Caracas and the police has the order to don't intervene... or.. that supposed students that manifestate with english – and NOT spanish – slogans, they run with their dad's SUV and don't manifestate during weekend 'cause they go to their huge villas in Comore Islands or weherelse.. they r not citizens, they r totally dissociated from what the meaning of democracy is!)
Well, thanks to let us hear the direct voice of Chavez!
On the end, if he's really so bad as your media says, then let see if this is real or not.. in ur nice interview!! GREAT!!

hhurst   September 25th, 2009 10:12 am ET

I'd rather listen to Hugo Chavez than the lying Lindsay Graham any day but its rare I get to hear from people like Chavez – instead I hear ABOUT them from a biased press. I watch and it was INSULTING that CNN, as biased as they get, had a female voice interpreting Chavez's spanish! Oh, yeah, they couldn't find a male Spanish-speaking interpreter? If you believe that... She sounded breathless and excited – perfect to undermine anything he said, perfect to support the notion he is just another irrational nutcase dictator. Would they hire a female interpreter to be the voice of a European male president? No.

Claudia Saer   September 25th, 2009 10:57 am ET

Larry. Remember when Chavez said that there were two Obamas. Well there ara 3 Chavez, The good, The bad and the ugly.
The good only comes out in international interviews speaking like Miss Venezuela about world peace. The bad lives in Venezuela and the ugly rules over all the other venezuelan organisms violating on a daily basis the fundamental rights of his people. He is not consecuent with what he told you.

Freedom of speech in Venezuela is a joke. Is futil two be able to speak your mind if The Venezuelan government pays no attention to it and simply ignores sistematicaly what half of the country has to say.
For example, he has band comedy programs so comedians can not make fun of him. That can only be call lack of freedonm. Also he has band medical experts so that they can not speak openly about his mental condition. What do you call that Larry?. Why did you not ask about these isues.

The thing is that in order to properly enterview Chavez, the reporter has to come and live in Venezuela and check out first hand what is really hapening here. Then you can ask questions base on real life experience

On the other hand the currency purchasing control as implemented in Venezuelais is against basic human rights.

As an example, if my husband and me. along with my 3 kids want to travel to South Africa to see the Venezuelan team play at the Soccer World Cup, we could not. That is because the anmount of dollars tha we are able to legally purchace right now is only $ 2.500. for all of us.

Who in his right mind culd think that is enough to pay for acomodation, food and tickets for 5 people?

Think about this Larry.

Maria Chirico   September 25th, 2009 11:24 am ET

Hi everybody,
Last night at CNN en Español, I saw the interview, and again, like almost always he appears to be nice and charm, and I'm sure that people who don't know the current situation in Venezuela may get fascinated with him but the reality is opposite.

Antonio   September 25th, 2009 12:23 pm ET

What a shame¡
Chavez uses the home of freedom to speak all type of lies and no one can sit in a TV show in Venezuela to speak freely as he has done.
If somene refers of him as the devil form hell smelling like sulfur in Venezuela, we are sure he will have to fleed Venezuela asap, if not will be imprisonned.
He talks about peace but, he bought $2 billions of the Venezuelan people in Russian armament, and feed the violence and not the dialogue in many latin countries. He is in power not because of all good things he say, he is in power because he controlls the Venezuelan army wich defend him and not the democracy.

lowest profile possible   September 25th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

Larry i love your show and watch it when the life rithm gives a space.
But i think you were kind of soft with Mr. Chavez, any way, some flashes of his real Mr. Hyde were evident to the audience.
And i just want to kindly invite all the U.S. citizens that support, admire, and love him to come and spend couple of months here to verify what is really going on.
From outside all can seem a ´´nice romantic & pink´´ novel with an hipotetic ´´happy end´´ for all but the bad guys; but living here is a very real nightmare even for young kids, specially with the psicho-terror that is boosted with the new laws and policies.

manteca   September 25th, 2009 12:32 pm ET

I saw part of your show yesterday where Chavez said that Venezuela's military budget is the lowest, that the health care and education budgets are far greater, please ask him to show you what exactly he has accomplish in the 10 years he has been in power.

Go to Venezuela, unannounced, and go to Caracas, visit the public hospitals and the public schools, go to the west of the city and the only thing you will find is misery, the hospitals are so deteriorated that NOT even his followers will go to them, the schools are in no better shape than the hospitals, Caracas is the second most dangerous city in the WORLD, almost as many people die in Caracas as in Baghdad if not more.

Dodie ~ California   September 25th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

@ DR

You stated:
"(There are millions of people who have free housing, Sec 8 income, disability income, food stamps, free health care “Medicaid”, along with all minor children + more) do you think is fair that we tax payer have to pay for all the millions of Americans that get all this benefits? and more than half don’t deserve it? While if you loose your job you cant even get free healthcare! Stop milking the Gov and taxpayers!"

I COMPLETELY AGREE!! I work for the government in this area, and I see people on SSI SSDI Low Income Housing, Receiving medical health care (Food stamps which they sell for more drugs) and NEVER WORK A DAY IN THEIR LIFE WHO ARE ABLE BUT CHOSE TO MILK OUR SYSTEM!!!


I would like to see the government create 100,000 jobs to do nothing else but investigate every person who is receiving government benefits!!! And prosecute each individual for Fraud that is found able and capable of working. Place them in a "WORKING" prison where they have to work so not to drain the tax payers with more dept! This system has been abused over and over and over. I have worked 40 years of my life, and now I still can NOT retire because of all this crap!!! I am very tired of it!


You can not have a democracy when 1% of the population is taking billions of dollars at the top corporate/government levels and the mass who know how to manipulate the system in order not to work.

We Will end up a 3rd world country if we continue at this pace!!!

federika   September 25th, 2009 1:36 pm ET

I love Mr. Chavez.
Thank you Larry for presenting another face, another view, another opinion of this man.

susan grey   September 25th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

This man is a charlatan...He should not have been given so much time on your show..I live in Costa Rica and meet many Venazuelans that are leaving their country to live here while they still can....this is a very dangerous man

Jose   September 25th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

I imagine Larry’s planned questions were scrutinized and CLEANED UP by Chavez’s advisors. This was the lightest interview of a dictator I’ve ever seen.

Those people that think Chavez is a friendly, religious, fun, considerate, peace-seeking, caring person as he pretended to be in this “staged” interview, are as dellusional as this dictator. Just listening to Chavez clearly tells you that he is incoherent, dellusional, and narcissistic.

Let the record speak for itself, not the smiles, lies, and media manipulation used by Chavez . This man has one of the most expensive PUBLIC RELATIONS campaigns of any politician EVER. A narcissistic person that uses Venezuela’s money to support his trips all over the world to make himself visible and to hire “celebrities” for their paid endorsement (Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Sean Penn, Danny Glover), to be photographed with them, or to have them make him a movie (Oliver Stone).

All “revolutions” look GREAT when shown to you from a limousine, by staying at the grandest hotel, and when shown the best scenes… Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Sean Penn, Danny Glover never went up to the slums, visited a hospital in poor neigborhoods, walked at night downtown Caracas, or went to the store to find a lack of food on the shelves.

