Castro praises Obama but doesn't endorse him

HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro says Barack Obama is smarter and less warlike than John McCain, who he calls "old" and "uncultured."

But the longtime Cuban leader is expressing skepticism about both men, and stopping short of endorsing either one for U.S. president.

Castro says Obama won't be concerned about "the overwhelming problems of the world." But then again, he says, McCain won't care about such issues either as a former fighter pilot who dropped "tons of bombs on the city of Hanoi" during the Vietnam War.

The 82-year-old former Cuban president has not been seen in public for more than two years. His comments came in a column carried by state-controlled newspapers. His younger brother Raul formally succeeded him as president in February.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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