Rubio, Priebus say old Obama audio shows agenda of dependencyby 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.