My trips to Venezuela continue to ATTEST the dramatic deterioration of a country under a dictator, a man that has …
– Put hundreds of opponents in prison
– Closed radio and TV stations not supporting his views, and strongly pressured others to modify their programming and fire desident journalists
– has drained Venezuela’s coffers to support terrorism (i.e., FARC), political instability (i.e., Honduras), and presidential candidates that would extend his oppressive, totalitarian views in Latin America (i.e., Evo Morales/Bolivia, Cristina Kirchner/Argentina, Rafael Correa/Ecuador, Noriega/Honduras).
– and more…

Go to Venezuela, EXPERIENCE the “revolution” for several months, and tell me if you still have a big smile on your face like Chavez had on Larry King Live tonight.

Alexa   September 25th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

This is very fair....... let this man tell his side of the story. CNN should have a documentary about Venezuela and what this man has done in ten years that no other president has ever done for this country. "South of the border" it's a great movie. I encorage everyone with an open mind to watch it...

ALFREDO   September 25th, 2009 4:11 pm ET



Yrving T.   September 25th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

I agree with everything "Simon Templar" has said. And I'm Venezuelan.

ALFREDO   September 25th, 2009 4:29 pm ET



shirley pate   September 25th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

Thanks to the Larry King show for inviting Pres. Chavez for an interview. I think in answering Mr. King's questions, Pres. Chavez clearly set the record straight on Venezuela, his leadership, and his relationship with other countries including the US.

Those of us who study Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution know what a stellar success it is in the areas of education and health care. When this is coupled with economic improvements such as lower unemployment and major reductions in poverty that have taken place since Hugo Chavez came to office, it is obvious that opponents of the Revolution including the US government, are fearful of a good example.

Instead of applauding these achievements, the US government spreads fear through innuendo concerning Venezuela's arms purchases and suggests a lax attitude concerning narcotrafficking. Of course, both of these accusations are patently false, but even more, they are hypocritical. Given the US' penchant for perpetual war and lack of interest in resolving drug consumption by Americans, it should be ashamed for uttering such falsehoods about Venezuela.

Once again, thanks to the Larry King show, for allowing President Chavez the opportunity to explain the wonderful things his country is doing for its people.

Astrid   September 25th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Did you really believed all the lies that Chavez said today in your one hour program??? I know that international opinion depends of the benefits can obtain from Venezuela. Chavez is a dictador confesed and he is freind of all the terrorist of the world.....shame for venezuelan people sad to see that is is being interviewed in all that tv shows with a huge more coments

jim carroll   September 25th, 2009 7:51 pm ET


Maria   September 25th, 2009 8:24 pm ET

Mr. King, I am a bit surprised how with your experience your questions should have been more penetrating and you should have questioned his answers, which by the way were lies. Come stay in Venezuela for a few months and see what is really going on. I was shocked to hear that he invests in education and health when 70% of public schools are not apt for classes. Try to imagine listening to classes under trees for lack of classrooms. Ask the poor women what it is like to give birth on sidewalks because hospitals will not accept them because they lack beds and medical equipment. What about the innocent who have been jailed for speaking out against the regime, freedom at its best, oh yes long live socialism! Cuba's revolution, 50 years of oppression hasn't been enough? That is precisely the direction he is taking Venezuela. Wake up America open your eyes to who he is. How could you have allowed him to insult the US?

JIM CARROLL INTERNETFREEPRESS.COM   September 25th, 2009 8:50 pm ET









Dianne   September 25th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Dodie of California- I have worked and lived near people who need help in several states. When the small business and companies work these people many donot make a fair wage. Why is the minimum wage so low that one cannot afford food and housing even though they work hard? Why would the government, senators, congressmen, governors and state representatives allow this? There would be less need for welfare but the campaign contributions from these business help to keep people here. There are millions of real working poor. However, you seem to believe everything is equal. Look beyond the rhetoric about the yaya about people on welfare. I have worked there also. Maybe in California your welfare system pays a great amount, but in most states it doesnot, especially in the south.

Dianne   September 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Chavez is similar to other government leaders. Of course countries make friends with other nations for each benefit. The US has beaten and killed its citizens such as protest against Vietnam and the African Americans fighting for equality for an end to Jim Crow laws and segregation. The US has fought each other, The Civil War which was mainly about slavery. Americans have been jailed for speaking out as mention above. It is not unique to the Venezulean government. Yet, other countries didnot interview and condemn the US for what it the government did to its own people. The US used agent on its own soldiers in Vietnam. Also infected African Americans at Tuskegee University to find a cure for syphilis from 1932 thru 1972. As many illegals come here for rights and work. But if you donot stay and fight for you country, why complain. It is a very sad fact, however, life is lost for standing up and fighting for equality. Let's be careful of condemnation of other countries, because, our history is full of government gone wrong and allowed by its citizens.

Disguste King Fan   September 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Perhaps its because of the delayed translations but the interruptions of Larry ruiined the entire value of what was potentially an intriguing interview.

Casey   September 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Larry after all these years you still haven't learned the most basic fact interviewing. There are two groups of people who will never give you a streight answer, Ayatollahs and Prostitutes. You are waisting your time.

Dianne   September 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Larry let him talk. I am not siding either way. Palestine has suferred because of Germany not for anything Palestine did. For what the allies allowed and have allowed to happen in other countries, has not happen to only Jewish people. What of other peoples pain too? The Allies made Palestine pay for their own guilt. Was that fair?

Carla   September 25th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

I cannot believe all the lies!!!! This guy portraits himself as a good guy that wants the good of his people. I visited Venezuela last year and all his comments about lower poverty percentages and employment rates must come from his twisted mind, the country couldn't be worse state, nothing works, lack of public services, not even mention safety and food production in the country is pretty much nonexistent.It is so sad, that a beautiful country with so much potential to be a great nation is being run by this guy, what's worse he was chosen by people with no education that has being brain washed by this monster.
Freedom of speech is not breaking the law, it is a right that should be respect it. Just because people don't agree with his policies, he shuts them up by closing TV and Radio station.

