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ICYMI: Highlights From RNC Conference Call Discussing Barack Obama's Redistribution of Wealth vs. Mitt Romney's Free Enterprise Beliefs

- September 19, 2012

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):

"You know, the events of the last few days really reminds us at the heart of what this race is all about. It's between two very different views of the future. Between the current president who believes the economy is basically a limited thing and that government's job is to divide it up among people, to pick who wins and who loses and who gets how much. And Mitt Romney, who believes that the economy can always continue to grow and that we can all be better off and that it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game. That, in essence, some people don't have to be worse off in order for people to be better off. And that's what this is all about. And I think that what we heard in that recording from the president back when he was a state senator, it reminds us not just what he told Joe the Plumber a few years ago it reminds us what his policies have been all about. And it's the policies of someone who believes that it's the government's job to basically take an economy that is stagnant and that is not going to grow anymore and divvy it up. Basically, decide who is going to get how much and use tax code and regulatory code to make those sort of decisions.

"Mitt Romney, on the other hand, believes that the economy can always grow and that it should be growing and that when it grows we're all better off. That we can all be better off and that we can be better off in a way that those that have made it don't have to be worse off and that those who are trying to make it can make it and be much better off. We can all do better and that's really been at the heart of America's greatness for over two centuries and that's who we want to continue to be. That goes to the heart of what this election's about. That's what this is all about. And I think the American people recognize it and I think as we're starting to focus in now on these debates and on the 40 some odd days left before decision day across the country, as more and more Americans realize what the stakes are here, I feel better and better about how this is all going to turn out."


RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:

"I'm sure you've all heard by now the president's outrageous comments from a recently uncovered tape. And he said, quote, "I actually believe in redistribution." So it makes sense then that his presidency has been defined by high unemployment and the worst economy that we've seen since the Great Depression. We know that his agenda is an agenda of dependency, not of opportunity and certainly not of job creation because the proof is in the pudding as far as that is concerned. This makes plain the consequential choice that we've been laying out that America faces this election. Mitt Romney clearly believes in the American free enterprise system. But President Obama believes in the government centered, life of Julia society that he has been laying out for the American people. Times as we know have been extremely difficult for so many people these last few years, yet Americans still believe in the American Dream. But that Dream is impossible in a dependency society.

"The recording that has been out there points out the stakes of this election. Mitt Romney is the only, only candidate with a plan, vision, and philosophy that takes us toward prosperity and running from dependency. We've already paid a heavy price for Obama's dependency vision and we know what that price is. We've got 43 months of unemployment over 8 percent. One in six Americans in poverty, 47 million on food stamps, 5.4 trillion dollars of new debt, the ObamaCare taxes and more taxes to come on the horizon will only make everything worse. We know that we cannot afford four more years of this dependency driven vision in the White House. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe the answer is not in redistributing wealth. The answer is creating wealth for everybody. And you can most certainly expect to continue making this critical contrast from now until November 6th."

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