Romney: President's jab is a bunch of 'Obamaloney'
August 7th, 2012
01:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: President's jab is a bunch of 'Obamaloney'

(CNN) – The political puns won't stop.

After being labeled "Romney Hood" - Robin Hood in reverse - by the president Monday, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney fired back with his own wordplay Tuesday, calling President Barack Obama's jab a bunch of "Obamaloney."

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"He is serving up a dish that is in contradiction to the truth," Romney said in an interview with Fox News.

Romney's lunch meat rebuttal came the day after Obama, speaking at a campaign rally in Connecticut, railed against Romney's tax proposals, saying they amount to "Robin Hood in reverse."

"It's Romney Hood," the president added to loud applause from 500 supporters in a Stamford, Connecticut ballroom.

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.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams responded to the president's remarks in a statement Monday night, 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."

CNN's Alex Mooney and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "Obamaloney" has Newt Gingrich written all over it.

    August 7, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. loada crap

    Last time I heard this kind of dumb name-calling was recess on the playground.

    August 7, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. obama sucks

    romney should reveal his taxes once open opens up his selective service records, school records, birth certificate and so forth and so on. Who cares about rmoney's taxes?? we should and need to be more concerned with what obama is doing with OUR MONEY. Don't hate on success that's the American dream

    August 7, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Wilson

    @Rudy NYC

    Former Dem wrote:

    Guys i voted for Obama in 2008 but will not anymore. He did not do anything for me but just raised taxes on me....
    ----
    Your pants are on fire. There have been absolutely no tax increases, nothing but cuts.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."
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    Rudy, you are technically correct, there have been no tax increases. But, you leave out the fact that the deductions have changed, i.e. been reduced, which a normal person will see as a "tax increase."
    Come on you and the other liberal schills on here, tell ALL the facts, or as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."

    August 7, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. TAK

    If I were one of these Super-Pacs who are throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at Mitt Romney and the best he can come up with is "Obamaloney," I'd ask for an accounting ... or my money back.

    August 7, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Dave

    Wow...isn't romney cleaver!

    August 7, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Joe

    Romney Hood and Obamaloney. How presidential. That kind of debate belongs on a kindergarten playground; not in the election for the most powerful office on the planet. They're a couple of disgraces – both of them.

    August 7, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. grannie22

    Go Romeny!!!! Go Romeny!!!!!! Go Romeny!!!!!

    2012!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Hap

    myviews Clinton was in England on a Rhodes Scholorship and registered when he returned but was not drafted, O'bama was too young for the draft. Mitsy hid in France for almost three years, and recieved 4 deferments from the draft. That means at least 4 other people served in his place and may have died in his place, no comparision. Coward, nothing but a coward. Makes GWB look like Rambo, please don't vote for a draft dodger of the first order to be commander in chief. That coward doesn't have a patriotic bone in his body, but will tell you he does or anything else (except how much he paid in taxes) to get elected.

    August 7, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Independent

    Come on now what does Romney know about baloney?

    August 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Doc

    @enabler –

    You need to go back to school son! Congress is responsible for creating or changing the law and the last time I checked at least one of the chambers was controlled by Republicans that have no interest in closing loopholes. Also, I believe President Obama tried to get the tax breaks for the wealthiest discontinued but the Republicans would have none of it!

    By the way Romney's rebuttal was lame! Lame=Fail

    August 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Andy

    Romney Hood.. Obamaloney...Tough issues. Good thing this is a popularity contest and not a race for the leadership of the free world.. oh wait..

    August 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. You're comback is bad. . . .

    . . . and you should feel bad.

    August 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. labman57

    In both policy positions and plays on words, Team Romney comes up short.

    August 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Joe

    "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."

    Will someone please explain how you get additional tax revenue by reducing the corporate tax rate? That just doesn't make sense.

    August 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    Joe

    "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."

    Will someone please explain how you get additional tax revenue by reducing the corporate tax rate? That just doesn't make sense.
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    Obviously you are not an accountant.

    August 7, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. FedUp

    Love it! Isn't campaign season just wonderful? I still think there should be a 30 day campaign period. That way, we don't have to listen to all this baloney in any language!

    August 7, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I have one question for Mitt, HOW DID YOU GET 101 MILLION DOLLARS in an IRA account???????????????

    August 7, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. JohnW

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE
    After 4 years of seeing what Obama is about, the lies he's told this country, the failed policies he has wrought on this land...
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    So name some. I see tons of right-wingers spewing garbage like this and not one of them can name the awful things he's done. Let's see the list. Show us that you're not just throwing out rhetorical invective.

    August 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I love this stuff; a new word has been added to America's vocabulary, and it's so appropriate, so on point. LOL.

    August 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. g

    How in the world can Robmey have a tax deferred IRA with 100 million dollars in it, when the maximum annual contribution allowed is six thousand dollars? To acquire a 100 million dollar balance, Robmey must be really old?

    August 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. CBR

    Governor Romney is now hoping that people will believe everything he says and will not question anything. The truth is there are questions for Mr. Romney and he is not answering any of them. He has not quite told the whole story about his governorship. He lets people believe that he was in charge for the whole 4 years. It does not take a genius to figure out that the last two years he was running for President. Lt. Governor Healey was in charge.

    Why hasn't he filed his 2011 Taxes. It is now August and they have not been filed. What is in his tax record that might be questionable. The longer he takes to file his 2011 tax returns and refuses to show any other tax records the more questions he will face.

    His tax plan will not help us. Instead of fixing his plan he is blaming the independent agency that calculated the figures in his plan. His health plan was found to have flaws as well. The costs were not anticipated to be as high as they are. The plan also determines that those who carry the plan must purchase their drugs from CVS. So much for worrying about small businesses. Locally owned pharmacies are disappearing so fast.

    People need to really delve into his plans and ideas to see just what he proposes. Unless people push hard Mr. Romney will leave us all in the dark. We just might wake up on the Wednesday after election day to discover that what we thought we knew about Mr. Romney is not the real truth.

    August 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. jpmichigan

    I just wonder, how many of the comments are coming from the Obama campaign office in Chicago? Obama is the Piped Piper of Chicago, instead of a pipe he uses his rhetoric to have the American people follow his deception of " FOREWARD" like the one of "HOPE AND CHANGE". He caused lack of hope and created a mountain full of change byway of policies and regulation.

    August 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Myviewis

    Hap

    myviews Clinton was in England on a Rhodes Scholorship and registered when he returned but was not drafted, O'bama was too young for the draft. Mitsy hid in France for almost three years, and recieved 4 deferments from the draft. That means at least 4 other people served in his place and may have died in his place, no comparision. Coward, nothing but a coward. Makes GWB look like Rambo, please don't vote for a draft dodger of the first order to be commander in chief. That coward doesn't have a patriotic bone in his body, but will tell you he does or anything else (except how much he paid in taxes) to get elected.
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    First of all Obama could have volunteered to serve in the military 30 years ago which would make him 21, he could have done it 15 years ago, people can volunteer to the military whether there is a war or not. Clinton worked for a Senator that got him excused, in exchange Clinton was to serve in the ROTC and never did. Try researching President Clinton next time.

    August 7, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Art Herman

    Pass it on ....

    I PAID MORE TAXES
    THAN MITT OMNEY

    August 7, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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