August 6th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
6 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. Independent from New Hampshire

    Romney's team is smoking something.

    ""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."

    First: Yes, Obama will raise taxes. On the super rich. So we got that fact out of the way.

    Second: About Americans seeing fewer jobs and lower incomes. Romney camp: been paying attention to how many jobs have been added over the last 3.5+ years after Bush and yourself sent them all away to other countries such as China?

    Third: Your "plan for a stronger middle class." Now THAT is a story, as I haven't seen a shred of evidence that has a plan. There are NO specifics, just generalities that throw out red meat to fools but offer nothing in the way of substance.

    WOW. If you only knew how many independents I know of that are swaying very much toward Obama. Again. I sure hope you are reading this, someone, somewhere out there in the Romney camp.

    August 7, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  2. BeverlyNC

    President Obama is connecting with the People he speaks to even better and better. His statements are honest, heartfelt, and true to his beliefs in standing up for ALL of us. I have great respect for him and cannot wait to watch him win again in November. Romney seems to be losing touch more and far more uncomfortable around the People and unable to answer simple questions or say "hello" without feeling his tension and inability to just be human. He reminds me of a CEO who goes out among the factory workers and seems so out of place and unable to relate at all. On the other hand President Obama is so at ease with the People wherever he goes, has a great sense of humor, and is excellent at explaining what he is FOR and how different he is from Romney (who still has not let us know where he stands on any issue or any clue of his principles or solutions in detail to help Americans). He always leaves me feeling he just read a script and nothing he said can be trusted. It's like he doesn't even believe his own words either. I stand with President Obama who has stood firm for the People, jobs, economic recovery and has show great dignity despite constant disrespect, hate speech, bigotry, and questioning of his heritage. That is a true leader who can set aside the petty and not lose focus on what matters most to restoring the nation.

    August 7, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  3. FooledAgain

    Obama sure is pulling out all the stops, just like the Republicans have ben masters at – ala Swift Boat etc... But no matter how catchy "Romney hood" is, (and Obama's analysis probably isn't right) lowering a rich guy's taxes by $250,000 is not the same as GIVING him $250,000. I wouldn't call raising the taxes of someone who is paying $20,000 a year to $22,000, and lowering the taxes of someone paying $900,000 a year to $650,000 STEALING from the poor and GIVING to the rich. I didn't vote for Obama the first time around for him win a second term by out BSing the Republicans. He's lost my vote. Guess I get to stay home.

    August 7, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  4. Jon

    Dems and republicans just play us against each other so they can do anything they want. Hell, Bill Clinton did nothing to get Bin Laden after first WTC bombing and he is still praised by dems. Obama allows NDAA of 2012 to pass and he is praised by dems. Bush gives Homeland security the power to block any law and he is praised by republicans. I'm voting Independent because I'm not gonna be part of the major problem with the U.S.

    August 7, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  5. Critical

    Yes, beware of Willard Mitt Robmy! (and from more and more silly Clint who endorsed G.W. Bush twice !!!!!)

    August 7, 2012 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  6. Reggie

    Zzzzz....this coming from a guy that snuck 21 tax increases in his "health" care bill that directly effect the middle class

    August 7, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  7. AJ

    Romney stole jobs and shipped them overseas and now have the nerve to say the Amrican people are hurting.

    August 7, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  8. J

    We need to raise taxes.

    August 7, 2012 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  9. petemg

    How pathetic can obama be? He sounds like a child who is afraid of losing so he puts out stupid remarks. Besides who is he kidding. Obama is the real obama hood and not Mr. Romney. How can Obama make promises about affordable health care which will take away much of the privacy of any citizen. Don't people understand that when Obama care takes over fully and completely that the government will have its hands in the finances of each and every person withe capabilities of withdrawing whenever and whatever amount they so choose. Obama needs to quit acting childish and grow up. He is a poor example of a wanna be American. If people want to call him Black, he is an example of a Black with no pride. Get over it and grow up Obama.

    August 7, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  10. Tanr

    There isn't a more apt name for the policies Romney aspires – #Romneyhood

    August 7, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  11. TheLonelyLoner

    Like him or dislike him, you have to admit, him and his team are pretty good political strategists. "Romney Hood". Haha, it fits so well. Add it to the list. I prefer the Etch-a-Sketch one.

    August 7, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  12. dave

    Folks don't get as rich as Romney without taking money from people.

    August 7, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  13. Scott

    Once again Obama is working on distorting the truth. Since day one in office this clown has lied to the American public. Obama has no shame he will say anything to get peoples mind off of his failed ecomonic policies and from Solyndra to selling guns to drug cartels. Shame on Obama a president for the corrupt.

    August 7, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  14. Larry

    Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class – and, unlike President Obama, a record of accomplishment behind it."

    Careful, don't step in the Republican B.S. Mitt has a record all right but no one knows what it is yet cause he won't discuss it.

    August 7, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  15. Triple A

    Coming from the "We need to Spread the wealth" President. Funny

    August 7, 2012 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  16. Steve

    You know what would be great? If you – the journalist – could actually add of depth to the story by researching the main point of contention upon which the entire story revolves.

    For instance, how does lowering (or not lowering) the corporate tax rate have any effect on personal income tax rates?

    Isn't the purpose of a journalist to help to educate the people? Instead you've given us garbage. Thanks.

    August 7, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  17. aCriticalEye

    GOP = Greed Over People
    OBAMA in '12

    August 7, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  18. ch

    Got to love it, nobama using a fairy tale to describe Romney. You do understand why he used this fairy tale? Because he has no facts just making up stories like normal

    August 7, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  19. Whome

    Name calling and blame, very presidential. What did you know about the Fast and Furious and when did you know it?

    August 7, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Everything about the flop flopper is about the rich.
    I can't believe the lies this twit's campaign is showing on TV.
    The DNC needs to get a move on. All you have to do is show what the bully bishop said from the moment he started campaigning to now. He believed one thing now he believes something else and, like a chameleon (sorry little guys), he changes colors depending on the crowd (small as it might be).

    August 7, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  21. False Left Right Paradigm

    I see no comments now, but I suspect in no time the comments will be filled with childish attacks from BOTH brainwashed, dumbdowned Republicans and Democrats that think their team is some how the lesser of the two evils so they somehow are suppose to feel like they have won something by supporting one of the two parties. Sad

    August 7, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  22. Sik-N-Tired

    The blatently false information throughout this presidential campaign is the worst I have seen. It only discredits the credibility of the presidential office. Do these "gentlemen" really believe the US population is stupid enough not to see through the outright lies. What a at any cost. It really isnt that dificult. Look at the track records of both contenders and it ebcomes very easy to see whom is the lesser of two evils.

    August 7, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  23. VVVVVV

    Don't let them fool you.. The DNC is more likely to raise taxes on all groups than the GOP. DNC controlled states have higher taxes on everybody.

    August 7, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  24. Gabbo

    Obama is a beaten man – President Romney will help us put this wasted 4 years behind us very shortly !

    August 7, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  25. Jdh

    Play the class warfare card, again and again, cause that's all he's got!

    August 7, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
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