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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud walks with US President George W. Bush after dinner at the Riyadh Palace in the Saudi capital. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
Senator Hillary Clinton took at jab at President Bush last night during a Democratic debate, accusing the president of “begging” the Saudis to cut oil prices.
President Bush was in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia, yesterday, meeting with King Abdullah and other dignitaries. During his visit, he asked that OPEC consider the effect high oil prices are having on the U.S. economy, when setting production levels.
Saudi Arabia is the number one oil exporter in the world. Its oil minister politely declined the president’s request.
Senator Clinton called the whole scene “pathetic.”
She said instead of begging from OPEC, the U.S. should change its energy policy and put people to work in “green” jobs as a way to fight off recession.