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. JackinStack

    It's like he's a kid on the playground making cracks about other 8th graders. This is the President of the USA. Unbelievable.

    August 7, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Joerocket

    Obama, take from everyone and give to King Obama.

    August 7, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. brian

    additional revenue as a result of REDUCING the corporate tax rates?!??!?! by that logic I should ask my boss to reduce my salary so I can get additional revenue. What planet does he come from?

    August 7, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Name Tiesha

    Ha ha ha Barack that's funny man.

    August 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. tom in San Diego

    Yeah and Obama is the Sheriff of Nuttingham...

    Obama has already proven he'd like the ditzy spender that says...How can I be out of money, I still have checks in my checkbook?

    August 7, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Rickd

    What accomplishments. Romney hasn't made money for any one except himself. You want your money and jobs to go south, (or west). Vote Romney.

    August 7, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  7. Brucew29

    I believe that President Obama has it right about Romney... Romney is a Robin Hood in reverse... Romney wants to continue the Republican Way... Rob the middle class and give to the upper class!

    If you can't beat them then join them!

    The old proverb, "If you can't beat them, join them", was adopted by the Mafia years ago. The Mafia couldn't beat government so the Mafia joined government! The old Mafia, now being a part of government, now call themselves "Republicans"!

    August 7, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  8. zaggs

    "non-partisan Tax Policy", how does a paper by two left leaning think tanks and co-authored by a former Obama adviser equal "non partisan"?

    August 7, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  9. NN

    Romney's record of accomplishment is a record of self-enrichment. Any claims to the contrary are pure fabrication.

    August 7, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  10. Tom Joad

    The rich wont be happy until we all live in cells.

    August 7, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  11. lies from obama (and mabye his father)

    Does anyone have a good argument saying why this man should be president? One that does not include saying Mitt romney or republicans or acussing anybody of anything. Does such a thing exist? Do you know? If you do, please tell me, i am very unsure.

    August 7, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  12. Reggie from LA

    Yeah. Romney Hood. Has a nice ring to it. Probably because it rings true. OMG people are stubborn and stupid. Romney tells us outright that he is going to cut taxes for the rich and we just...believe that they are "job creators". He keeps calling them that. "Obama is pounding on the job creators." Does that make sense? Who's gonna prevent people who are creating jobs from doing so? Duh!! They need to pay their taxes. Does anyone remember Leona Helmsly when she said that paying taxes is for the "little people"? Does anyone even care that we are being treated that way?

    August 7, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. Nodack

    Obama's stories aren't true? Obama was just quoting a non partisan report.

    August 7, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Reverse Robinhood is right!!!!!!! Still from the poor to give to the rich!!!!!!! Where are those taxes Govenor? Just give me one complete year and I will shut up. Heck, you can even pick the year!!!!

    August 7, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  15. Brucew29

    I believe that President Obama has it right about Romney... Romney is a Robin Hood in reverse... Romney wants to continue the Republican Way... Rob the middle class and give to the upper class!

    If you can't beat them then join them!

    The old proverb, "If you can't beat them, join them", was adopted by the Mafia years ago. The Mafia couldn't beat government so the Mafia joined government! The old Mafia, now being a part of government, now call themselves "Republicans"!

    August 7, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  16. Crazy Stuff

    Obama 2012

    August 7, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  17. J.V.Hodgson

    I would love to know how a corporate tax reduction has any impact on the INCOME TAX payable by anyone.
    You see Mr Romney spokesman Ryan Williams I have a salary and allowances and pay Income taxes state and federal on my taxable income... my small business owner, big business owners savings in corporate taxes even if he/they uses them to increase my salary only increases my Income taxes!!
    To have any validity your statement assumes a reduced rate of corporate taxes =
    1) Increased corporate tax revenue ( not a certainty) that can then be used to offset the increased income tax as the current Romney plan does by $2000. But Romney plans don't define how that will be done. All this is not according to Obama but an independent panel that includes a former Bush advisor!!
    2) Obama has NOT proposed or implemented tax increases on the middle class only ( reductions) on those earning over $200K single or $250K married, and before you warble again that only impacts 3% of all small business owners and they can manage just fine.
    All this is noted in the non partisan report Obama is quoting. Stop rhetoric that sounds good and support it with how those additional ( debateable corporate taxes) will be applied to low / middle class income tax earners without further reducing taxes on the rich as well!!
    Repubican tax theory is 2+2 dont equal 4 but 22; but thats fine 4 to minions ( middle class) and 18 to us rich!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 7, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  18. Ant

    If Mitt have a better plan he has to put it public and show the Amecan people his taxe return like his father did. I believe if Mitt. R does not show the American people his taxe return he will regret that in November 06. Obama needs to put presure on his people to do more in the economic.

    August 7, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  19. b

    the sad truth is: If President Obama was the one who was withholding tax information, he would have immediately been called a crook,thug or worst! It is awful how this situation is so one-sided. Mitt Romney's FATHER was quoted as saying anyone who can't show his tax returns is hiding something. Stop protecting this guy and see him for what he is

    August 7, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  20. kel

    Mittens must release his tax returns. Even John McCain passed him over for Sarah Palin after he released 23 years of tax return. What is Mittens hiding? Harry Reid called him out about him not paying taxes. Outrageous it may be from Harry Reid–Mittens can quickly disproved Harry by releasing his tax returns. Release the tax returns to see if Harry's lying. Prove him wrong Mittens!

    I believe there's something there Mittens don't want us to see.

    August 7, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  21. dljr

    our president has established a new low in gamesmanship. I feel like we are seeing SNOOKY JERSY SHORE levels of dialogue than statesmanship and regality that was once the form of discussion in the USA. We can do better that this. Or are we that far under as a nation?

    August 7, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  22. Sir Derp

    "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."

    HAHAHAHAHA

    August 7, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  23. ourjungle

    Romney takes his own money and gives much to charity. Obama takes our money and gives much to the muslim brotherhood, illegal immigrants,and his corporate cronies.

    August 7, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  24. Frank

    There is a problem with the term "Romney hood" as a reference to "Robin Hood". Robinhood stole from the GOVERNMENT and gave the money to the poor. He did NOT steal from the citizens.
    Regards,

    August 7, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  25. King

    Romney plan is to give more money to rich who are already saturated with trillions on their books and still wont hire. do mitten really think at a time when the rich are paying less taxes than anytime in history, less corporate taxes than most countries in the industrial world, I know the repubs will shout that American companies are the number one in the world in highest corporate taxes, but no company pay that high taxes. a matter of fact most companies in America pays less than half that, while some dont pay no taxes at all and some even get tax money instead of paying
    any, look at GE. the repubs will have you think that high taxes are the reason why all these over successful businesses are hoarding trillions and wont hire folks. its good when your rich and powerful because you can feed the people crap, and their is no one on your level to opposed you. we might not have another president like Obama who is willing to fight on th average people against the rich and powerful, and their repub lackies.

    August 7, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
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