Recording raising questions about Obama's vision for America
Then-State Senator Obama says he supports redistribution of wealth
- Duration 6:35
- Date Sep 19, 2012
Then-State Senator Obama says he supports redistribution of wealth
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New questions today about the president's vision for America thanks to a fourteen year old recording.
That is just surfacing now.
It hit a young state senator -- Barack Obama states that he believes.
In the redistribution of wealth.
-- systems that.
And hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution.
At least at a certain level to make sure that.
And it's got shot.
That was recorded in 1998.
Want to make the argument that those were the words of an inexperienced young -- But ten years later in 2008 in -- now infamous moment with Joe The Plumber than presidential candidate Barack Obama said basically the same thing.
It's not that I wanna punish your success -- wanna make sure that everybody who is behind him.
But they've got a chance of success -- right now everybody's -- -- That business is bad for everybody and and I think when you split global it's good.
Jump ahead to April 2010 during a campaign event the president once again touched on the distribution.
We're not we're not trying to push financial reform.
We begrudge success that's fairly earned.
I -- I do think at a certain point you made enough money.
Turning now to discuss that Leslie Marshall -- radio talk show host and Fox News contributor and Chris -- radio host of the Chris Plante show.
So I mean it's 1998.
Chris does anybody care.
And -- -- part of a pattern.
Not a pattern of behavior that goes back decades and it doesn't -- -- there was an interview in 2001 also -- Chicago public radio.
Where he talked about the Supreme Court not being the right.
Mechanism of the courts were redistribution of wealth.
And at every argument that the president has made quite honestly.
From the time he was -- began running for president has been about heart.
Essentially redistribution of all how unfair our country -- how people don't get a fair shake he's demonized the in a Wall Street in the bankers the corporate jet owners the fat cats you know the silver spoon references.
Class warfare and redistribution are.
Cornerstones of this presidency.
You know Leslie.
The problem for the president if there is one with the with this SoundBite is that as we showed -- an introduction it isn't just one random comment it confirms it but in much more explicit terms.
Something that many have believed about his philosophy.
For a long time that he does believe in sort of taking from one group and we distributing it to another.
-- I don't disagree some people do you do feel that way but I think it's also shows that a couple things one.
That he is consistent he is consistent with the -- -- since 1998 to the president.
And what he means by that is what he's been saying all along which is fairness and in 1998 speaking of fairness he was speaking specifically about the city government.
More -- government now as opposed to.
Robbing from the rich to give to the middle class in the -- Well it would seem that Chris of my buddies over there on the right wanna do quite the opposite and that we've been doing that for a long time having said that I think this.
It is very very clear that Mitt Romney in the GOP your frightens the poll numbers show they have a reason to be today with the president not only across the board but in swing states specifically and so they're desperate and they're like let's reach for something from 1998 that's a lot of healing she -- that you -- says that that the president has been concerned all this time about fairness the question is.
Fairness to cool.
Well it's clear the way things we live -- a terrible and unfair country where people don't pay their fair share of people don't get a fair shake.
All evidence of the contrary the other president has been consistent.
In his call for redistribution of wealth and if you want to you know hang your hat on that that and then please go ahead and do so.
He's talking about fairness in the context of class warfare for almost entirely political reasons and for economically ideological reasons.
He is a redistribution -- she's a state tests he believes him.
Government intervention to allegedly level the playing field but you know honestly this country has had more fair to more people than any country in the history of the world and what these guys are trying.
Has been attempted again and again and again and has never produced better results.
Then the system that we've been looking -- as Leslie said somewhat dismissive -- for quite some time.
Yes we advocate of free market system because we believe it functions best.
We believe it gives people the most people the greatest amount of opportunity for -- -- not for mediocrity and that's what this country's been functioning on quite well thank you very much for quite some -- -- -- and -- let me just -- one more thing -- I could not to -- the time but.
-- the president in this 99% verses the 1% think.
You know that is a classic demonstration of and it's a purely political of course of trying to take from one group and and and identifying 99% of us as victims.
I want to ask you Leslie because the remarks back in 1998 he talked about it in in the context of I actually believe in -- redistribution.
He talked about in terms he talks about all the time today make sure everyone's got a shot lead nobody down -- -- nobody behind brawl in this thing together.
That -- -- what has some people concerned now because that's the same language he uses on the campaign trail now minus -- I actually believe in redistribution.
You know again I think effort that that for me personally and very for many Democrats and quite.
And frankly many voters -- you know retraced redistribution comes down to semantics is it fair is -- readers viewers -- redistribution when we look at as an example.
A college student.
Or somebody wants to go to college and wants to take out a loan.
Is that looking for our government handout or is that looking for an opportunity.
What we look at bush tax cuts.
But it is that.
The middle class in the port helping the rich to have more that were hoping they'll create jobs with -- stimulate the economy went -- that redistribution of wealth.
So I do think we get down to semantics of this I don't think the president is saying anything different and certainly in 1998 he was specifically talking about.
A more -- city government.
And his position at the time as a as a state legislator in the state of Illinois.
Mary Anderson well it's -- this week -- the battle of the Julian you know.
Caught on tape moments covers Mitt Romney now Barack Obama and it's not like -- and intend to Leslie Chris thank you both so much.