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Prince Bandar: Clinton Sought Secret Oil-Election Deal
Newsmax ^ | April 20, 2004 | Newsmax

Posted on 04/20/2004 11:27:47 AM PDT by callisto

Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar bin Sultan said Monday that ex-President Clinton sought a secret deal to keep oil prices low before the 2000 election, explaining that the request was nothing unusual.

"President Clinton asked us to keep the prices down in the year 2000," Bin Sultan told CNN's "Larry King Live," responding to a claim by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that the Bush administration made a similar request this year.

Bin Sultan said President Carter also made a request for lower oil prices to save his reelection bid in 1979, explaining that he did so "to avoid the [US's economic] malaise."

"We always want any president who is in office to be reelected," Bin Sultan explained, while stressing that his hope for lower oil prices was not a direct effort to influence the outcome of the U.S. election.

"This not our call. This is the American people's call," he insisted.

"We hoped that the oil prices will stay low, because that's good for America's economy, but more important, it's good for our economy and the international economy," Prince Bandar told CNN. "And this is nothing unusual."

On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry decried Bush's "secret deal" with the Saudis for low oil prices, based on a claim in Bob Woodward's new book, "Plan of Attack."

"If, as Bob Woodward reports, it is true that gas supplies and prices in America are tied to the American election, tied to a secret White House deal, that is outrageous and unacceptable," Kerry complained in Florida.

Sen. Kerry has yet to issue a similar denunciation of the secret oil price deals sought from the Saudis by Presidents Clinton and Carter.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; bandar; carter; clinton; clintonfailure; clintonfailures; clintonlegacy; election2004; kerry; lurch; malaise; oil; saudi; x39; x42
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1 posted on 04/20/2004 11:27:48 AM PDT by callisto
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To: callisto; Mo1; StriperSniper
Well well, what do we have here.
2 posted on 04/20/2004 11:29:41 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA
Sounds like Woodward got his Presidents mixed up.
3 posted on 04/20/2004 11:31:04 AM PDT by AngieGOP
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To: OXENinFLA
Well, Carter and Clinton were doing it for the children. Bush was doing it for Dick Cheney's Halliburton. /sarcasm
4 posted on 04/20/2004 11:31:44 AM PDT by Young Rhino (http://www.artofdivorce.com)
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To: callisto
Of course this information will not be made available to the public by the liberal media!!!!
5 posted on 04/20/2004 11:31:48 AM PDT by Arpege92 (America and Israel are two countries that were founded on the rejection of Europe. -Dr. M. Azaryahu)
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To: AngieGOP
Yes, and nice of the Sauds to instead hike our oil up to peak levels during this Presidential election....
6 posted on 04/20/2004 11:31:49 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: callisto
Bin Sultan said President Carter also made a request for lower oil prices to save his reelection bid in 1979, explaining that he did so "to avoid the [US's economic] malaise."

lol......a little late for that Jimmah, don't you think? Stagflation, anyone?

7 posted on 04/20/2004 11:33:35 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: callisto
"If, as Bob Woodward reports, it is true that gas supplies and prices in America are tied to the American election, tied to a secret White House deal, that is outrageous and unacceptable," Kerry complained in Florida.

Now wasn't it Kerry who just a while back was saying that we should be putting "pressure" on OPEC to reduce the price of oil?

8 posted on 04/20/2004 11:33:50 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: callisto
Sounds like Woodward crying "Wolf". Another example of the demoncRAT hypocrisy. Sickening!
9 posted on 04/20/2004 11:35:32 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: callisto
Kind of cute how the Saudis just admit to doing this stuff. That kind of honesty you can only get from a "Prince."
10 posted on 04/20/2004 11:35:34 AM PDT by Williams
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To: Arpege92
Of course this information will not be made available to the public by the liberal media!!!!

Let's just hope FOX and talk radio runs with it.

