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Missouri House Democratic Leader says Republicans are wrong for calling Obama a Socialist

Date: October 20, 2008
By: Laura Nichols
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Missouri House Minority Leader refutes Republican claims that Sen. Barack Obama is a Socialist.

Laura Nichols has more from the Capitol

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House Democratic Leader Paul LeVota declares that Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama  is not a Socialist.

Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, over the weekend, accused Obama of Socialist practices after he recently told "Joe the Plumber" he wants to spread the wealth in America.

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Description: "Anyone that would say that Senator Obama has those philosophies are not doing their homework very well.  He is proposing a tax cut for ninety-five percent of the people in the country. That is not a Socialist idea."
 
A spokesperson for the Republican Party maintains that Obama supports Socialist practices. 
 
Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols.
Intro: The Missouri Republican Party holds firm on accusations that Barack Obama is a Socialist.

Laura Nichols has more from the Capitol.

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Republican Party Spokesperson Tina Hervey said all anyone has to do is listen to the Democratic Presidential Candidate to know he is a Socialist. Hervey said Obama's message undermines Americans working hard and striving for the American Dream.
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Description: "Their candidate Senator Obama said it himself. We're not, you know nobody is making this up, nobody is creating or extrapolating words. I mean he said he wants to spread the wealth around."
 
House Democratic Leader Paul LeVota said that Senator Obama is not a Socialist and that his plan to cut taxes for ninety-five percent of the people in the country is not a Socialist idea.
 
Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols.
Intro: The Missouri State Republican Party takes the national GOP's position that Barack Obama is a Socialist but a ranking Missouri House Democrat disagrees.

 Laura Nichols has more from the Capitol

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Democratic House Leader Paul Levota defends that Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is not a Socialist. Spokesperson for the Republican Party Tina Hervey accuses Obama of being out of touch with his constituents because of his extreme left wing views. Hervey said Obama's own statements confirm his Socialist philosophies.
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Description: "He wants to take from some to give to others to spread the wealth around. So for Paul LeVota or anyone else in the  Democrat Party to say that Senator Obama views on providing for the middle class not based in creating a Socialist society redistributing wealth is blatantly false."
 
Levota responded by saying Obama's plan to cut the taxes of ninety-five percent of Americans is in no way a Socialist practice.
 
Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols.