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. Tish NC

    I love it!! Who,s selling the T shirts?

    August 6, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. ron

    LOL. Now, that's a good one! Too bad there are 9x as manymiddle class people as there are rich people or Romney Hood would have it all wrapped up!!

    August 6, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Romney Hood and Bush Whacked

    Let's talk about stories: I seem to remember George W. Bush saying the exact same thing that the Romney campaign is saying now, that his tax cuts for the wealthy will lead to a stronger middle class and create jobs and blah, blah, blah...... Well, those Bush tax cuts made even more millionaires and billionaires in America, the disparity between the rich and the middle class and the poor has grown exponentially larger, while the jobs that Bush promised turned into job losses in the millions. Instead of what Bush promised, the American middle class got Bush Whacked.

    Now here we go again with the same tried and failed idea of trickle down economics and more promises that somehow doubling down on those same tax cuts for the wealthy is somehow now going to create jobs for the middle class, blah, blah, blah.......

    This Romney Hood fantasy sounds like the same fairy story I was told when I got Bush Whacked.

    August 6, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Release your tax returns Romney and you can convince Americans you are something other than a a spoiled rich boy trying to get power. It's so easy... what are you hiding?

    August 6, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. db

    I don't know how this new line will play within the Christian community... after all, Jesus hated the poor and loved the rich. As the oft-quoted verse goes, "It's harder for a poor person to get into Heaven than for a chubby camel to wriggle into a pair of '80s-style designer jeans.

    August 6, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Dan5404

    If Romney has a plan to help the middle class, it's well-kept secet. I have never heard him give concrete plans on anythng except cutting taxes for the rich amd spending more on defense.

    August 6, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. TrixieB

    The American public deserves better than this. I want to make an informed decision and the lying from Reid and Obama needs to stop. I will not be voting Democrat this election if this doesn't change.

    August 6, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that Romney can't stand to be pointed out as wrong. If Romney is going to keep the same level of funding while lowering taxes, that means that the amount of debt is going to go up without question.

    August 6, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. DRAKE MALLARD

    The Hypocrisy Behind Draft Dodger/Warmonger Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney's $10000 bet

    i don't care about the poor

    i'm unemployed too

    I Have Some Friends Who Are NASCAR Team Owners

    August 6, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. mk1

    There is absolutely no question if Romney were to win in November things would turn out very badly for the middle class and poor of this country. His tax plans would add trillions to the debt and the only way to pay for them from his perspective is to make up the difference from those in the middle and at the bottom. Any middle class person who votes Republican is voting for higher taxes and fees for them while giving big breaks to the wealthy. How ignorant can that be, but hey, we elected Bush once.

    August 6, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Samsdad

    This is the ultimate irony...coming from 'Robama Hood' himself...the champion of robbing from American tax payers to give to his base of non-tax paying supporters!

    August 6, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. animal48

    the gop is public enemy #1

    August 6, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. GerryOregon

    Wow, Democrats really are getting this playing on the offense thing. I had all but given up on this a couple of years back.
    Yeah, definitely works. Upper cuts and round house kicks are great if they are backed up with the truth

    August 6, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. samikep

    Are you kidding me??? Does Obama really think we will believe this?

    August 6, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I like it !!!!!!

    August 6, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. Ricky Temple

    How many times have candidates made promises or proposals, only to be elected and go back on what they said? It's very sad that our leaders can't be trusted to tell the truth, and can't be held accountable. Until congress can work together on a balanced budget amendment, America is screwed.

    August 6, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    Hey wait a minute, Robin Hood is what the lower income, the minorities were told Obama would be when he would take the money from the rich, open up the banks and spread the wealth evenly amongst everyone and remember they said Obama would also take care of the middle class as he was planning on paying the mortgages. Robin Hood was Obama's nickname by the Democrats, couldn't Obama come up with his own nickname for Romney? You mean David Axelrod couldn't come up with something better???? Here we go again with something else to distract voters away from this lousy economy, lack of money, few jobs.

    August 6, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Myviewis

    Hey wait a minute, Robin Hood is what the lower income, the minorities were told Obama would be when he would take the money from the rich, open up the banks and spread the wealth evenly amongst everyone and remember they said Obama would also take care of the middle class as he was planning on paying the mortgages. Robin Hood was Obama's nickname by the Democrats, couldn't Obama come up with his own nickname for Romney? You mean David Axelrod couldn't come up with something better???? Here we go again with something else to distract voters away from this lousy economy, lack of money, few jobs. Remember when they tried calling Romney a Unicorn then they found out Unicorn is actually something that represents greatness.

    August 6, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. JerseyGirl

    Romney Hood! Too funny! I hope that sticks! Tonight RACHEL MADDOW did a segment on the cons & people who were involved in the Abramoff scandal. (People like Ralph Reed, targeting religious people) They should be in jail. INSTEAD, WHERE ARE THEY NOW?? Well, involved in the Republican Party & looking to make 'ol Romney Hood president, and the infamous Koch Brothers are willing to spend 200 MILLION and more. Looks like calling Willard Romney Hood is going to seem like small potatoes by the time the Repubs get through this. Let's not get them in power, people!!

    August 6, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    That's the perfect analogy. Enough said.

    August 6, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. PhilG

    LOL-Romneyhood-fits Don't know Mitt about poor people to a tee.

    Good one,Barak.

    August 6, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Jack Handy

    Yes, Republicans in general. Except they don't just steal from the poor, but rather anyone they can.

    August 6, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  23. jimbojoker

    Romney Hood show us your taxes, if we cant trust you with your tax returns what can we trust you with?

    August 6, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. Rob

    We are in so much trouble. I've seen three year old's fighting over the sandbox with more dignity than Obama and Romney.

    August 6, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. zevie

    It's time to cut our losses and move on. You tried and failed Obama, now let the grown ups take over.

    August 6, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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