Mitt Romney is switching from defense over his secretly-recorded fundraiser comments to offense, going after President Obama's comments in a newly-released tape recorded more than a decade ago.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:

He was then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, but the Romney campaign highlighting what the President then-told an audience at Loyola University.

(Obama) "I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure everybody's got a shot."

The Obama campaign defends the 1998 remark as an argument for a more efficient, effective government.  Romney countering:

(Romney) "I believe instead the role of government is to help those who need help."

Romney writing, in an op-ed today, his economic plan will lift people out of poverty.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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