In an effort to deflect attention off a video tape showing Mitt Romney's contempt for "47 percent" of Americans, conservatives have released a 1998 audio tape in which President Obama says "I actually believe in redistribution." (Hear audio below.)
The recording was reportedly made Loyola University. At the time, then Senator Obama said: "Because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everybody has got a shot."
Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday, Mitt Romney said: "Frankly, we have two different views about America. The president’s view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that came out where is the president is saying he likes redistribution. I disagree."
"I think a society based upon a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that’s the wrong course for America. That will not build a strong America or help people out of poverty."
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"We believe in free people and free enterprise, not redistribution. The right course for America is to create growth, create wealth, not to redistribute wealth."
However, Romney did not mention that any type of tax system is a redistribution of wealth, even his plan, which he has not released details for.