Joseph Mateus   September 26th, 2009 4:54 am ET

Larry, what Chavez told you about his great health care and educational system as well as reducing poverty in Venezuela is utter is nonsense...the hospitals are in decay, there are insufficient beds and go to the private doctor patients have to pay cash out of their own pockets....his so called universal health insurance doesn't cover doctor visits nor prescriptions. The schools Infrastructure is collapsing, students have to sit outside under a tree for their lessons, and crime is rampant, you don't feel safe anywhere..and also what I found out is that the cheap food that Chavez sells in his tents is of very poor quality, with rotten fish and decaying meats...bugs in the rice and inferior quality pastas imported from half decent Venezuelan would buy food there..Chavez helps the poor alright, by feeding them garbage and dog food....the high quality food are sold only in private supermarkets but because of the rampant inflation due to the dollar black market exchange everything costs at least twice as much in dollars as in the US. but the average Venezuelan salary is about 10 times lower than in the US and Canada. Larry,..before this Chavez regime there was a industrial well off class, a upper middle class, a lower middle class and the poor, but now under his regime all Venezuelans are in dire straits poverty, the only ones getting rich are Chavez, his ministers, governors, mayors and his generals and admirals in the armed forces ....I strongly suggest that you go to Venezuela like I did and find out for yourself what really is going on over there, ...Venezuela is rapidly sinking into oblivion... Chaves national currency the bolivar fuerte is so discredited that no foreign exchange outside Venezuela will trade it..Metallurgic and cement industries, factories and oil refineries have all been expropriated by the Chavez regime...they are all in decay because the socialists that now run them are uneducated don't have a clue how to run businesses....they don't even know how ro run the expropriated farms....general production output is down by more than 50%....several car factories closed their doors and left already, like Ford and GM...and things are getting so bad that now not even the rich government ministers and politicians can get the Mercedes and BMW's they ordered....there is already a huge waiting back log....because these car companies do not want to do any business in Venezuela. Under Chavez is only a matter of time until Venezuela collapses completely....for everybody, and the poor are and will be even more poor and destitute than before the Chavez regime took over...and Chavez continues to give billions in oil money to other leftists regimes in Latin America, instead of using that money to really improve his own country....he says that he is not exporting his revolution, but believe me, this guy is of a very narcissist nature, he is selling cheap oil – an in some cases giving it free – to the likes of Morales, Correa, Krihcner etc who share his same distorted socialistic philosophies, his goal is to see a united socialistic communist Latin America, but he will not succeed, because socialism and communism are failed systems.

gaby   September 26th, 2009 5:32 am ET

Joseph Mateus... Thank you so much for your comments.. That is exactly how it is in Venezuela.. I insist, this men should be in jail.. Other presidents like Carlos Andres Perez went to jail during his regime because of a case of corruption for something like US$200.000... Chavez is using venezuelan money and resources as if it was his own.. You described the whole situation and for that I'm grateful..

g   September 26th, 2009 9:23 am ET

sounds like big oil thumpping the drums again why is the united states enemy,s are the ones that have oil

g   September 26th, 2009 9:31 am ET

americans are so brian washed

Jose   September 26th, 2009 11:39 am ET

THANK YOU, Joseph Mateus (post: September 26th, 2009 4:54 am) for telling it all like it actually IS.

Venezuela, in the past 10 years, UNDER CHAVEZ, has been transformed into a ghost country... It's been very sad for me to see, in my yearly visits to see relatives there, how a beautiful country has been changed into a land with lots of poverty, social and political unrest, terrible educational and health care system, lack of suppies, high inflation, persecution and incarceration of members of the opposition, spying, and more...

There is a historical reason for Chavez to be in power. There were large numbers of poor people in Venezuela. They believed in Chavez, and are now regretting it. This narcissistic, selfish, self-aggrandizing man, his appointed administrators, and fraudulently elected officials have been gradually destroying the infrastructure that could have been used to address social problems. That infrastructure is in worse shape UNDER CHAVEZ and HIS CORRUPT ADMINISTRATORS than with earlier presidents.

Whoever supports this regime is either in horrible denial or getting bribes, as many people are, from Chavez's large INTERNATIONAL CASH FLOW to support his regime.

christian   September 27th, 2009 2:04 pm ET

Chavez is the biggest "loaded weapon". A wolf in sheep's clothing.
How can he LIE like this? Unbelievable, poverty is down?! WHAT in the world is he talking about? There's more poverty now than before. Didn't close TV and radio stations? He's is CENSORING anyone and everyone who has anything to say that he does not favor. Venezuela is no longer what used to be, it's very sad to see such a beautiful country ruined by someone like Chavez. Socialism or Communism will NEVER make Venezuela a better country, in the contrary it will ruin it even more if that's possible. Even if Chavez left now, it would take DECADES to undo the damage he has already done. I almost can't believe CNN would give this CLOWN an hour of prime time TV.
God give the people from Venezuela strength and the will to see them through this.

g   September 27th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

anybody that shuts down corperate corruption and charges 12 cents for a gallon of gas has my vote US corp. hates any goverment that works for the people even its own more propaganda from USA

christian   September 27th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

VENEZUELANS living in that glorious country STAND UP! Chavez needs to be removed from power, and ONLY the Venezuelan people can to do this.

As a citizen of Venezuela living abroad, We'll support from where ever we are in the world.

Maria   September 27th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

Again I write seeing as there are some people who would rather not see the truth. I read above from someone called Carla who wrote that he never said he hates Americans. My goodness where has this woman lived?? He says it all the time. Why don't you ask him about the latest pamphlets given out by them explaining the new education law where there is a drawing of a beast resembling the devil with the American flag and the Globovision logo? If that is not hatred towards the US then what is? The guy is a nut, dementional and very dangerous. Anyone who has the nerve to stand before cameras and lie that way is definitely not well.

Terry, TX   September 28th, 2009 8:57 am ET

Sorry.....I say the schizophrenic Chavz rambling at the UN....sorry I refuse to watch him on Larry King....who is next ..... the defacto leaders of the rabid radical left.....Sean Penn and Oliver Stone

William   September 28th, 2009 11:26 am ET

I just check with several members of my family some comments made on this web page. I have to say there are some of them truly misleading, exaggerated and distorted image about my country. As usual we cannot compress every bit in one single piece, but the Hospitals are fine, there are 9 brand new specialized hospital to be inaugurated soon, like adult heart, kidneys, eyes, etc, well, 9 of them, similar to that one Chavez mentioned about the child heart care. The current platform of 50 hospitals are under reconstruction and refurnished with brand new equipments. By the way, the US government put under pressure Philips Co. to not sell spare parts to Venezuela for those new body scanner that Chavez bough for medical diagnosis. Tricky guys these mates!!

The opposition to Chavez is as usual missing the point entirely. The problem is not Chavez!!, the people have awaked. And this man deliver what he promise, something that we very frequently don't see for these lands.

So for those that are sweating to see him down very down, I recommend take a couple of pills for relaxation and start thinking en politics (in capital letters I mean) and stop watching soup operas, running behind gossips.

One true comment is the street security. There is a huge problem there. The Judiciary system and the police have been overflew by the levels of criminality, as per the Colombian Attorney prisoner, former paramilitary commander, broadcasted by Al Jazeera recently, there are 2500 former paramilitary troops are living in Venezuela and are messing the life of Venezuelan on the streets. Sadly, my family have personal accounts on that.

In my side, long live Chavez! keep focus thinking on betterment of the people, and push the crime out of the streets!!!

