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Excerpts of a newly uncovered radio interview then-state senator Barack Obama did with a Chicago radio station in 2001 has made its way onto YouTube and also onto the Drudge Report. The portions of the interview put up seem to focus on the Supreme Court during the Civil Rights era.

"One of the I think the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court-focused 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 and in some ways we still suffer from that," Obama says in part of the interview posted.

In a statement sent out by the campaign today, John McCain's senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin claims the interview is evidence that Obama would pursue "socialism" as president. "The American people continue to learn more about Barack Obama," Holtz-Eakin said. "Now we know that the slogans 'change you can believe in' and 'change we need' are code words for Barack Obama's ultimate goal: 'redistributive change.' … No wonder he wants to appoint judges that legislate from the bench – as insurance in case a unified Democratic government under his control fails to meet his basic goal: taking money away from people who work for it and giving it to people who Barack Obama believes deserve it. Europeans call it socialism, Americans call it welfare, and Barack Obama calls it change."

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