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White House Spokesman Avoids Obama's Chavez Comment

3:57 PM, Jul 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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White House spokesman Jay Carney avoided talking about President Obama's comments on Hugo Chavez, saying that he hasn't "read it."

REPORTER: "In what way is Hugo Chavez’s government in Venezuela not a serious security threat to the U.S.?"

CARNEY: "You know, I’m going to have to refer you to the State Department on that. I saw that story before I came out, but I didn’t read it. So I don’t know."

Here's Obama's controversial comment on Chavez:

 "We're always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe. But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us. We have to be vigilant. My main concern when it comes to Venezuela is having the Venezuelan people have a voice in their affairs, and that you end up ultimately having fair and free elections, which we don't always see."

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