POLITICS
08/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Blunt Defends Exxon's Record Profits: An "American Company Made Money"

Yesterday, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) appeared on a C-SPAN Newsmakers roundtable and defended Exxon Mobil's recent record-setting quarterly profit of $11.7 billion. Blunt tried to minimize the wealth and influence of Exxon, then went on to blast the company's critics, saying they should be overjoyed that an "American company made money":

[T]hey're the 14th biggest oil company in the world, and the only U.S. company in the top 20. So in all likelihood, the 13 companies bigger than them made a whole more money than that, and that all went somewhere besides the United States. That went to Saudi Arabia, that went to Russia. [...]

We can complain all we want to about American stockholders and American company made money. That's what our friends want to do -- the Democrats.

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