On the third and final day of CPAC, Representative (FL) Connie Mack spent his time on the stage denouncing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Calling Chavez the Western equivalent of “ Osama Bin Laden and [Iranian President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” Mack asked for America to stand up the Venezuelan leader.
Mack specifically called out Chavez for his attacks on the internet. Mack has been a fierce opponent of both the Internet “kill switch” proposed by Senator Joseph Lieberman and FCC proposals of net neutrality.
Mack pointed out Chavez's close relationship with Iran, and called for Iranian style sanctions against Venezuela saying if “Chavez wants to have relations with Iran, then they can be treated like Iran.” Mack also made claims that Iran is using Venezuela to create safe houses for Hamas and Hezbollah and that both Iran and Venezuela are guilty of trying to use oil money to turn Mexico into a Socialist nation. Such a move, Mack claims, would allow for terrorists to cross the Mexican border in the United States. Venezuela currently enjoys a close relationship with Iran.
To finish up his speech, Mack called for audience members to boycott CITGO (the Venezuelan state-owned refiner) and for America to start a campaign to let the people of Venezuela know “that we are on their side.”