Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney attempted to put himself back on the offensive Tuesday by highlighting audio of President Barack Obama apparently endorsing “redistribution.”
“Frankly we have two different views about America,” Romney said on Fox News. “The president’s view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that came out today 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 role and redistributes money, that’s the wrong course for America.”
“We believe in free people and free enterprise, not redistribution,” he added. “The right course for America is to create growth, create wealth, not to redistribute wealth.”
Conservative news outlets like The Drudge Report on Tuesday posted an audio clip of Obama speaking at a conference at Loyola University in 1998. In the clip, which has not been confirmed as authentic, Obama says it is necessary to “resuscitate the notion that government can be effective at all.”
“I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources, and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody has got a shot,” he explains.
Romney’s campaign has faced criticism after the release of video where he claimed nearly half of Americans were “dependent upon government” and therefore going to vote for Obama. Romney said he would “not to worry about those people” because he could “never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Watch video, broadcast by Fox News on September 18, below: