"Chavez brought forward the historic liberation of Latin America, which has proven destructive to the rich oligarchy."
"Any claim that Chávez had suppressed press freedom is a bit of a joke"
"Chavez did incredible things for the 80% of the people that are very poor there."
"Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of vice president Nicolas Maduro"
"There is no evidence that Venezuela poses a threat to the United States, Chávez should be praised for his focus on foreign debt, debt relief, and free and fair trade to overcome years of structural disorder, unnecessary military spending, [and] land reform."
"Hugo fed the hungry. He lifted the poor. He raised their hopes. He helped them realize their dreams. And, so, today we do mourn, because we've lost a lot. But we have a lot left a stable government, an orderly transition,"
""Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appears to have had success in bringing health and education to the people in the poor neighbourhoods of Caracas."
"It is not only important to have sustainable growth, but to ensure the best distribution of economic growth, for the benefit of all citizens."
-Joseph Stiglitz (Hillary Clinton's economic and trade advisor, 2016)
""He was not only my friend, he was my brother. It's difficult for a leader like him to exist in these times. His vision for humanity and the world can only be compared to that of leaders like Nelson Mandela. He was a great man and I cried when he died."
"Maduro will continue [Chavez's] vision of a participatory democracy, one involving all citizens, as the stewards of this democracy."