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. Rosa, b'ham al

    That is not new. I have been saying that about Republicans for years. At least since Reagan's trickle down days in the 80s.

    August 7, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Stephen

    I think we've heard enough about Richy Mitt and his super wealthy buddies and backers. Let's just re-elect Obama and move on.

    August 7, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. dave

    FARM BILL - the farm bill is hung up in Congress because it contains Food Stamp legislation. Republicans are concerned that people getting a couple hundred bucks a month in food stamps might buy somthing that REpublicans do not approve of. However, Romney making the tax payers shell out $77K (tax deduction) for his wife's horse is perfectly OK.

    Welfare for the rich -Yeah

    August 7, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  4. Barnabas

    Decent guess, at lease. Google search reveals it actually sounds like Jesse Jackson; circa 1988: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BIRO23utBc&feature=plcp

    August 7, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. Roger

    Proof is in the puddin! Romney is aware of the unemployment problem in China and will send more of our jobs to help them out. Why change? It's worked well for the wealthy at our expense.
    Obama 2012

    August 7, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. Richard

    Romney is goping to get the shelaking of his life. He is going to feel like those people who his company screwed over. We Americans don't want some snake oil cultist lying every which way he turns to run this great country. When it comes dow to the wire, those numbers that show him close will diappear. He needs to go back into business so he can cheat people without them knowing it. As George Will said, if he has nothing to hide, he should release his taxes, since he has not, he must have something to hide. Democrats have to get the video of Will saying that and incorporate that into an tv ad.

    August 7, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  7. Name

    That's rite Rodney hood and the social security program s.s.d is the shetwood forest

    August 7, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. Peace

    That was an excellent jab Mr. President. Keep it up and hold on to that.

    August 7, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  9. GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    This line is so fitting. It really is Robin hood in reverse when you look at Willard's tax policy. Are you starting to get the narrative on why Willard's tax returns are so relevant? All of this is woven together. Willard and his republican henchmen can attack Sen. Reid all they want, the fact of the matter is that Willard still hasn't released his taxes. You even have republicans like Ed Rollins saying he should release 5 years worth. Show us your papers Romney!!!

    August 7, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. common sense

    And the lies continue to flow from the Romney campaign

    August 7, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. Dumb Lefty

    All Romney has to say is "ObamaMarx".

    August 7, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  12. memo2

    Mr Obama just to let you know, I understand your desperation, it will not be change my decision about Mr Romney to be our United States President on 2012.
    I trust Mr Romney not you, Thank-you.

    August 7, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  13. Island Jack

    I don't see where anything in Romney's "Track Record" has done ANY THING to help the middle class. So who is telling stories here?

    August 7, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  14. Wes

    Hey Mitt, how about some actual plans?

    August 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. jony

    Obama's tactics are Chicago style dirty where you make up stuff and name call. Anything to get the focus off Obama's abysmal record as president. The media helps with fake polls showing Obama ahead when the reality is he is losing in 8 of 10 swing states. Not to mention 400 alumni of Columbia University were interviewed because they were students at the same time Obama claims he was there. Not one of them remember Obama or ever saw him on campus. If Romney was smart he would offer up his tax returns for Obama's Columbia transcripts

    August 7, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. Michael

    Two things: Obama needs to attempt to be original (key word attempt because this guy never even had a real job in his life) in his phrases rather than steal them from others (recall he has been coined Robin Hood in his tax proposals to take from the rich and give to the poor). Second – if Romney is Robin Hood in reverse, we all know Obama is Pinocchio – as his nose just get longer with all the lies he spews.

    August 7, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  17. Sadie Boyd

    Neither Obama or Romney will cut the military industrial complex that kills more people, leaves more people mentally unstable, makes ridiculous errors in spending and is a welfare system for the families living under it's draconian rules...we don't need to call Romney names when our own leader won't hold the military accountable. Who is really running our country?

    August 7, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. IndyNC

    This is NEWS... I mean really we've been saying that about Trickle down economics for 30 years... hell I remember an episode of MAD magazine when I was a kid that had Ronald Regan as "robin hood" – "take from the poor and give to the rich"

    Of course it's pretty much been the focal point of the GOP for the last 30 years – it's not so much that they are out to ROB the poor and middle class as they want to give everything to the rich, which means of course no one else can get anything.

    August 7, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. runner305

    You gotta love the replies that Romney's spokesmen give to things like these. They are usually very lame, and ALWAYS so ridiculously untrue. OBAMA 2012.

    August 7, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  20. Mark

    MItt Romney's plan for a 'stronger middle class' seems the same as Ronald Reagans. Lower taxes and hope for the best. That's not a plan. We've got 30 years of proof it hasn't worked.

    August 7, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. John

    So Romney is still planning on robbing the middle class and giving it to the rich. That is no change. same old Romney.

    August 7, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. ll

    Unfortunately for Romney, who is completely incapable of relating to people, "Romney Hood" is the closest he'll ever get to the hood.

    August 7, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. RB

    "Romney Hood" will no doubt leave the Republican base steaming again today. Good for them ! Let them burn ! For years I have watched the Republicans crucify democrats without mercy. "THEY CAN DISH IT OUT BUT THEY CAN'T TAKE IT" !! They hate that the democrats have had them on the defensive since 2008. But then again the Republicans base is full of nothing but HATE !! When they'd rather see the USA go up in flames than have the President win another term that can only be defined as HATE. You can hide behind your guns and Bibles screaming words of radical wisdom courtesy of Rush L. but your true colors are very clear. I don't hate you or anyone else however I do pity the closed minded conservative.

    August 7, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  24. lesmoore

    "it did not account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate"

    That doesn't even make sense, how does reducing the corporate rate bring more revenue?

    How 'bout we tax the crap out of chinese goods, job exporters and fast food.

    August 7, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. trex

    .....................Romneyhood................Taking the food from Grandma, so that Mr Haliburton can buy his 15th Villa in the South of France.............................

    August 7, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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