11 posted on 04/20/2004 11:35:48 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: callisto
This had to have been said last night because E.D. Hill on Fox this morning was talking about this Prince Bandar statement.
12 posted on 04/20/2004 11:36:05 AM PDT by federal
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To: callisto
And Clintoon also released millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve - at the expense of national security, mind you - about a month before the election just to drive oil prices down.
13 posted on 04/20/2004 11:36:24 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: rhombus
Now wasn't it Kerry who just a while back was saying that we should be putting "pressure" on OPEC to reduce the price of oil?

Yes but he was talking out the left side of his face then & yesterday he was using the right. You can tell the difference because the left side of his face is orange-brown color and the right side is more orangeish-red hue.

14 posted on 04/20/2004 11:38:13 AM PDT by Steven W.
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To: callisto; All
Heard The Beast Hillary is going to be parking her broom on Larry King tonight. I bet you she is going to lie about this.
15 posted on 04/20/2004 11:38:24 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: callisto
Have we not learned that if the DEMS point the finger there is three are pointed back.
16 posted on 04/20/2004 11:39:43 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: callisto
Hey all you DUers that bought Clark's book and now Woodpecker's, I've got a talk radio network to sell you cheap.
17 posted on 04/20/2004 11:39:44 AM PDT by McGruff (When the going gets tough, the RATS start scurrying.)
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To: federal
This was said last night on "Is Larry King Alive" - Woodward and King were bashing Bandar so he called in & said "hey, there's nothing surprising here, the US wants to pay lower oil prices and wants a good economy and Saudi Arabia only does well when the US economy is good, so it's no surprise US presidents ask for lower oil prices, which Bush - and Clinton - both did"
18 posted on 04/20/2004 11:39:49 AM PDT by Steven W.
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To: rhombus
Now wasn't it Kerry who just a while back was saying that we should be putting "pressure" on OPEC to reduce the price of oil?

The only reason liberals want lower oil prices is so they can jack them up again with taxes at the pump. After they get elected, of course.

19 posted on 04/20/2004 11:40:04 AM PDT by Argus (And furthermore, I am of the opinion that Fallujah ought to be destroyed.)
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To: callisto
Doh!

Looks like Kerry stepped in it again.
20 posted on 04/20/2004 11:40:43 AM PDT by mabelkitty (John Kerry is the sad clown of life.)
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To: Arpege92
He called into LKL and he didn't say secret..he said Clinton and even Carter asked.He made it sound much less"secret".There's a transcript link that's just posted.
21 posted on 04/20/2004 11:46:23 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: McGruff
It's called the Viacom/CBS book of the month club.

Each month Viacom pays an ex-Bush employee a ton of money to sell their soul to the Democrat Devils.

And each month CBS "features" the writer of the book on one of its 60 minutes shows. Now, let me count how many conservative writers have been on 60 minutes? Zero.

22 posted on 04/20/2004 11:47:09 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: mabelkitty
Looks like Kerry stepped in it again.

Yup...now Kerry needs to apologize to Bush...shall I hold my breath waiting?

23 posted on 04/20/2004 11:51:35 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: McGruff
I've got a talk radio network to sell you cheap.

Cash only sale I'm assuming!:)

24 posted on 04/20/2004 11:52:44 AM PDT by AZamericonnie (John Kerry has delusions of adequacy.)
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To: MEG33
CNN LARRY KING LIVE
Interview With Journalist Bob Woodward(April 19, 2004)
25 posted on 04/20/2004 11:56:12 AM PDT by callisto
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To: Mr. Mojo
Rush played the audio - I suspect it will be on his website tonite.
26 posted on 04/20/2004 12:03:39 PM PDT by CyberAnt (The 2004 Election is for the SOUL of AMERICA)
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To: callisto
Clinton Sought Secret Oil-Election Deal

At first I read that as "Clinton Sought Secret Oil-Erection Deal".

27 posted on 04/20/2004 12:05:54 PM PDT by The kings dead
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To: callisto
Ahhhhhh...more slime about the Clintons. The question is will it see the light of day?

