The Romney campaign as of late has been touting a video wherein Obama is heard saying that he supports wealth redistribution. However, NBC noticed that not only was the clip fourteen years old, but it was also taken out of context. Here’s the video that the Republican campaign has been using:
The Washington Post reports the transcript as the following, but includes the missing section:
“As we think about the policy research surrounding the issues that I just named — policy research for the working poor, broadly defined — I think that what we’re gonna have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all. There has been a systematic, I don’t think it’s too strong to call it a propaganda campaign, against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. And I think some of it has been deserved. Chicago Housing Authority has not been a model of good policy making. And neither necessarily have been the Chicago public schools. What that means then is that as we try to resuscitate this notion that we’re all in this thing together, leave nobody behind, we do have to be innovative in thinking how, what are the delivery systems that are actually effective and meet people where they live, and my suggestion I guess would be that the trick, and this is one of the few areas where I think there have to be technical issues that have to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues, how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities.”
— State Sen. Barack Obama, at a conference at Loyola University, Oct. 1998 [missing section in bold]
Here’s the full version, courtesy of NBC:
The Post reports with regard to the fact that the clip is both old and out of context; Nevertheless, the Romney campaign had seized on the remark as evidence of Obama’s apparently socialist tendencies. “You know, President Obama said he believes in redistribution,” GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Tuesday. “Mitt Romney and I are not running to redistribute the wealth. Mitt Romney and I are running to help Americans create wealth.”
Ryan is nothing if not a liar, and has repeatedly shown he can’t be trusted.
The funniest part of this, in my opinion, is the fact that a Romney spokesperson tried to pass it off as saying that all they had to go on was the clip on YouTube–the one that didn’t include all of Obama’s comments. That might work as an excuse, except it also means that the extent of the journalistic skill on the Romney campaign was to use one YouTube video and go buck wild with it without verification or background. Excellent journalism, that.