Mitt Romney-Barack Obama Video War Continues: Words Exchanged, Points Sort of Made

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seeking to divert attention from a certain viral video that leaked this week by directing your attention to ... another viral video that leaked this week. Give it up for the Internet!

In damage control mode after a video from a private May 2012 fundraiser showed Romney saying 47 percent of voters are entitled and dependent on government handouts, Mitt pointed to a 1998 clip of President Obama saying he believes in redistribution.

"The president's view is one of larger government, there's a tape that came out today where the president's saying he likes redistribution," he told Fox News.

"I disagree. I think a society based upon a nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that's the wrong course for America."

The audio file was first posted on The Drudge Report, a conservative site run by Matt Drudge, a close friend of Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades.

Romney used the audio to try and paint Obama as the head of a government taking "from some" to "give to the others," an "entirely foreign concept."

"I know there's a divide in the country," Romney continued. "I know that some believe that government should take from some and give to the others. I think the president makes it clear in the tape that was released today that that's what he believes."

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt fired back:

"The Romney campaign is so desperate to change the subject that they've gone back to the failed playbook co-authored by Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber."

"Fourteen years ago, then-Senator Obama was making an argument for a more efficient, more effective government - specifically citing city government agencies that he didn't believe were working effectively."

"He believed then, and believes now, that there are steps we can take to promote opportunity and ensure that all Americans have a fair shot if they work hard."

"Unlike Governor Romney, President Obama doesn't believe that if you're a student who applies for a loan you're looking for a handout."

Romney stood by the comments in the leaked video, and it appears Obama is doing the same (subtly noting that his was from 1998, not 2012).

It remains to be seen whether either is any sort of game changer in a tight, contentious election certain to go down to the wire November 6.

U.S. Presidential Election 2012:


We are tired of you people raping the system! We have had enough. We do not want Obama, he is a communist. We worked to hard to let you freeloaders take over. Be prepared for a long month of October. We will not let go. Romney 2012


And who cares what Cnn says or Fox. The fact are Romney said out of his own mouth,he doesnt give a hoot about teachers,or about any of us who do not make alot of money. He is a jerk to say what he said.


If the rich are rich,then leave them alone. I want a President who wants to help the poor struggling single mother whos a teacher or the kids who were denied healthcare ins because they got an illness. Why is Romney worried for the rich? They will be OK. Their kids will be OK. Help the less.


How in the heavensake can a President sleep at night knowning he only cares about Americans who pay taxes..who live in their own home..who have five cars..who have healthcare. His focus should be on those who dont have that.


A tax break for those who make 40thousand a year sounds great-even if they pay no taxes. What it means is they get a refund of 900hnudred,rather than 500 hundred. Rich Americans make that money kind of money in minute,tax breaks shouldnt be aimed at them. They are rich for sake.


Mitt wants to feed the rich-which will never starve because they are rich-rather than feed the poor. Makes absolutely no sense. The rich have no clue what starvation feels like.


Or should I say Romney plainly thinks those who earn higher incomes are relevant.Those who make less he will avoid.


I don't like what Romney is saying. You sound ludy saying what he is trying to do. Romney is doing nothing except throwing more than half of the population aside,as if they have no input due to wages earned.


@Eyes- I'm not sure how informed democrats are. If they watch CNN then they are brainwashed. When I lived south of Nebraska and north of oklahoma I studied politics.


@Serena Kudos to you for offering an insightful and very accurate analysis of the Presidential campaign specifically with regard to the candidates! I for one have "hope". Thus, Romney & Ryan will get my vote.

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