August 6th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama debuts 'Romney Hood'

(CNN) – Legendary outlaw Robin Hood has suddenly assumed a featured role in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Adding a new attack line on Monday to his stump speech, the president railed against rival Mitt Romney's tax proposals, saying they amount to "Robin Hood in reverse."

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"It's Romney Hood," the president added to loud applause from 500 supporters in a Stamford, Connecticut ballroom.

Obama's campaign isn't yet indicating whether the "Romney Hood" line will remain part of the president's stump speech.

The comments were in reference to a recent report from the non-partisan Tax Policy Institute that claims Romney's tax proposals are likely to result in a net tax increase of $2,000 for middle-class wage earners while cutting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tax bills of the country's most wealthy.

"He'd ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so he could give another $250,000 to those making more than $3 million a year," Obama also said at the event. The Romney campaign has disputed the study, arguing that the analysis was flawed because it did not account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate - another part of the candidate's plan.

The event was the first of two fund-raisers for the president in Connecticut Monday. Obama is expected to raise more than $2 million from both events combined.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams responded to the president's remarks in a statement, calling the attacks false.

"President Obama recently said the biggest regret of his first term was not telling better stories. He's trying to make up for it now, but his stories just aren't true," Williams wrote. "There's only one candidate in this race who's going to raise taxes on the American people – and that's Barack Obama. While he's used taxpayer dollars to grow government and reward his donors, middle-class Americans have seen fewer jobs, lower incomes, and less hope for the future. Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class – and, unlike President Obama, a record of accomplishment behind it."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (537 Responses)
  1. lionhart

    "Romney Hood!!" LOL

    August 7, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Brian

    Hammer meet head. The economy sucks, but we all remember that greed enabled by Republican policies ruined it. A few people got rich, but most of us got screwed.

    August 7, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Charles

    What a great line from President Obama...it's funny becasue it's true.

    August 7, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. steppinwarrior

    steal from the poor and give to the rich. rich people work so hard for their money they deserve a break. the poor do nothing but physical labor all day. they need to be robbed.

    August 7, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. yolanda

    How low we have stooped.

    August 7, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Skyler

    Wait. A lower corporate tax rate will add more revenue? Maybe for the corporations. Certainly not for the country.

    August 7, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. DB in AR

    Romney Hood, I like it. Every campaign looks for a "Bumper Sticker" and I think that the President just found his. Now you beat him over the head with it at every campaign stop. Let the media pick up on it and boom you got your tag line for the convention. "Romney Hood hero of the Weathly, He takes from the working class and gives to his friends". Your Welcome.

    August 7, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Jewels

    I'm sorry - funny and catchy. That phrase will be used in years to come, ark my words. :)

    August 7, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Lindsey

    They don't call him Mitt Robme for nothing. Except he wants to take from those who have the least and give it to those who already have the most. Nice, eh?

    August 7, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. cigarman

    Romneyhood is a very good description of the entire Republican Party. I dont like a lot of things that Obama is doing or has done, but I certainly would rather have the crook I know than the crook I do not know.

    August 7, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Sniffit

    It's a beautiful day in the Romneyhood, a beautiful day for third world labor, would you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be my third world labor?

    August 7, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. wrongfacts

    jobs under last repub president
    8/2008 minus -84,000
    9/2008 minus -159,000
    10/2008 minus 240,000
    11/2008 minus 533,000
    12/2008 minus 524,000
    1/2009 minus 598,000 (obama inaugurated)
    2/2009 minus 651,000
    3/2009 minus 663,000
    29 straight months of job growth, why would we go back to trickle down? please explain

    August 7, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "President Obama recently said the biggest regret of his first term was not telling better stories. He's trying to make up for it now, but his stories just aren't true,"

    Translation: "Sonuvab....waaaaaaaah....he's better at this campaigning thing than we are!!!!"

    August 7, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Tree

    You got to love him.........

    August 7, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. dave

    it appears to me the "hood" is already in the whitehouse. Ha how ironic.

    August 7, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Jeb

    President Obama still can't talk about his record or his plans and instead chooses to sling mud at his opponent. Unfortunately for Romney, his team seems to be too incompetent to actually point this condemning fact about the Obama campaign out to the voters. They take him to Europe and Israel for no good reason instead.

    August 7, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Average Joe

    "– and, unlike President Obama, a record of accomplishment behind it."

    That says it all.

    August 7, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. gager

    Stealing from the rich and giving to the government. This is not justice.

    August 7, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. TAK

    Accurate AND clever.

    Can't believe anyone in Obama's lackluster campaign was smart enough to come up with this.

    August 7, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. George in PA

    So much for the campaign taking the higher ground. With all the serious issues facing America, I wish the candidates would stick with their pledges for what solutions they would strive for if elected. Americans deserve better than the Punch and Judy show both sides are dishing out!

    August 7, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. spenteco

    My comment to Mittens' spokesperson is akin to the comment made by a Mittens' spokesperson to reporters in Poland, "Kiss my ass".

    August 7, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. felix

    Whether its Romney Hood taking from the poor and giving to the rich, or Obama Hood taking from the rich and giving to the poor – it's still stealing.

    August 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. LiLa

    "The Romney campaign has disputed the study, arguing that the analysis was flawed because it did not account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate..."

    How does reducing the corporate tax rate result in additional revenue without raising taxes on individuals?

    August 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Penobscot

    The old class warfare argument...

    August 7, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Lionel

    I like that phrase "Romney Hood", how about "Robme Hood", Tax cheat, draft dogger and flip-flopper.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    August 7, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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