(NBC) - As President Obama and Mitt Romney cross paths today in the critical battleground state of Florida, their war for the White House has shifted to a skirmish over videotapes.
Romney's assessment of Obama supporters, secretly recorded during a private fundraiser earlier this year is still causing problems for his campaign - so republicans are firing back.
They're using a 1998 recording of then-State Senator Barack Obama, talking about making government more efficient at a Loyola University/Chicago Conference. "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot," said President Barack Obama in 1998.
Mitt Romney chastised the comments. "He said some years ago something which we're hearing about today on the Internet. He said he believes in redistribution, all right," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Nominee.
The Obama Campaign fired back. "If you want to talk about redistribution, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan would redistribute wealth from middle class families to the wealthiest Americans," said Obama Campaign Press Secretary, Ben LaBolt.
A war of words, over some old words caught on tape.
Brian Mooar, NBC News, Washington.