Desde la Concordia,Jinotega,Nicaragua   September 28th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Viva Chaves

To the naives   September 29th, 2009 9:23 am ET

We who live in Venezuela and see how the country is destryed, how everyday poverty increases, see this someone so called president insulting to everyone that is not on knees, are surpprised that good persons believe this so called president is doing someting about the poor. In a certain way he does! They are increasing!!! Dear good persons; that is called PROPAGANDA, remember the iron wall, remember the great "achievements" of USSR, DRG, China , Cuba, Zimbawe and so on! 50 or more years and there is nothing!!! Be careful about what you are doing, that is what they want! That people from democratic countries celebrate or applause this monsters to end with your own country! Be aware of this assasins. They come to stay! They use the money from the oil to attack your country, or propaganda to persuade you that they are working for justice, when in these countries there is no justice. They are not presidents, but ownwers, chieves or masters!
Don´t you wonder why they stay in power by means of all fraudulent methods, have no limits, for 50, 40 years and these poor countries still poor, with no health, education, housing, development, no industries, nothing!! While they keep on power saying lies to good persons like you? Don´t you know they think you are stupid?
Have you seen someone trying to escape swiming, or in a rubber boat , or on pieces of wood from the USA to Cuba? Did you see people from West Berlin trying to escape over that "iron wall" to East Germany? Dis you see people from Hong Kong trying to escape to Communist China? Do you see people from Europe trying to escape to Africa? If you like thes guys and think they say the true, and you think they are helping the "poor", Why you don´t come and help by your self? Take care of your country and your democracy, it can dissapear in any moment and you won´t even notice it!

Helies   October 1st, 2009 9:40 am ET

Larry King Live is one of the oldest programs of the North American television and his conductor, one of the most popular interviewers of denominated “talk show”. Larry Zieger, who is his true name, has interviewed to hundreds of celebrities in his 50 years of radial activity and televising and they calculate to him, altogether, 40,000 interviews. Its rank of subjects and personalities is almost infinite, from stars of the sport and the cinema, happening through celebrities of the spectacle, Literature or the fashion, to scientists, psychic, observant of ufos, farsantes prattlings and, by all means, politicians. This last category the made interview entered Chávez recently, or that I think at least, because in fact I do not know in as it will have catalogued it Larry King, in spite of its vast experience.
With his self-confidence of always, del that from time to time was let hear a colloquial “Larry, you know”, in conviction signal, Chávez answered in the form who gave to the desire the questions him of the interviewer, talking about to which it agreed to him when the question was ample, case for example of the purchase from arms to Russia, doing comparisons outside context when the subject was not to him favorable or simply exaggerating or lying on some data in relation to its management of government, as it happened, for example, when Larry asked to him so that having that oil wealth, in Venezuela there was as much poverty
In that type of interviews, it is easy to leave by the tangent being invoked superior intentions, as for example the right to defend or the development of the nuclear energy with scientific aims, or to evade the algid point of the question being spoken of which they did others, as in the case of holocaust Jewish of making reference to holocaust of the American Indians or the Palestinians, committed by the Israelites, and even, changing of subject.
There is way then no to resist the answers at that same moment with the data that denies them or with the facts which it puts them in black and white and when the own interviewer remembers to him that Jimmy Carter, for example, he shows his I disillusion with which is happening in Venezuela, Chávez him answers that the ex- president is missed or confused, since for a long time it has not been visiting Venezuela. It is then, the public, in this case million viewers, the only one who can judge with the elements that she has at sight, who speech with the truth or simply lies or manipulates.
I believe that in the case of Chávez, this last one was clear. But many could believe, because it is Bush, which said Chávez on that the U.S.A. ordered to assassinate it, when the certain thing is here that in Venezuela, that never was the news after the events of the 11 of April of the 2002. What it is difficult to believe for whatever has seen it, even for the first time, that it justifies his alliances, because in policy there are no friendships, with Cuba, Iran, Libya, among others, arguing that cannot be attacked anybody by their ideas and that it Chávez wants to have good relations yet the world.
As if the politics were a cocktail where the communism, the capitalism, the democracy and the tyranny could conjugate and go together of the hand. And what to say on the topic of the possible closing of channels of television, when Chávez answered that there was no closing, but the law was applied.
After the interview everything is easier to deal, Hilary is mistaken and “the world is going to depend on us “….. Larry, you know.
If finally, for Chávez there is two Obamas, I ask myself how many Chávez it(he,she) will have, for the million spectators who saw it this day.

to the naives   October 1st, 2009 9:50 am ET

What about honour Gadaffi and Mugabe with the most important USA condecoration?

William   October 2nd, 2009 7:43 am ET

There is a contemporary revolution and extraordinary experiment in radical democracy and social justice goin on in Venezuela. You may dislike the fact that ordinary people have rejected the savage neo-liberal capitalism that has been imposed the world over. In the west, democracy has been drained of any substantive connection with popular power and accountability over the powerful. In Venezuela, the once marginalised majority have become political actors in a story they have reclaimed from the Venezuelan oligarchy, western business interests and political domination from Washington.

Listen to grassroot Venezuelan people, and you will find a struggle to build a different kind of society where human needs, not profit, are prioritised; a struggle whose outcome has implications for everyone, including insight USA.

So, I don't know what do you care the most, but in my point of view, this is pure telluric energy! We are not witnessing a time of changes, this is truly a change of time! Change of Era!

gaby   October 2nd, 2009 8:37 am ET

William.. you are working for the government of Chavez ..
Chavez is a delincuent and should be in jail together with all his ministers and advisers..
Venezuela has deteriorate to an extreme situation and no words and explanations can go against that..

William   October 2nd, 2009 9:08 am ET


Typical reply from an obtuse opposition, unable to accept that there are positive outcomes from Chavez administration.... there are many words to say against your absolutism: "Venezuela has deteriorate to an extreme situation". But, I have to work right now and I don't have the time to write 100 pages of good arguments to demonstrate it. Fortunately, I don't need money to use my freedom of thinking, as some opposition to Chavez keep themselves in continual denial.

Of course, Chavez's is not a perfect government, no one is, but his achievements are remarkable comparing with 10 or 20 years ago, and we don't need your agreement to see that. What we need is your loyalty to Venezuelan people and see the area of improvements that are still remaining. Your critic to his government deserve respect, as my opinion in his favor. So please, read and think more and react less. We have enough fascism in this world already.

Have a nice day Gaby!

Jose   October 2nd, 2009 9:30 am ET

– Current repression of the media (including the closing of both radio and TV stations which voice their opposition to Chavez's policies and abuse),
– Total control of the government 's administration by Chavez
– Repression of political rallies against Chavez
– Large numbers of Cuban army members placed in the Venezuelan army for spying
– Total control of the electoral system by Chavez

These are many of the factors that make it very DIFFICULT for the Venezuelan people to have a fair government and fair elections... Whoever denies this reality is in denial and hasn't experienced the truth of what living in Venezuela has been for ten years of Chavez's repressive, abusive, and corrupt government.

to the naives   October 4th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

To William:
Go and make these "extraordinary experiment" in your country and with your family!
Even animas have protection about "non fair" experiments... That´s what you tihnk about us latin americans, we are almost animals , good to experiment with!
Hitler experiment was so extraordinary too!!!
And the answers ti gaby as "tipical " is really "extraordinary"!!!

to the naives   October 4th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

Ah! He doesn´t hate americans, he just envy you!

gaby   October 5th, 2009 3:29 am ET

I'm so glad somebody (to the naives) has answerd William on his reply..
Asking for respect and at the same time using words like obtuse its indeed something "typical" of the followers of Chavez..
There is this thing about turning and twisting things around .. "the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good " This is the bizzare world venezuelans have learned in the last 10 years. Suddenly everything we were and beleive was question and twisted around by a leader who shows resentment in every move he makes and YES, YES Venezuela has deteriorate to the extreme and I don't have to read too much to see that, I just have to listen a little.. please not too much to the words of the president on his sunday program and its enough for me to understand that our beautiful country is taken and kidnapped by delincuents who have no more interest than power and money, manipulating and twisting the truth.. and you know William?
It's so deteriorate that while I'm sitting here writting to you, there is so much going on outthere.. Students on a hungerstrike, demonstrations of all kinds and all this political nonstop hustle we have been obliged
to live..
So please... this revolution of the 21th century and all this fantastic stories of how it should be different... ITS WORST AND ITS VULGAR! and the world knows it and YOU know it too..

