(KETTERING, OHIO) – John McCain continued to accuse Barack Obama of wanting to "spread the wealth around," today citing a radio interview with Obama where the Democratic candidate talked about redistribution in the context of a civil rights issue.
"In a radio interview that was revealed today, he said that, quote, 'one of tragedies' of the civil rights movement is that it didn't bring about a redistribution of wealth in our society. He said, and I quote, 'One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused that I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change,'" McCain said.
"He favors higher taxes on investment for, quote, 'fairness.' My friends, there's nothing fair about driving our economy into the ground. We all suffer when that happens."
Obama's campaign said McCain was taking an old interview out of context.
"This is a fake news controversy drummed up by the all too common alliance of Fox News, the Drudge Report and John McCain, who apparently decided to close out his campaign with the same false, desperate attacks that have failed for months. In this seven year old interview, Sen. Obama did not say that the courts should get into the business of redistributing wealth at all," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
"Americans know that the real choice in this election is between four more years of Bush-McCain policies that redistribute billions to billionaires and big corporations and Barack Obama's plan to help the middle class by giving tax relief to 95% of workers and companies that create new jobs here in America."