In his first press conference since launching his reelection bid, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez vowed to win the Oct. 7 race and said he had fully recovered from an undisclosed form of cancer. Chávez also accused the opposition of trying to undermine the election and called rival Henrique Capriles a political lightweight.
Dressed in a blue jacket and red shirt, Chávez sounded energetic as he told anecdotes and joked with reporters for almost four hours. Asked about his health, Chávez said that it had been eight weeks since finishing his last radiation session in Cuba and that he started jogging again on Sunday.“I’ll be ready to play baseball soon,” he said. When reporters asked if he was free of cancer, he said “I’m totally free.”The 57-year-old socialist has been battling cancer for more than a year, and relapsed in February after claiming he was cured.