Have a good dat William..

gaby   October 5th, 2009 3:33 am ET


William   October 5th, 2009 6:35 am ET

Dear Gaby,

Finally, we are moving one tiny step in the right direction: dialog, hopefully a democratic one. I'm sorry if my words offend you, at least the same way I felt when you construct your argument against mine. If you are able to considerer my opinions, then your are not so obtuse as other members of the Venezuelan opposition. You had said "this political nonstop hustle we have been obliged to live", and you are right, but think on this principle, there are no way how Chavez can gain more than the opposition allows him to obtain.

I agree with you, the revolution seems vulgar, but I have a dual approach on that, it's itself a positive and a negative. In the Venezuelan past, the "Beauty Queen" culture made us frivolous people, a bit light-hearted and soft-minded, as well as the "good taste" was used as social mark to distinguish (and discriminate) the right people from the "wrong" ones. The seeds, as you may know, of resentment. Now the situation is in the other way around, the lack of refinanced esthetics seems to push resentment in many people that are very proud of their beauty assets. The value-code turn around has challenged the definition of identity, and that is traumatizing lots of people. The positive side is a full reconstruction, recognition and acceptance of a new inclusive esthetic value, that is revolutionary in my point of view. However, that new cosmovision will be uncompleted if you are not included.

There are so many mistakes done by the traditional political parties in Venezuela, that I think they are hopeless. One of biggest is when they abandoned our National Assembly. Please, don't do as they did.

Now what to do, simple, go and construct a real alternative, honest, genuine, that acknowledge the achievements of Chavez and explore better solution for the obvious gaps remaining in the National Project.

Work hard, harder than Chavez. Solve problems, read, study, think and work with a sense of service for your community at your heart. Then you will have more moral than any to challenge Chavez.

Have a lovely week Gaby

William   October 5th, 2009 7:43 am ET

Jose and Naïve,

You have said "Total control of the government’s administration by Chavez", I noticed that you prefer the idea that government's administration is controlled by the opposition, then why should we call then "opposition" if they are in fact in charge of the government. What you want is keep always your happy hands on the budget, as Accion Democratica and Copey did in the past. If you want is accountability, then go to the National Assembly and not abandon your duty in front of the country.

You statement: "Repression of political rallies against Chavez", never in my live I have witnessed more rallies in Venezuela that in Chavez period, in his favor and against him, and the number of student gun-shut are zero!!, nothing similar to the previous decades, when make a protest on the street was extremely dangerous, because the police were used to happy shot-down students. Do you remember Domingo Salazar, in Merida?, for sure not. But don't misunderstand me, our student have the right to protest for all the reason they considerer valid, but without destruction of the private property, and less the public property. You both may agree with me that is very easy pretend to be a hero in front of a government that have a deep conviction about the respect of human beings.

Each time the opposition scam the Army Forces looking for a traitor and end finding nobody, they came out with fantastic histories of Cuban spies.

You have to be a cleaver person, please, your statement "Total control of the electoral system by Chavez" seems to me outrageous. You have claim fraud but never, never show the evidences (I am still waiting the black swan), your have won a referendum with the very same system, and you conveniently forgot it, you have won several regional governments and won several local governments with the very same electoral system, and you can't win a fair election against Chavez. Please, don't behave like losers. You have a lot in your side, go and convince the Venezuelan people that you are better than Chavez, but if you can't, accept it!!

This “extraordinary experiment” has helped many people in my family. That's why I can say it's working. An uncle learnt how read, another received a timely credit and technical assistant for his little farm, my brothers have affordable credit to buy a car and a house, my sister launch her own business and is doing very well, my grandparents FINNALLY receive a decent pension. As I said before, it's not perfect, the criminality on the street is a concern, but because Chavez whatever he tackle, he resolved, I hope the new National Police, the new Security University and the new philosophy for inmates really sort this problem out.

You are you, so what I can do? What we can do? I support Chavez because he delivers solutions and constructs a new world for all of us. Ask, demand to your "leaders": stop plotting another coup, stick to the democratic rules, and you will gain respect from the community.

Be loyal to Venezuela, don't play dirty games again.

