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. Vince

    Mitt, the professional campaigner.

    August 7, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. CarolinaGirl

    Tom, you hit the nail on the head. I don't care if you are republican or democrate any semi-intelegent person can figure that out. So why is it so hard for people to see that?

    August 7, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Chat Pata

    He stole Jesse Jackson's line when he defined "Reaganomics" as "Robinhood in Reverse" i.e. "Feed the rich and steal from the poor".

    August 7, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. kirby

    @ Ready, what are you thinking, its been a smirk campaign since President Obama took office in 2009..! Now you want to point this out. If you think Obama has become the epitome of what's wrong with American politics, then you need to reference Romney, Koch Brothers, Trump, Cheney, Palin,McCain, including yourself, and so on...............I suggest you re-evaluate your sentiments Ready..........

    August 7, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. ObamaJoe

    God bless America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    God bless President Obama,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    August 7, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. ObamaJoe

    Mitt Romney / Michael Bachmann 2012 ~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. billy davis

    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."

    What have you been smoking Ready? Oh sure for the last 3 years the entire GOP has done nothing but smear the President even on Inauguration night but somehow that's acceptable. The POTUS strikes back and you're disgusted. Mf'er please...

    August 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. ObamaJoe

    Vote Ron Paul,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if you are a GOP and cares the heart ~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. steve

    hey wrong facts...then why is unemployment up? and every time there is a demockraut in office our economy sucks, clinton, carter, kennedy, fdr, wow they were great x's

    August 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. dan

    I can't wait until this guy is voted out this November!!!

    August 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. charlie

    I don't recall in all of my working years that I ever got a job from a poor person. Makes sense to cut their taxes that will create more jobs. One more thing....put a girdle on the EPA so that that division of government doesn't inhibit job growth.

    August 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. freelance

    BREAKING NEWS : Romney Picks RAFALCA the dressage horse to be his VP.

    August 7, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Patriot Awesome

    Mitt Romney has flip flopped and pandered himself into a corner. He is going to get crushed during the debates. Especially if the moderators and news outlets do their jobs and fact check his statements.

    August 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. ObamaJoe

    Can Mitt be a leader of the world ?????????????

    Maybe,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he exports jobs all over the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. ObamaJoe

    'Romney Hood'=============

    That's a good one :) :) :)

    August 7, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. James PDX

    "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."

    So Romney is claiming that this won't cause the middle class to pay more and the wealthy to pay less. And his reasoning is because he's going to give more big tax breaks to wealthy corporations? Does he think we're all brain dead?

    August 7, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    ImIrish

    I think this will come back to bite Obama in the tush.

    People are going to think that Obama is giving Romney a compliment by saying that he takes from the rich to give to the poor. Believe me; it WILL happen, and it is hilarious!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Care to explain how you came to that conclusion?

    August 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Dennis

    So what is "Obamahood"? The unemployment line?

    August 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Moderate Sean

    A perfect characterization by the President of Multiple Choice Mittens!!!

    August 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Thomas

    Romney plans on being the next Sheriff of Nottingham .

    Five sons all avoided voluntary military service during wars they supported .

    The true conservative American family dream , equality based on ones economic Status Quo .

    Yes, Romney is truly the Sheriff of Nottingham or the new King of Mormondy !

    August 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. James PDX

    charlie said:

    "I don't recall in all of my working years that I ever got a job from a poor person. Makes sense to cut their taxes that will create more jobs. One more thing....put a girdle on the EPA so that that division of government doesn't inhibit job growth."

    And yet studies prove that the wealthy are making money at unprecedented rates while the poor continue to get poorer. This the wealthy are making so much money already, where are those jobs, Charlie? Nice try, sock puppet.

    August 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. phoenx86

    I prefer Romney Hood to the Hoodie Gangsta administration of Obama anyday.

    August 7, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. John

    When politics becomes more about marketing than facts, this is what happens. Even if you blame Bush for 2009, consider that after almost four years, shouldn't a competent President be able to improve things, rather than fling attack ads? Why should this election focus on how bad Romney *might* be when we already know how bad Obama has been? The first is speculation; the second is proven. Why do we care how Romney spent *his* money more than how this President has mis-spent *our* money?

    August 7, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    charlie

    I don't recall in all of my working years that I ever got a job from a poor person.

    So obviously you don't work in a trade such as auto mechanics, a/c repair or plumbing. Poor people hire those folks on a daily basis. What exactly is it that you do that isolates and shields you from the unwashed masses – investment banker; real estate broker; private yacht captain?

    August 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. William Donovan

    Sure, in fact, lets not have corporations pay any taxes too! Everybody raise your hand if you think cutting taxes on people who can afford to live on investment income and corporations will lead to 3% unemployment??? Hello????

    August 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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