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. rs

    Republicans are absolutely ight. Class warfare MUST end, epecially when it is "take from the middl class and poor and give to the rich". Romneynomics won't work. Its the same as Bush-o-nomics and we all (well maybe not the GOP) know where that got us.

    August 6, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. Barnacle Bob

    Ahhh, of course....a reduction in the corporate rate as well. That will solve everything. Now it makes much more sense.

    August 6, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. judith

    Indeed, Romney and the Republicans are "robin hood in reverse." Perhaps, Mitt deserves the nickname Robmey. He certainly is not connecting with ordinary workers who have made his profits possible. The American worker has been screwed over by the Robmeys and their ilk for 30 years now, since these Corporate Vultures decided all our manufacturing jobs could abandon their communities in America and exploit slave labor offshore. All so Mitt and the one-percenters could make out like bandits. When did greed become a virtue?

    August 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Ben

    I don't know Romney Hood and Robin Hood, but I do know this...

    Those making $3,000,000 a year already pay a lower tax rate than I do. At least that's true of Mitt Romney and John Kerry (this is not a partisan issue). And my annual salary? They make that in about a week.

    That's just flat out wrong.

    Mitt Romney sees the world from their point of view. He thinks those $3,000,000 million a year folks are here to save us all. And if it ever comes down to a choice between helping me and helping a millionaire, Mitt Romney will help the millionaire.

    August 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. HumbleTruth

    For someone that is trying to remove work requirements from wellfare, I find his words hypocritical – To the max. Obama quit trying to pick the winners and loosers and let a free society practice it's freedom without you handing out our cash to everyone you can buy a vote from.

    August 6, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. Bart

    Romney was 46th in the nation in job creation as governor of Massachusetts. That is his record.

    August 6, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. HumbleTruth

    President Reagan lowered taxes and the economy thrived! Clinton raised taxes and barely balanced the budget. Bush went to war and spent to much. Obama gives it to GM, calls it stimulus/bailout and the taxpayer is left with the bill.

    What a failed president!

    August 6, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. polite centrist

    "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."

    But it might have included the LOSS of revenue which occurs when you cut taxs.

    August 6, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Wow! Señor Judas-in-Chief, I opine differently. I really think its "Obama Hood". You are extorting from everyone (low-income class, middle class and higher income individuals) and giving the "it" to people who have no intention of getting or helping themselves get off the dole. Simply, all in exchange for prospective votes.

    How shameful!

    This president has been lying right to the faces of the American populace since before HE was sworn into office. And then when things go well with none of it HIS doing, HE attempts to take credit. Example: (One of numerous; besides the economy, jobs, etc., etc., etc.): HE gutted the space exploration program and now he wants to take credit for their recent success, something that he essentially had nothing to do with. Essentially, he was an obstacle to space exploration rather than helping to advance the program.

    It's beyond me how this Judas still manages to continue to fool a considerable number of Americans.

    Are we REALLY that gullible?! For our sake and the future of America, I hope NOT!!!

    August 6, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. ARMYCSM

    Little Richie Rich Romney is mouth piece for the wealthy, simply stated.

    August 6, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. neoritter

    I think I'm going to decide who I vote for in this election by who attacks the other side the least. That includes attacks made by fellow party members.

    August 6, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. Sydnium S. Washington

    Too corny to make a moniker for Mitt here...

    August 6, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Antony Williams

    Where is romny plan , send job to china or plan for china

    August 6, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. Mike

    Obama didn't built that sound bite.

    August 6, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. cali girl

    If it is Robin Hood in reverse, that makes Robmey the Sheriff on Nottingham. The guy who wants to take everything from the poor and leaves them to fend for themselves.

    August 6, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Michael

    Is the president seriously trying to infer the GOP's main goal is to make their buddies richer? /sarcasm

    August 7, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. mommytwice

    anyone who has looked at the Ryan tax plan that Romney has endorsed will see clearly that that is exactly what Romney intends to do. It's all about the rich for him, and I can't imagine anyone anywhere would vote for this soul-less corporate raider.

    August 7, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. fred37ify

    Rather have Romneyhood then the Chicago hood like we got now !111111111

    August 7, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. thomas

    Obama, Uncle Bens is looking for another spokesperson, time to apply!

    August 7, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. JL. Taylor

    Please Keep this line of atack up. Romney is a man who stands for nothing.
    Well maybe he stands for enriching himself.

    August 7, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. The Prince of Common Cents

    Dear President Obama: Define your opponent FIRST before he defines you. Continue to keep your opponent on the DEFENSE while you stay on the OFFENSE. Never give him the slightest edge to "one up" on you and your re-election is gauranteed come NOVEMBER.

    Signed,

    The Middle Class

    August 7, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. kevgood

    Stealing from the poor to give to the rich. "Romney Hood." It would be hilarious if it wasn't true.

    August 7, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  23. clemvinson71

    hmmm... If Mitt has such a great plan for america, why doesn't he share it with us. He won't even share his own tax plan with us, let alone the one he has for the nation. At least Obama has proven where his priorities are. Mitt wants us to be happy with the wait and see approach. The only actual number I've heard from Mitt is 12 million jobs in four years. No explanation, just a number. Mitt's avoidance of details is disturbing. No substance to the man at all... reminds me of G.W. (and we all saw how well that went)

    August 7, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  24. Larry

    Why is it that I dont see all the right wingers on here defending romney? Oh thats right someone used facts. Truth hurts too bad most of the people supporting dont want to hear the truth thats ok elect him then see what happens to your taxes, unless your worth millions upon millions your taxes will go way up

    August 7, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. chuck weidemann

    What has Romney really accomplished? Making himself and his partners more wealthy....good for him. Has he built schools,made better teachers,installed programs to retrain laid off workers.....has he even organized a community??? He worked on the Olympics? Yes using federal monies which would never have been appropriated if he were president at the time. Remember he likes to fire people and wants to eliminate the dept.of education. Obama has in fact pinned an appropriate logo on Robbing Romney. Taking from the not having much and the just scraping by and giving to the have a lots.

    August 7, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
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