to the naives   October 5th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

We know that in Europe, or in the USA there is a lot of misinformation,(Remember the oil money pays propaganda,”activists” or film makers), besides that “romantic” vision of Latin America.
Our perception is that many Europeans and Americans think is “in” to be leftist, that it is so interesting to see this “processes”, but, from the comfort and safeness of your own home, city, country… after all Latin America is very far away!
For example we can’t believe that there are good people in Europe or in the USA that finances the FARC, because they believe that the FARC are fighting against a dictatorship, ignoring that Colombia is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America, that the FARC and all other guerrillas groups are criminals that place mines that take lives and legs from the farmers, that they are drug trailers… kidnappers, criminals, assassins…. that the 99% of the people of Colombia are tired of this situation and wants peace, democracy and prosperity....
We can’t believe that today, educated people still look at Che Guevara as a hero, (a commercial merchandise obviously is), because now, is well known he was an assassin, a murderer, such as Fidel who had no doubts to send any “enemy” to execution!
Just think for how long any European country or the United States would stand something like that, or what the Soviet Union was!
Nobody seemed to like Bush, but now he’s gone! You did not have to wait 10 or 15 years or we don’t know how many more because he changes the rules every moment!
For us, the first problem is that this is not a government, is only a ruler... besides so many elections, (we are so tired of too many elections), (Oh! That’s democracy! they say...) 14 elections in 10 years. That’s why the country doesn’t improve: they don’t work! They are always in campaign! And they do elections whenever they want! The last referendum from February 15 is absolutely illegal, because of the time, the lapses, the rules and especially because the people said NO already a year ago.
Stopping the president from getting re-elected again and again is a healthy method to prevent dictatorships (even though Chavez probably would never call himself that.)
But after the majority said NO, this "democrat" said: "The NO won by now, but I’ll find another way”, imposing and enforcing the laws we rejected, to increase his power and control of the country.
Remember he tried to do a coup d'état, a government strike in the 90’s, and he failed, he understood this country believes in democracy, and then used the mechanisms of democracy to get the power and destroy the democracy, and this is not a secret, it is written in any "revolutionary" writing. Who is the golpista?
I believe that today, in a developed European country or in the USA, this wouldn’t happen,( it did happen with Hitler, who was elected by votes, which gave him, as it happens now in this poor country, a varnish of legacy).
But today, nobody would ever accept someone who acts as if he is the owner of a country with insulting and abusive control of the country, congress, judges, etc., besides the offenses and the rude and gross language, besides the violation to human rights, and the violation of the constitution, flexible laws for his own convenience, and very strict for the others, the worst corruption ever, lies, iniquity; injustice, vileness everywhere and the spending and waste of the nation money in gifts to his "friends" or weapons ( For what?), while a lot of people here , after 10 years, still very poor: no housing, no schools, no medical assistance, no work, no money , no food!
They would say: "The poor now have hopes with this revolution", only hope is what they’ve got! as Cubans have had for 50 years!.... several generations lost!... and nothing better has happened, same poverty, same controls and prohibitions, only submission, lack of liberty, no improvement, besides lack of any kind of goods and controls and controls, that is power over the people not power of people.
Just take a look of the last 50 years in your country, or 10 years? Do you think your country and you could be where you are today with that kind of regime?
This regime starts constructions like the central states train, besides it blocks any growing for the highway, is completely abandoned.
This regime takes fabrics and properties to destroy them. Now everything is imported from food to shoes to machinery even gasoline from Brazil!
Imagine what can be done in 10 years with millions and millions of $$$$: Viaduct Millau 36 months, Empire State Building 16 months in 1930!!! Brasilia , a whole city 4 years!!!!
For example During the 5 years of the Raul Leoni Government
carried out major infrastructure projects, specifically in the development of basic industries in Guyana, including hydroelectric and steel industry. The main works in this field were built: the first stage of the Guri Dam and the expansion of power stations in La Cabrera, The Brunettes, The Cold and Punto Fijo. It also inaugurated transmission systems, interconnected and diesel units throughout the country. It created the state company CVG Siderurgica del Orinoco CA (SIDOR), and is entrusted with the operation of the existing facility.
He got the first production aluminum plant in Guiana, Alcasa. It extends the Moron petrochemical plant (destroyed today) and started the construction of the petrochemical plant in El Tablazo.
Were built 2569 km of roads, was rebuilt 1424 km, 3298 km are paved, be resurfaced and upgraded 3032 km 1959 km national road network increased from 28,198 km in length in 1963 to 37,511 km in 1968.
Among the road infrastructure works include: the first suspension bridge over the Orinoco River, known as Angostura Bridge International Bridge and José Antonio Páez. The state highway Puerto Cabello and Valencia-Car-Tejerías Interstate. The urban freeways: Avenida Libertador, Maracaibo, San Francisco, El Valle-Coche, Barcelona-Puerto La Cruz-glove, the Vendor and its branch Spider to cars. Roads: Ciudad Bolivar and Ciudad Piar Barinas-La Pedrera and the branch road: San Fernando de Apure-Achaguas Upata "The lard, Clove-El Guapo and Guanta-Cumana, Altos de Santa Fe several other highways, roads and urban roads.
Campuses were built 929 public elementary or secondary education. School enrollment increased from 1.6 million in 1963 to over 2 million in 1968. For the first time illiteracy was below 20% of the total Venezuelan population.
They were built nearly 154 thousand homes and more than a dozen hospitals, plus several remodeled or expanded. This will put into operation 4277 beds in general hospitals and special and able to reduce the infant mortality rate up to 41.6 in 1968, when in 1958 the rate was 64.4.
It began the construction of large works such as Central Park Complex and the Metro de Caracas.
It created the Children's Foundation, the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts (INCIBA) and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos.
God! We are talking about 45, 40 years ago!!!
This “chief” has spent several times the amount of money Europe received for it’s rebuilt… Just look where was Europe after 10 years!!!!
I wonder where are the thieves?
Violence, discrimination, exclusion, expropriations, invasions, nationalizations, militarization, forces of shock organized, armed and priced, more and more laws and controls are paving the road to communism.

They talk about the poor, but every day the poor are more and more... communism needs the poor to survive as Winston Churchill said: “Communism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
We, who are about a half of the country, as it is not a coincidence, middle class, educated people, sons and daughters of the democratic years, know the road is long, because communism always arrives to stay!
The fight is long and unfair; they have the power, the money, the weapons, and “prêt a porter” laws.
Remember in the name of the “poor” what they achieve is poor countries!!!
We hope we can be able to take this country to democracy, justice and prosperity, things that comunism never brought only millions of deaths!

to the naives   October 5th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

“Communism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
Winston Churchill

to the naives   October 5th, 2009 6:42 pm ET

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
Hannah Arendt (1906 – 1975)

to the naives   October 5th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), 'Out of My Later Years,' 1950

to the naives   October 5th, 2009 6:47 pm ET

The right to vote is a *consequence*, not a primary cause, of a free social system - and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny.

Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)

to the naives   October 5th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

"The Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals ... it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government ... it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government."
Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)

William   October 6th, 2009 6:17 am ET


I like very much the quality of your reply, it's clear that you at least read. A tiny light from the opposition, please keep doing so.

I agree with you that is unfair to dump in the trash bin those achievements obtained by the first period of our democracy, especially all the infrastructures you have mention, it is as unfair as deny the achievement of the Revolution. You have been very selective, you avoid to mention the last period of those 40 years, you avoid in purpose to mention the disaster that brought the governments of Carlos Andres Peres I, Luis Herrera Campis, Jaime Lusinchi + Blanca Ibañez, Carlos Andres Peres II, and Rafael Caldera. Many of the reasons why Chavez is in power and many of the reasons why the opposition are lost in clouds of ghosts are rooted in those years. The ramp culture of monster corruption was nurtured during those years, and we all – Chavez included – have to deal with that. During those year Venezuela received the quantity of money equivalent to 32 "Plan Marshall", and at the end of that period we didn't have 32 Europe's in Venezuela.

But fair enough, Chavez have received much money too, but the outcome is enormously different. The health system and the education system have increased its capacity more than five folds. After the economic sabotage lead by the opposition, our economy have been in continual growth (6-10% annual), even in the middle of global economic burst, it will growth by 0.5%. The international map is really changed thanks to the hard work of the Revolution. Nothing bad in just 10 years, isn't it?

The corruption is a very deep problem, but what we need is a strong an fair judicial system, not an opposition asking for forgiveness without trail, and immunity treatments for "their" common criminals.

You quoted "The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution." You are very right, that's why Chavez called for a Perpetual Revolution, and that is why the youth have a key role to play, your sons and daughters are welcome to keep pushing the frontier of paradigms.

Winston Churchill is an enormous figure in war time, but he was immediately kid out from office in time of peace, because of his irrational view of the welfare of the British people. So don't be so naïve to stick to his view. Nobody wants a poor society, the objective is a fair society, that all the wealth and benefits produced reach everybody in equal conditions. Margaret Thatcher said that "there is no wealth to distribute if there is not wealth produced", but after years of neoliberalism we (you and me) witnessed huge fortunes piled in one side and devastating misery in the other side, no connection between those two sides. What Chavez have done is a bridge between them. We need to produce wealth, but is imperative to distribute this wealth and do it immediately. But not in the all fashion way where the State was a traffic light in the middle, what the Revolution is heading to is a new social system where the production of wealth have an objective: human beings satisfaction. Economic units interconnected, with much self government as possible.

