ASTON, PA - APRIL 23:  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) speaks to the media before a town hall during a campaign stop with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (L) at Mustang Expediting April 23, 2012 in Aston, Pennsylvania.

ASTON, PA – APRIL 23: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) speaks to the media before a town hall during a campaign stop with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (L) at Mustang Expediting April 23, 2012 in Aston, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Marco Rubio, GOP, jump to defense of Romney with focus on 1998 Obama “redistribution” clip

Marco Rubio defended Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention and he went on a conference call with Reince Priebus to draw a contrast between the GOP nominee and President Barack Obama yet again on Wednesday.

Rubio says a video from 1998 which shows then State Senator Barack Obama saying he believes in a certain level of “redistribution” shows how he and Romney differ when it comes to taxes. This push from Rubio and pivot to “redistribution” by the GOP comes as the Republican nominee has come under fire for comments he made in May to a group of wealthy donors, which was caught on video and released by Mother Jones.

Rubio acknowledged that Romney wishes he had framed his statement about 47 percent of Americans being dependent on government “in a different way.”

“Mitt Romney believes the economy can always grow, but when it grows, we can all be better off,” Rubio said.

Concerning Obama’s video, Priebus said, “It makes sense…we know his agenda is an agenda of dependency.”

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While the Romney campaign is fighting back against the president with the “redistribution” video, Rubio was forced to address the comment Romney made in the secret video, where he said being Latino would help him in this election.

“Well, I think he meant it as a joke,” Rubio said with a laugh. “I think that’s how most reasonable people would take it.”

Rubio added that this was not the first time Romney said something like this.

“He said something like that publicly with Jorge Ramos in January in Florida,” he said.

“He made a comment about, you know, how his dad had been born in Mexico and he chuckled about that.”

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