Red

28 posted on 04/20/2004 12:09:23 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (EVIL.......thy name is Hillary)
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To: callisto
A lot of fuss about nothing. If Bush DIDN'T ask the Saudis to keep oil prices low the liberals would be furious.
29 posted on 04/20/2004 12:12:14 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: callisto
INTREP - KLINTOON ALERT
30 posted on 04/20/2004 12:13:19 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: callisto
"We hoped that the oil prices will stay low, because that's good for America's economy, but more important, it's good for our economy and the international economy," Prince Bandar told CNN. A highly educated man of integrity, perhaps the brains of the family!
31 posted on 04/20/2004 12:15:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Cicero
It doesn't really matter what President Bush does. The left-wingers have a hissy fit regardless
32 posted on 04/20/2004 12:17:20 PM PDT by Kaslin (I will defend America everytime! President G.W. Bush I will turn America over to the UN! J.F. Kerry)
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To: bolobaby
Exactly!
Glad someone remembers that cynical Clintoon move!
We should be yelling about that also.

I'm so sick of these dumblecrat liars! I just want to scream STFU!! everytime any of them opens their lying lee-yups.
33 posted on 04/20/2004 12:20:40 PM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning now? Please?)
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To: Young Rhino
"Well, Carter and Clinton were doing it for the children. Bush was doing it for Dick Cheney's Halliburton."

Tell the truth:
You got this from a MoveOn.org talking-points fax, didn't you?

34 posted on 04/20/2004 12:21:16 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: callisto
"Lucky Man"
(To be sung to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's "Lucky Man")

He had the zealots, and harems by the score...
Osama bin Laden...the Islamic WHORE!!
Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!
Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!

"bin" had no conscience...to confuse his head.
No soul, no character. "So What?!" the Left said.
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Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...!!

He was itchin' fer War, bombed our Country, thought we'd blink!!
Of his Brav'ry, and his Principle...Leftist Med'yuh would sing!!
Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!
Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!

But Dubyuh soon found "bin", found his patrons, BOTH ENTWINED!!
His zealots couldn't save him, so WE BOMBED "bin", and HE DIED!!!!
Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!
Ooooooh, what a Lucky Man he was!!

Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh...Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!

Mudboy Slim (9/14/2001)
35 posted on 04/20/2004 12:58:53 PM PDT by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: callisto
I would bookmark this article but I am sure it will be on the SacBee front page tomorrow morning ...
36 posted on 04/20/2004 1:00:44 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: callisto
Well, which is it?

1. "We always want any president who is in office to be reelected," Bin Sultan explained ...

OR

2. "This not our call. This is the American people's call," he insisted.
37 posted on 04/20/2004 1:15:25 PM PDT by GretchenM (The FReeper formerly known as GretchenEE)
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To: rhombus
Now wasn't it Kerry who just a while back was saying that we should be putting "pressure" on OPEC to reduce the price of oil?

Yes, he just realized his was missing a flop for his flip.

38 posted on 04/20/2004 1:18:02 PM PDT by rintense (Now I know why liberals hate guns... they keep shooting themselves in the foot!)
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To: callisto
It's not big unless it hurts Republicans.

Example: Clinton uses cocaine with 400 drug dealers on the steps of the New York Times. ( not a story - everyone does it, let's move on)

Bush drives a car on a back road after having two beers. ( BIG story, no one does that, stay on this story until the cows come home...)

"President Clinton asked us to keep the prices down in the year 2000," Bin Sultan told CNN's "Larry King Live," responding to a claim by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that the Bush administration made a similar request this year.

39 posted on 04/20/2004 1:44:01 PM PDT by GOPJ (NFL Owners: Grown men don't watch hollywood peep shows with wives and children.)
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To: callisto
It's not big unless it hurts Republicans.

Example: Clinton uses cocaine with 400 drug dealers on the steps of the New York Times. ( not a story - everyone does it, let's move on)

Bush drives a car on a back road after having two beers. ( BIG story, no one does that, stay on this story until the cows come home...)

"President Clinton asked us to keep the prices down in the year 2000," Bin Sultan told CNN's "Larry King Live," responding to a claim by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that the Bush administration made a similar request this year.

