Candidate and now President Obama has been followed by numerous accusations of socialistic policies and beliefs. For the most part, the President has dodged these questions as best he can, changing around his public stance several times.
And now there's this. Audio from a 2001 interview of Barack Obama discussing his view points on the redistribution of wealth:
Here is a short transcript:
Obama- But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent as radical as people tried to characterize the Warren court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.
It says what the states can’t do to you, it says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.