Romney, in damage-control mode, takes on Obama’s views on wealth

From The Washington Times:

SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney on Tuesday said that President Obama’s economic vision embraces the notion that government is an instrument to be used to redistribute people’s hard-earned money as the Republican presidential candidate tried to curtail political damage from caught-on-camera comments that indicated he has written off nearly half of the electorate.

Fighting to overcome his own comments made in a May fundraiser that 47 percent of the country doesn’t pay income taxes, views itself as victims and won’t vote for him, Mr. Romney pointed to a newly surfaced 1998 audio clip of Mr. Obama, posted on YouTube on Tuesday, in which then-state Sen. Barack Obama said he supported wealth redistribution.

Mr. Romney, who did not back away from his own comments about voters, said the two clips capture what this year’s election is about.
“I think a society based on a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that is the wrong course for America,” Mr. Romney said in an interview on Fox News. “I believe the right course for America is one where government steps in to help those in need … but then we let people build their own lives, create enterprises.”

Asked about the Romney remarks during a taping in New York on Tuesday of the “Late Show with David Letterman,”Mr. Obama replied, “If you want to be president, you have to work for everyone, not just for some.”

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