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Robertson's Statement

By: AP
By: AP

Venezuela's vice president says Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez is a "criminal statement."

Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel says Venezuela is studying its legal options. He also says Washington's response will test the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policy.

The Venezuelan official says "it's huge hypocrisy" to take a stand against terrorism amid what he calls "terrorist statements like those."

Robertson yesterday said the U.S. is able to "take out" Chavez and "the time has come that we exercise that ability." The religious broadcaster also told viewers that Chavez threatens the U.S. with communism and Muslim extremism.

State Department distances itself from Robertson

The State Department doesn't want any part of Pat Robertson's comments on Venezuela.

Spokesman Sean McCormack today said Robertson's statements calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez were "inappropriate." He says the department does not share Robertson's view.

There's been no comment from Chavez, who is wrapping up a trip to Cuba.

Earlier today, Venezuela's vice president said Robertson's call was a "criminal" and "terrorist" statement.

Robertson yesterday said the U.S. is able to "take out" Chavez and "the time has come that we exercise that ability." The religious broadcaster also told viewers that Chavez threatens the U.S. with communism and Muslim extremism.


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