40 posted on 04/20/2004 1:45:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (NFL Owners: Grown men don't watch hollywood peep shows with wives and children.)
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To: callisto
It's not big unless it hurts Republicans.

Example: Clinton uses cocaine with 400 drug dealers on the steps of the New York Times. ( not a story - everyone does it, let's move on)

Bush drives a car on a back road after having two beers. ( BIG story, no one does that, stay on this story until the cows come home...)

"President Clinton asked us to keep the prices down in the year 2000," Bin Sultan told CNN's "Larry King Live," responding to a claim by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that the Bush administration made a similar request this year.

41 posted on 04/20/2004 1:45:35 PM PDT by GOPJ (NFL Owners: Grown men don't watch hollywood peep shows with wives and children.)
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To: bolobaby
While we'd all like to believe the national oil strat reserve is for real emergencies...the big reason for its creation...is for election year coverage in the event the oil prices are soaring. Almost any president out there would readily use this as a tool to win.
42 posted on 04/20/2004 2:01:17 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: callisto
In True Saul Alinsky/Democratic Fashion:It’s the oldest philosophical and psychological trick there is: "...distract someone from your own obvious flaws by putting them on the defensive with an outrageous, unfounded and prejudiced claim..." No group of people does this better than the Democratic party, year after year. Americans still have 6 more months of this to endure too.
43 posted on 04/20/2004 2:03:21 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is (still ) a Smug and Holier- than- Thou Socialist)
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To: Mr. Mojo
lol......a little late for that Jimmah, don't you think? Stagflation, anyone?

Hate to pick, but "stagflation" was Tricky Dick and not Incompetent Carter. Jimmah was in charge of hyperinflation, as well as the dismantling of our foreign policy and military, crashing helicoptors into the Iranian desert, and restribution of our wealth through the tax code. Jimmah also popularized killar wabbits, and contrary to popular belief, he was the first president to pronounce "nuclear" as "nookuler." Although Jimmah was responsible for a lot of things, stagflation was not one of them.

44 posted on 04/20/2004 2:17:40 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Labyrinthos
Whether or not Carter was responsible for stagflation is up for debate, but what isn't debatable is that stagflation was at its peak in the late 70's (during his administration): Stagflation occurred in the economies of the United Kingdom in the 1960s and 1970s and the United States in the late 1970s

Google "stagflation, Carter" and you'll find numerous references.

45 posted on 04/20/2004 3:40:12 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: callisto
thanks for posting the article. If you remember Clinton also opened up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as President to pave the way for "President" Al Gore.
46 posted on 04/20/2004 4:43:22 PM PDT by Mel Gibson (Suffer from Allergies, Asthma or Adversely Affected by Foul Air ? See "About Me")
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To: pepsionice
While we'd all like to believe the national oil strat reserve is for real emergencies...the big reason for its creation...is for election year coverage in the event the oil prices are soaring. Almost any president out there would readily use this as a tool to win.

Please cite historical examples besides Clinton.

47 posted on 04/20/2004 8:25:36 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: MHGinTN
Prince Bandar told CNN. A highly educated man of integrity, perhaps the brains of the family!

No. This long-overdue-for-"PNG"-status sand nazi is the man who's wife's money ended up in the pockets of 9-11 hijackers.

The House of Saud is the one and only issue on which Kerry is running to the right of Bush.

48 posted on 04/20/2004 8:36:35 PM PDT by dagnabbit (Islamic Immigration is the West's Suicide)
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To: dagnabbit
Uh, your characterization --'sand nazi'-- is a sign of your limited knowledge of this man. I happen to have a bit more knowledge of him and take issue with your bigoted tripe.
49 posted on 04/20/2004 9:34:51 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN
Fawning over the House of Saud. Pathetic. Why was his "princess" wife's money in 9-11-hijacker pockets? Why do Saudi "diplomats" pop up all over the 9-11 case?
50 posted on 04/21/2004 4:55:31 AM PDT by dagnabbit (Islamic Immigration is the West's Suicide)
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