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Rubio, Priebus say old Obama audio shows agenda of dependency

by John Kennedy | September 19th, 2012

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus seized on a 14-year-old audiotape of then Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama talking up income “redistribution” as they worked to take the edge of Mitt Romney’s own caught-on-tape moment at a Boca Raton fund-raiser earlier this year.

Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that Obama’s comments at Loyola University in 1998 underscore the differences between the two presidential contenders. About Obama, Priebus said, “It makes sense…we know his agenda is an agenda of dependency.”

While Rubio acknowledged that Romney wishes he had framed his statement about 47 percent of Americans being dependent on government “in a different way,” the Republican nominee has a different view of the economy.

“Mitt Romney believes the economy can always grow, but when it grows, we can all be better off,” Rubio said.

 Romney has been fighting back since Monday’s release of a videotape shot at a May fund-raiser at hedge fund manager Marc Leder‘s house in Boca Raton where the nominee said that 47% of Americans pay no income tax and are dependent on government.

 Romney said that group of voters will never support him, so he can’t “worry about” them.

Romney hasn’t apologized for his remarks. But he says he could have said them better.

On Wednesday, the Romney campaign was firing off press releases condemning Obama’s 1998 speech. On the tape, Obama says: “The trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some (wealth) redistribution — because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”

Romney is scheduled to be in Miami tonight for the taping of a Univision interview from the University of  Miami. The taped broadcast is to air at 10 p.m. tonight. Obama is due to tape his comments Thursday for broadcast 10 p.m., Thursday.

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15 Responses to “Rubio, Priebus say old Obama audio shows agenda of dependency”

  1. Steve Ellman Says:

    What bs.
    If it isn’t part of govt’s job to see that “everybody’s got a shot,” what is?
    What part of “promote the general Welfare” doesn’t the GOP understand?

  2. Toni Says:

    So let’s see Mitt is unhappy about 47% of the American people who don’t pay taxes:

    But, I guess in Mitt’s insulated world it is okay if part of that 47% includes him and his very rich friends who take advantage of every available tax deduction to reduce their tax burden to zero and in some cases even get money back – think General Electric because after all Mitt says corporations ARE people!.

    But when a family of 4 or 5, with both husband and wife working, also take advantage of every available tax deduction and come up with a tax refund they are considered part of the dirt bag 47%!

    Seniors would also fit the dirt bag 47% if their Social Security and small pension also exclude them from having to pay more taxes.

    So the resulting synopsis is:

    Rich taking every available tax deduction & loop hole and paying no taxes = good.

    Families and seniors taking every available tax deduction and paying no taxes = bad!

  3. David Says:

    He wanted to make sure “everyone has a shot” at the American dream, something the Repubs do not want to happen.

  4. Melissa Says:

    Really? 1998??

  5. RENEGADE Says:

    Could the Romney campaign possibly look more worried and desperate?????

  6. JulieAnn Says:

    Six million people will be taxed (fined) for not having health insurance under Obamacare, that’s your “free” coverage folks. If you don’t have health insurance, ya better save your money to pay the IRS when they knock on your door. And the millions that do not pay taxes anyway, well this is a good way to get the deadbeats to pay taxes like the rest of us according to Obama who makes you believe that it’s all FREE. Companies are going out of business and layoffs are out there everyday. American airlines, etc. Nothing is fixed. No time to meet with PM, but HE can go on Letterman for that free campaigning. This is your man. Vote for him and it will be really an interesting four years and then he can go to his huge estate somewhere and be VERY wealthy and redistribute his wealth to you. Maybe the party will want Queen Michelle to be president, after all she has plenty of experience with food knowledge.

  7. DDW Says:

    I wouldn’t believe the G.O.P. if they told me the sky was blue. The only ones they can blame are their leaders for their failure of leadership, during the 8 years of Bush Jr. They brought this mess to our door and they don’t have the fortitude (not the word I would like to have used) to admit it.They had the chance for 8 years to prove themselves and they,the G.O.P., drove the bus to the edge of the fiscal cliff,telling the masses,yeah we got us here so we know how to get us out and bailed on the people of this country like rats from a sinking ship as they continue to do so to this day.They had the chance to be superheros and they blew it like a bunch of drunken sailors on shore leave. Their continued and ongoing disregard for the middle class will be the cause for the decline of this once Grand Ole Party, that I was so proud to support, once upon a time.

  8. Go Obama Says:

    Why work?

    I will be supported by those who choose to work.

    I choose to take advantage of what the government gives me.

  9. Similarities Says:

    Democrats in Palm Beach County are like the Palestinians in the Middle East.

    Unreasonable and dangerous – their way or no way. Blinded by hatred and the inability to work together with others.

  10. Dee Says:

    I smell a strong sense of fear and desperation. It is true the Repugs are over done.
    Obama 2012
    Hillary 2016

  11. help us save the little children Says:

  12. Poor Arguments Says:

    When opponents start name calling, it means they have no defense but the derrogatory terms they use.

    It’s an emotional attack when their cerebellum stops functioning.

    Redistribution-what’s your’s is mine
    Redistrbution=Obama in his OWN WORDS!

  13. What!? Says:

    Hillary Clinton FAILED to beef up security on the 9/11 anniversary in the UNstable Middle East resulting in the DEATH of our ambassador and 3 other Americans.

    Two of those Americans who died came to the aid of the ambassador when the local Libyan protection failed to protect the him.

    Hillary Clinton is a failed Secretary of State. Who didn’t take precautions in Libya!

    She will be a failed candidate.

    Just show the picture of Ambassador Stevens and replay the procession of caskets on their return to America.

  14. Robert B Haigh Says:

    Funny how the GOPeabrainers have no problem whatsoever with the redistribution that has gone on over the last 30+ years (since Reagan was in office). Any chart of wealth or income growth from 1980s to present proves that beyond any shadow of a doubt.

  15. Marathon Runner Tracker Says:

    A old obama does not always materially impact the end result, specially when properly analyzed. Very Nice! I like this one John.

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