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Delegation Critical of President

Jim Inhofe
Senator Jim Inhofe meets with reporters.


Washington, D.C. – Okla. delegation critical of president's speech

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two members of Oklahoma's Republican-dominated congressional delegation called President Barack Obama's State of the Union address a re-election campaign speech and others criticized him for blocking job-creation bills passed in the U.S. House.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said Tuesday Obama believes the best way to win another term is "to continue to promote class warfare in America and blame Republicans in Congress." He also said the president wants to pay for "failed economic policies" with increased taxes and defense budget cuts.

Inhofe, and Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford and John Sullivan, all R-Okla., also pointed to Obama's rejection of a permit for a Canada-to-Texas pipeline they say would have created 20,000 jobs and eased foreign oil dependency.

Cole said the president destroyed the project as a favor to radical environmentalists.