You know that the current economic system with perpetual and hyperbolic growth is unsustainable. The planet is exhausted. We are force to rethink the way we behave, and the Revolution has produced an alternative. What about yours?

to the naives   October 6th, 2009 9:22 am ET

Oh William! Oh should I say "Thanks professor! I´ll keep studying"!
Yes,I´m doing well, because my education comes from the democracy YES! I went to public schools, and public high schools, and public universities! And by the way, they were FREE! Does some one graduating from one of the universities for the poors or Poor Universities could write few lines without errors or repeating same slogans? What a shame! pPoor education for the poors! The wildest discrimination!
And why you talk about ghosts???? When you keep talking about how bad was the past!!!! The last president from Acción Democrática was elected in 1988!!!! More than 20 years ago!! That is your ghost, and you are scared yet!!! Or 10 years of "revolution" are not enough to end with corruption? YOU KNOW , corruption now is so much worst?
What new social sistem? With the worst of the society?
Otherwise they wouldn´t be friends with such criminals, assasins as Mugabe, Gadaffi or Fidel Castro!!
Sorry, William, but you are lying!

William   October 6th, 2009 11:22 am ET


You're welcome!

You have mentioned that you came from a public and free university, me either, that is the way it should be because the education is a human right and not a privilege. what I want is full access to all levels for everyone that want to study hard. But you may know that the opposition is against that. An evidence can be see in the UCV and its regimen of exclusion in the access to that university, with a privatization process going on under its university's autonomy. The opposition are mistreating the young people that are getting access to the new universities recently open by Chavez, and you have done exactly the same, with the argument that they are Poor Universities for poor people, staging the flag of a "bad quality education" on to of them.

The time will made a clear evidence of the quality that they are receiving. Mean while, they are the next generation that deserve respect for their efforts and their aspiration in life, you can not, you must not dismiss them. Ask yourself the question: Can we score as final the education that is in continuum improvement? Can we stop the access to those who need it most? For sure you know that the education is the key element for social mobility, why should we closed their opportunities? if you are really worried about the quality? go and help!!, don't lay yourself in the front kerb spiting on them.

The opposition are so bitterly hating Chavez, that they lost a minimum level of prudence. How cruel is your statement!! That's why you are unfit to rule a nation. Please, first get a bit of sensibleness, but I don't know where.

1988 was a year before the "Caracazo", that President, Carlos Andres Perez, is a criminal, and have to be in jail again, with the General in command on that massacre. There are 20 year now and we are still waiting justice, that is why the corruption problem is so big, because people like you is unable to agree with me that impunity affect everybody. Each time the opposition asks special favors for their criminals, the Justice itself is bankrupted. So, if you want to see a clear reduction in corruption, then commit yourself to the rule of law, without favoritisms. Then you will see the most beautiful country on earth, VENEZUELA!!

Do you really think I am lying? or are you getting obtuse again.

Jose   October 6th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

There is a historical reason that supported the election of Chavez. Many people were tired of the rampant corruption, elitism, and class discrimination in Venezuela, among some of the reasons. People believed in Chavez's message.

However, very large numbers of those people regret it. The country is in worse shape than when Accion Democratica and Copei took turns at the Presidency. Sadly, many of those people don't attend opposition political rallies or voice their opposition to Chavez for fear of persecution, losing their jobs, and, worse, being murdered. Chavez-financed/armed paramilitary terrorize and harm Venezuelans these days

The class divide, corruption, crime, and overall dramatic weakening of standards of living are some of the present problems that contributed to critically undermined life in Venezuela.

People have been leaving a quickly deteriorating country in masses legally and illegally. In fact, what's VERY INTERESTING (and further proof of the steady decline of the country) is the large amounts of money that even political allies of Chavez's have deposited in foreign banks (look up Andorra and Chavez on Google, as an example). True, earlier politicians from AD and Copei also did it. However, you could still feel could live in Venezuela without the fears people now have.

Chavez once said "Ser rico es malo" (Being wealthy is a bad thing). Interestingly, he is surrounded by corrupt individuals sending their money to foreign banks in large amounts.

I did go to public school in Venezuela. Venezuela similarly supported my college and graduate studies. I came from a very poor neighborhood and worked very hard. My efforts were supported by scholarships. Today, I continue to support my mother because she cannot afford healthcare and her daily sustenance. She lives in a working class neigborhood. In fact, crime has escalated where she lives, and the new thing is people stealing from her porch and backyard, even electrical appliances like washers, fans, and gas pumps. It's happening all over her town. I'm still waiting for Chavez's much advertised improvements and help to the poor to reach my mother's town in Venezuela.

It's easy to promote a Revolution (Robolution, as it's been identified by many) from the comfort of your well-stocked home. Lip service and Venezuela's current realities are in vast contradiction when Chavez's supporters speak. I continue to see a country in steady economic, political, and social decline everytime I visit Caracas and the interior of the country... I wonder if Venezuelans, given a fair, non-fraudulent electoral system, would side with the political rhetoric advanced by people living in denial.

to william   October 6th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

In 10 years why this regime hasn´t made justice about Carlos andres Pérez? Only bla bala bla ! Perú has done against Fujimori! Chile did about Pinochet! USA did about Nixon! The world did about the nazis!
What impunity are you talking about? Having many many examples right now in our poor country!
The word "opposition" you use as a dress that fits everybody means : not one way of thinking, means the right to don´t like this regime, means freedom to think and believe and say it!
You on purpose misunderstood my words saying a lie, again!, saying that I´m laying or spitting the poor! Saying that I am cruel or have no prudence. or have no sensibleness!!!! Wow!!!! I´ve been working to help the poor for my whole life! Have you? You are saying I am mistreating the poor people, or that I think my good education is a privilege! Of course it is! For anyone in the world who has education! It is a privilege my country gave to me and to thounsands and thousands of young people that their families wouldn´t afford the costs of their education! I come from a humble family! Where do you think the professionals and middle class come from in Venezuela?
They are the daughters and sons of those venezuelans that left the fields to the cities looking for a better future for their familiies or they are the daughters and sons of thousands and thousands of poor inmigrants, that left behind their poor and devastated countries looking for a better future... In Venezuela!!! And they did !! Until now, that their lands , properties or fabrics are beeing expropiated or confiscated or invaded! Fair No? Now they think: 60 years of work to give my descendants: A PASSPORT!!!
Who was rich in Venezuela 60 years ago?
That is very "tipical" of the chavistas": insulting, lying, all your arguments are adjectives, And you know it!!
And I say it again poor education for the poor! That is exclusion! That is discrimination! That is cruel! That is lying!
In 10 years a good government could have done a lot! This regime only steal and lye!
Sorry again , but you are lying and you know it!!!

to william   October 6th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

Oh! I forgot you called obtuse too!!!
Another adjective!!
Where are the arguments?
Just make a list of:
How many Km of paved roads have been built?
How many NEW schools?
How many NEW hospitals? ( No more "ranchos" like "barrio Adentro", but hospitals!)
How many more acres of cultivated land?
How many more houses?
How many NEW parks?
How many NEW airports?
How many NEW ports?
How many more oil barrells are beeing produced?
How many more industries? or maybe How many LESS industries?
How many more "riches"?
Facts not statistics, because I am so obtuse I don´t undersatand!!!

to all   October 6th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

By the way, the biggest crimes of Carlos Andres Perez , and that is why should be in jail!!! is one : the Young Orchestras Sistem, ( Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles), where Dudamel comes from, and two: the Scholarship Plan "Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho" that gave 3º and 4º level degrees in tecnological and science areas to more than 40000 (fourty thounsand) venezuelan students in the best universities of the world!!

