Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday lashed out at U.S. President George W. Bush, saying he had been attempting to oust him by using every possible means.
Bush had told his followers, including some assassins, that they could do whatever was effectual to remove him from office, said Chavez at a campaign rally on Sunday.
He added that Bush had expressed his intention to see him ousted before his term as U.S. president expired.
Chavez vowed to win the Dec. 3 elections and resume his tenure until 2021. He was reelected in 2000 for a six-year term following his first election in 1998.
On Sept. 23, Chavez, speaking before the UN General Assembly, called Bush the "devil," a "liar" and a "tyrant" at the same podium where Bush stood the day before.
U.S.-Venezuela tensions have been escalating over the past year, and Chavez has increased his anti-U.S. rhetoric.