In an interview on Fox News, Mitt Romney twice cited audio released via The Drudge Report today that features President Barack Obama saying he “actually believe[s] in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”
Here’s the video:
The video is from an Oct. 19, 1998, conference at Loyola University, according to the video. The user, Nick Cruz, just joined YouTube today and is apparently 102 years old.
Some of the themes Obama hits in the minute-and-a-half-long video are not that different, though, from ones he brings up on the campaign trail today. He discusses “recessitating this notion that we’re all in this thing together, leave nobody behind” and how he’d like to give everyone a “shot” with regards to the tax code.
The “redistribution” buzzword, though, led Romney to fire back in a Fox News interview today using the video as ammo against criticism stemming from recent comments slamming Obama supporters. The video was promoted by The Drudge Report about 40 minutes before Romney went on air with Neil Cavuto on Fox.
With a little more context, here’s the Obama quote near the end of the video:
“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 everybody’s got a shot.”