William   October 6th, 2009 6:40 pm ET


You are still Naïve, even if you change your log. Unless you can be proud of a name.

The Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra of the Venezuelan Youth and the whole El Sistema is so so important that is nasty to take them into a game: "that is mine, it's mine and not yours, it is only mine". Even worse take away the credit that belongs to Maestro Abreu, who really put every effort into it to make it works, and hang the medal in the neck of Carlos Andres Perez, as you pretend. I don't dismiss the contribution of Carlos Andres Perez, he gave the initial launch, and all the government in 35 years have fulfill their responsibility to sustain El Sistema. However, you are reluctant to recognize that Chavez is expanding and increasing its scope to everywhere, nationally and internationally. Do you know that El Sistema is going to help inmates in jail, to find a new way of life? President Chavez and Maestro Abreu are helping inmates to obtain indults from their sentences, if they commit themselves and re-socialize through music. Are you ready to recognize that? I hope yes, you would be able.

The Gran Mariscal Scholarships are free again!!. For those who were in big debts just starting their professional life, were condoned, that is because the old parties privatized its regimen, giving heavy loans and not Scholarships. Always thinking in keeping privileges.

I felt a bit ashamed with your reaction around my demand of respect for the young people going into the new universities recently open by Chavez. I think you are sorry to say what you said, but you want to keep straight without consent on my opinion. That is understandable, but unacceptable. You have said right when you mentioned that everybody is coming from the humble working class, that everybody is doing very hard work to obtain a property, but unfortunately the middle class seems to forgot that in some point and, as you say, the education have to remain as a privilege because is costly. I figure: "Now I am here, closed the door please". If you insist on "poor education for the poor" What do you proposed? Close the new universities; increase the capacity of the existing ones with their current hostility to any real solution; or improve the education on the new universities. What is the opposition proposal? Any idea have to included those half a million young people recently registered by Chavez. They deserve a future, no put them off again, as some newly elected opposition's governors intend to do.

I share your frustration with our Judicial System. No just the street crimes, the corruption will drain any achievement obtained by the Revolution. In that respect the opposition is as responsible as the government. The opposition insist in discharge upon Chavez all responsibility. How do you dear to talk about separation of power when you are not doing your job, because you abandoned the National Assembly.

I fancy your statement:
"The word "opposition" you use as a dress that fits everybody means: not one way of thinking, means the right to don't like this regime, means freedom to think and believe and say it!"
That is excellent but you forgot to mention that opposition means loyalty to Venezuela, be responsible for their action, respect to democracy, shadow the government in the wide interest of the people. You still fail to assume that being opposition means more than being argumentative. Some day you will see how desperate we are for a substantive opposition.

I wonder, are you ready for that or you will take a while?

to all , yes the naives too   October 6th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Thank you Larry!!!

William   October 7th, 2009 7:50 am ET


Are you giving up? if we are just starting! Ok, walk away, but don't came tomorrow with hysteric parodies like Larry King is chavista, or this CNN web page is fraudulent, or you never said what you said, or I do not exist, as the opposition's leaders usually do.

That is why I am terrible sad with the Venezuelan opposition. They are not responsible for the past, they are not responsible for the present and they don't want to share responsibility for the future. They rather run in circles in an hysteric anticommunist McCartysm. The Venezuelan opposition seems to me like lost in a foggy crossroad: they don't know where they come from and where to go. How they pretend rule my country!! Their meetings are like a sac of cats, each of them blaming each other. Even the opposition' student movement need marketing publicity agencies to prepare their speeches, as was the case in front of our National Assembly.

Long live Chavez! and God help us with the opposition!

me   October 8th, 2009 5:52 pm ET

Where are the gifts and presents?
If we ignore the millions who cost Venezuela's meeting dictators, and aspirants, recently held in Margarita, the big party of the protocol ends with "gifts" to guests leads us to formulate a question that rarely gets in the fore: Where are the gifts that make the host countries to our President every time he goes on a trip? Because if my dear readers do not, in the laws of all countries, from Venezuela to the rigid rules at Yankee Empire, through the China-savage capitalist-communist-Confucian, gifts that are made to officials a country that will have fun abroad do not belong to these but should be incorporated into the national heritage, and in the case of the man who governs our destination, the trips have been so many that what their colleagues have given at least should have to cover the plane and the entourage accompanying him, without taking into account what has been given to ministers and other senior officials.

An honest defender of the President's right to pocket whatever they pay him, either because they really liked any gifts or just because it feels like it could have several arguments to customize the gifts and avoid embezzlement trial, so I could say that he not travel for work but leave early, or that just makes speeches to end the poverty that plagues the world, or is their way of weakening U.S. imperialism, but so unusual considering the amount of displacement and information people have of the existence of the gifts you have given, there are three questions that require immediate response, or at least some occurrence of Diosdado: Why not publish the full list of gifts received by the President and senior officials? Why not have been sent to the vaults of the BCV are of gold and precious metals? What is not in the national gallery of art? Why Finance Minister not used to lower the debt? To prevent a popular revolt starts asking clarifying and then say it is for subversive purposes, we ask that publishes the list of goods received on each trip and to determine the value of each in order to know how much we have when sell the country's assets to pay benefits to the public.
And do not bother, President, do not think that is something personal against him to stay with something they gave, we know that his salary is too much for so many commitments and deserves a little compensation, but if you want to stay then increase the number of absences and less so you can share with us some gifts.
Otrova Gomas

William   October 12th, 2009 10:54 am ET

Dear me – or should I say dear Jai, or both or in the other way around,

You said "in the laws of all countries, from Venezuela to the rigid rules at Yankee Empire,....., gifts that are made to officials a country that will have fun abroad do not belong to these but should be incorporated into the national heritage". I wonder if Obama have to pass his Nobel prize (money + medal) into the US treasury. If Obama doesn't, why should Chavez does it.

The ASA Presidential meeting held in Margarita Island, gathered 9 presidents from South America and 15 or more presidents and leaders from Africa. Your description as "Venezuela’s meeting dictators, and aspirants, recently held in Margarita" seems insulating to all of them. Are you talking about Lula da Silva? If you are so careless about the importance of this meeting, diverting the attention from the medullar into the cosmetic, what can we wait for other less crucial subjects.

However, the recognitions received by Chavez are personal distinctions and is up to him to donate those for the National Heritage, by the way some of them are already there, and I am certain, the remaining items will be part of the very valuable Venezuela's history. I am sure you defend the private property, why are you inconsistent in this case, or are you more keen for expropriations.

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