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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soundoff (537 Responses)
  1. CandeeBR

    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.

    How will reducing all tax rates 20% AND reducing the corporate tax rate add up to additional revenue??

    August 7, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. The Film Professor

    I love it! Some accurate humor in the campaign! Romney Hood's Tax Plan calls for 86 billion in new tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by 86 billion in new taxes on the middle and lower classes! Usually Republicans try to do this in the form of new sales taxes, but R*Money is just right up front about his plans. 30 years of this and look where we are today - the middle class is vanishing, while the 1% per centers just get richer and richer.

    August 7, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this:
    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:"

    Aaaaah, the lovely lie. Afer they took over the GOP began setting records for filibusters and Bush set records for vetoes. When one party is preventing ANYTHING from getting done just because it is mid-tantrum over not being the party in control, then THAT party is the one to blame. Period. And if you don't understand that the economic and deregulatory policies and lax oversight PRIOR TO 2007 is what had ALREADY assured an eventual recession, then you are pitifully stupid and deserve the word "dunce" written in glitter on your tinfoil hat. Now go sit in the corner and let the adults handle this.

    August 7, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Andrew

    IRONMAN57
    CNN -Failure of Obamas polices is not an option overr the next 4 years.

    August 7, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    LOL ^^^ Halfbright Scholar.

    August 7, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Name So Apropos

    So, the Republicans thought they could get away with 'Obamacare' with no repercussions but now they've got their britches all crossed when President Obama properly entitles what he sees as being Romney Hood. The one called Mittens is handling his ultra-wealthy constituents with kid Gloves and is the only one who will help them pay Less Taxes, but at the expense of the Middle-Class if people are fool enough to elect him! Folks, it's so straight forward it just jumps out at you! The Middle-Class is being hung out to DRY with Romney! As for the name Romney Care, well, what's good for the goose has gotta be Great for the gander! That's Definitely A Name To Stay! Kudos to President Obama for that one which is so apropos!! So, CONServatives, get over it already!

    August 7, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Vic

    ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE! Best description of alexithymic Mitt, EVER!

    August 7, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "How does reducing taxes increase revenue, Mr. Robmey?"

    Haven't you heard? Unicorn farts, double rainbows and magical sexy-time economic explosions!!!! That's how!

    August 7, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Wes Monroe

    Give it up Obama ...........your toast in November and you know it.

    August 7, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. A True Conservative

    Save your breath Dean – the left doesn't want facts. They want feelings. Facts take too much effort to consider. They believe the Rich = Bad, The Dems= Good, The GOP = Bad. Romney doesn't release tax records = Bad. Obama doesn't release ANY information about hs college years = Good

    August 7, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Darryl Cox

    Anything to change the suject that Obama hasn't met almost any of his goals in his first term. So, let's make everyone who hasn't violated any tax codes, or laws, and has made money EVIL!!!! FYI, it's a fact that most millionaires made their own weath, they didn't inherit it. But, they must be evil for having business savy .... unlike how we run our government and waste money. So let reward the welfare and food stamp cases with give away programs to perpetuate the problem and tax the weathy more ... even though that doesn't make a dent in our gov't spending and takes away from the wealthy spending more, which does create jobs. There is a reason that all of the State parks have signs that say, "Don't Feed The Bears". IT MAKES THEM DEPENDANT ON PEOPLE AND THEY WILL NO LONGER FIND THEIR OWN FOOD".

    August 7, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. A True Conservative

    @ Candee – History has shown over and over that if you reduce the tax rate, you increase tax revenues. The problem is that Congress, both Dem and GOP controlled, tend to increase spending at a faster rate.

    August 7, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. J Russ

    so much for the dignity of the president

    August 7, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. blake

    Neither Romney or the GOP is advocating raising taxes on the middle class. They are advocating extending all the Bush tax cuts and reducing some of the tax rate on corporations which are among the highest in the world. Obama on the otherhand, is all about class warfare and raising the tax rate on the wealthy (who already pay at a 35% rate) while 47% of Americans pay absolutely no income taxes.

    August 7, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. flageek

    bottom line (using a phrase said by numerous candidates over the years): "are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?" if you're not, then vote the incumbent(s) out...

    August 7, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. William

    One only has to walk down deserted neighborhoods full of foreclosed and dilapidated houses then go to the city and see the shanty towns to understand what Obamavilles are. We can see for ourselves what Obama/Dem policy has brought. Jobs? Nope. People are languishing on unemployment. Three programs to help homeowners? Failed. Anyone of the big fat cat wall street bankers been bought to justice? No again. A lot went to work for Obama.

    August 7, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Jack Martin

    Gotta admit..that Obama has some kahunas! For a democrat to say that republicans are taking from the rich is absurd. But this incompetent president of ours has no experience, no ideas, no solutions so all he can do is make this crap up! Romney has business experience, experience as a governor, and more brains that Obama has sense. I'm an independent who voted for Bill Clinton and I will be voting of Romney!!!

    August 7, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Richie

    Love Obama, stocks are on the rise cause Romney is gaining in polls.

    August 7, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. truth hurts

    obama has turned the presidency into a joke in 4 years. the name calling, out right lies, finger pointing. now even leaders of the democrat part stand on the floor of our highest institutions and resurrect mccarthyism with baseless accusations. the democrat party has sunk to levels never before seen and they are taking the country down there with them.

    August 7, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. amontagno

    This president has zero class whatsoever. And quite the liar too.

    August 7, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. KRG

    So, Obama is a fan of Robin Hood....A man who was the "Prince of thieves". A fairy tale who took from people who were born rich. Ahhh, and there is Obama's theory again that people who are rich, didn't earn it, and therefore should give it to those who deserve it more. Yep- a thief he is.

    August 7, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Obamahastogo

    After four years in office all this president has to run on is slandering his opponent. Shameful!

    August 7, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    blake

    Neither Romney or the GOP is advocating raising taxes on the middle class. They are advocating extending all the Bush tax cuts and reducing some of the tax rate on corporations which are among the highest in the world. Obama on the otherhand, is all about class warfare and raising the tax rate on the wealthy (who already pay at a 35% rate) while 47% of Americans pay absolutely no income taxes.

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    that 47% number includes children (but of course the tighty righties want to do away with child labor laws), retirees who are no longer in the work force (but of course the tighty righties want Americans to work until they just drop), and stay at home parents who are able to make ends meet on one paycheck (and if the tighty righties had their way NOBODY but the top 1% would be earning enough to enable their spouse to stay home and raise the kids).

    August 7, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. 4 More Years!!!

    Nothing better than a FLAILING GOP!!!

    August 7, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. KRG

    Yes, and Obama is the " Prince of Thieves"

    August 7, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. sid

    That's OK Mr.President (for the time being) pull all your little tricks now because I don't know of anyone who's going to vote for you again in November...CHOW OBUMMER !!!!!

    August 7, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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