8 July 2012
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela formally began his electoral campaign for the October 7 elections this past July 1, with a caravan that left Plaza Bolívar in Mariara, state of Carabobo, and covered 18 kilometers to Avenida Constitución in Maracay, capital of Aragua state, surrounded by people throughout its tour.
"After 200 years, we have recovered national independence and we can never again allow it to be lost," Chávez affirmed on his arrival in Aragua, the AVN TV network reported.
"Here in Venezuela what is also at stake in many ways is the future of humanity between capitalism or socialism," he affirmed.
"In the next 100 days, the next 100 years of the country is going to be decided… a revolution is not measured in one year or in a decade, it is measured by centuries. We can reach the point of making a genuine revolution, with independence and national power."
In relation to these last two aspects, both contained in his 2013-2019 government program, the Venezuelan leader stated that everything is at stake on October 7. "I ask God to continue giving the Venezuelan people more awareness, faith and cohesion so that we can attain the victory which will open the horizons to the next 100 years in Venezuela."
He called on supporters of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fully utilize the coming 100 days and nights to reach the ceiling of 10 million votes, 10 million hearts and 10 million consciences.
In reference to the constant attacks to which he is subjected by the bourgeoisie, he maintained that they have not understood and will never understand that. "Chávez is no longer just me, Chávez is the people, Chávez is millions, Chávez is children, women (…), Chávez is not me, Chávez is the people undefeated."