August 6th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
6 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. Penobscot

    It took team Obama 3.7 years to come up with that one whilst the US economy wallows.

    August 7, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Rodney Levenberry

    There he goes flapping those big purple lips spouting nonsense.

    August 7, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Evan

    Romney Hood!!!! Mitt show us your taxes or shut up

    August 7, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. johnquepublique

    Soooo, I guess "OBAMINATION-in-da'-hood" is fair game???

    August 7, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. wildee7

    Exactly, Mr. President!

    August 7, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Stugart

    The plan to enslave all minorities and lower income whites is the ultimate plane of the republicans. They talk about this in their secret meetings. I once crashed one of these secret society meetings and they had PowerPoint presentations showing concentration type camps housing the majority of the "lower" class. They had charts showing the amount they would be willing to spend on medicine per head and allotted food to keep them alive. They also show that at retirement age the people would be given a choice of barracks style life or “magic pill” that would put them down. Their chart claims 18% of retirees will choose pill by 2020 and 34% by 2030 and 86% by 2035! Not sure why the jump from 30'-35'... dont think I want to know.

    August 7, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Let's see, according to Obambi, I can vote for Romney & he gives everyone in business, & the job creators a tax break, or I can vote for 4 more years of Obama & he will put even more people on welfare, discourage people from working & further bankrupt this nation. Duuuhh.....of course only Democrats will TAKE others property & think they are justified! " if a man doesn't work, neither should he eat".....

    August 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Friar Duck

    I like that, perfect fit.

    August 7, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Miki801

    Mitt's tax plan just does not add up when the CBO does the math. It may be why Mitt does not release his taxes he may have used old fashioned Republican "fuzzy math". The Republican party has become the trust me party. We will take education, Medicare, and Medicaid funds and give you vouchers that can be used onywhere. Well, maybe they can. It sound like the chits that they paid to miners, they can only be used at the company store. For profit education and hospitals have been rife with scandal. HCA paid a $2.7 billion in fines for fraud. The internet diploma cites are under investigation for defrauding veterans. This happens under the current systems of financing. The corporations can influence the spending of what is our tax dollars. This is at a time when the person is least able to choose wisely.
    One example is the ability limit a persons choice of doctor and hospital. They get a health club membership as a reward. That's a deal until you need a doctor not in the loop. The Republican plan would leave all open to those who already are being examined for fraud.

    August 7, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Whome

    Very presidential you are truly an asset to the office historians will be using you quotes for decades. "Romney Hood:, what are you in the fifth grade?

    August 7, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Mike Texoma

    The CBO scored candidate Romney's tax plan and found that it did just what the president has said. The middle and lower economic echelons pay slightly higher taxes. The candidate says the CBO's analysis is flawed becauseit fails to take into account the massive boost their plan will give the economy. With the Ryan starve-the-beast budget and the Norquist starve-the-beast tax plan and a tea party congress, just how is this great boost supposed to take place? The CBO does not factor in pie in the sky.

    August 7, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Steve

    Dear Conservative posters; Why do you want to pay more in taxes so rich people can pay less?

    August 7, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Norm

    Romney hood...hahahahaha love it.
    Good one Obama.

    August 7, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Denise

    I think it is a travesity that both candidates talk about how much the middle class pays in taxes while they raise money for their campaigns. While I realize they court people with money – but how much is enough for these stupid presidential campaigns – I am surprised that middle class America doesn't raise more of a stink about the studipity of campaign finance and how these 2 people steal from all walks of life with no ones best interest except their own. And for the past 4 years the only people that have benefited from the Obama's in the White House are the Obamas, surely not the rest of America.

    August 7, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Mark from Louisiana

    Why won't obama just run on his record........lolol

    August 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. sortakinda

    Does Barry think having his children write his speeches is a good idea?

    August 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. marty

    The following would be music to our ears.

    Raise the cap on FICA .....DONE!
    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts ...... DONE!
    Cut the salaries and pensions of all members of Congress .... DONE!
    Dock the pay of those in Congress who refuse to compromise and negotiate matters such as the debt ceiling. DONE!
    Have a Congressional bipartisan panel conduct a Q&A televised public hearing with the presidential candidates....DONE!
    Automatically remove any politician who signs pledges other than the Oath of Office of the United Sates....DONE!

    August 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. simp

    Good one Mr President!!! romney hood is on point LOL!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. myron8160

    i can not trust a man with a smirk on his face reminds me of snakeoil saleman yours trurly mitt

    August 7, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Ready

    Aren't we above this type of mudslinging politics?? Can we talk about issues, jobs and the economy? I've never been so disgusted with Obama, he's totally turning voters off. Oh yeah, he can't talk about his record, so he'll just smear his opponent, Obama has become the epitome of what's wrong with American politics.

    August 7, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Tom

    If trickle down or tax breaks worked, we would have 0 unemployment by now.

    August 7, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Shared_gum

    I love it – Romney Hood! That's a good one.

    August 7, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. smellarat

    The libs are always looking for a catchy sing-songy slogan or marketing image for the masses of news-deprived dolts to latch on to. This one is a stretch, since it is Obama himself who's taken on the Robin Hood role of taking from the "rich". It's like one of his promotional staff members came up with this "Romney Hood" concept but they had to reverse engineer it to try and make it mean something. (Which of course it doesn't) This is just another distraction to take the microscope off of Obama's continued failures.

    August 7, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Steve

    Reading what the Conservatives post I have come to one irrefutable conclusion. Every single one of them wants to pay more in taxes so the rich can pay less.

    August 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. zisee

    I think it is beneath the President of the United States to start name calling. How about if we call you Obama Hood, Chicago style, are you going to come after me.

    August 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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