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. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides his money overseas, and a master tax evader as presiden

    What a sharp comeback you dirty norm, now show us the money eh, tax returns.

    August 7, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Obama Mama

    @jsmoulder- we have a plus in jobs, we are nolonger losing them. I rather live in an Obama nation than Romney third world country.

    August 7, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. James PDX

    Romney should lose the election simply for making the worst campaign pun of an already prolifically unpunny campaign season. It doesn't roll off the tongue or feel good to say. It's not clever. It's, well, let's just call it another Mittsfire.

    August 7, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. gino

    Who wrote that for Mitt the Twit? He surely never thought it up himself. His tax plan (such as it is) is exactly what Romney Hood means: take from the poor (and middle class) and give to the rich. Look at the numbers.

    August 7, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't flow as well as Romney Hood does. The problem is that the wealthy aren't really spending so that it trickles down as Romney's plans suggest it will. I believe that trickle down only works in an ideal world. That means that Romney has something in common with Ron Paul; they don't understand the current world.

    August 7, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. NotFooledByDistractions

    sophistry

    I like President Obama. I voted for him. But this quote hurts...

    "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."

    -

    Yeah, it would hurt if it was based in fact, but it's not.

    August 7, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. lolo

    The people behind Romney want Obama to lose so bad that they are triping themselves up daily with their no fact, nonsense reasons to not vote for Obama. They say one thing and do another just like flip-flopping RobMoney. They just don' have no morals or convictions like their nominee Mittens.

    August 7, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jon
    This is what I would like to know ... how is Reid paying 100K a year for a room in the Ritz Carlton on his salary as a Senator? I caluclated this by takign the lowest priced room and multiplying it by 365 ... he doesn't have a low priced room he has a suite which is over $500 per night.
    If you say he is getting a discount because he is a Senator, does he claim the discount on his taxes as income, that is actually a taxable event.

    WHAT!?!?!? Where are you getting any of this information? None of this was even mentioned in the article, or, anywhere. But, no, THAT made up reason is a good reason not to vote Democrat. Why don't you write in Sarah Palin's name on your ballot in November

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "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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    Conservatives are always speaking for 'the American people, and the people they speak for are the 1%. You're right.

    There are tens of thousands fewer government jobs today than when Barack Obama took office. You're wrong.

    The middle class has seen fewer jobs and less income for the past three decades. Where have you been?

    Mitt Romney has a plan for a strong middle class. Bleed it dry, just like a vampire. Mitt Romney has the record setting bank accounts to prove that can and will do exactly that. His political record is something he prefers not to talk about.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. carlos

    I'll keep on saying it: HoodRomney is the biggest imbecile and liar. But as everyone else is saying, MITT MAN PUPPET is MUPPITT........he is getting worse than that woman in alaska,,,,,childish stupidity....

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. JohnW

    Clever retort FAIL! No surprise there.

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Intentionally or otherwise, the fact is that for the past 30+ years, much of the nation's wealth has gradually shifted from the middle and lower classes to the rich, and that is de facto reverse Robin Hood. Raising the tax rates on the top 2% is a small step, but if you really want to see the flow start to reverse we need to raise the current 15% tax rate on capital gains.

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. BlkPwr817

    Wow...What a comeback. & to "JMOULDER", you've already lived in RomneyHood before from 2000-2008. How did that work out for you? Crazy how many Americans & their families suffered during the Bush years & are willing to do it again just because Obama is in office. The facts are out there for you to see. Don't be blinded by HATE & FEAR. Soon you'll understand...OBAMA 2012!

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Obama Mama

    Sophistry -obviously you did not vote for him and you have done no research on Robme blind. His state was 36 in job creation when he took over and 47th when he left. Vulture capitalism at Bain is not moral or make you a creator of jobs. His tax plan is useless to the majority of the US population. It only hurts the middle class and still is mathematically impossible.

    August 7, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Yuri

    It will be hugely heartening to see miserable Mitt lose by a massive margin in this election. Only then will his hubris will know some bounds!

    August 7, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    phearis wrote:

    @Rudy NYC – Once again, you're ignorance is blaming the wrong party. They're called "The Bush Tax Cuts" for a reason.

    "You are blaming one party for not being able to clean/fix up a system that they didn't create, while the party that created is doing everything in their power to stop any effort to clean/fix it up.

    Who is really "the hood"? Who put the policies in place? You're blaming the sheriff for not being able to catch the crooks, when the citizens are helping the crooks get away with their misdeeds."
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    Ignorance is in the eye of the beholder.

    August 7, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Tree

    sophistry

    I like President Obama. I voted for him. But this quote hurts...

    "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."
    Vote for him again, people don't understand that the US was falling, and the President stopped it to land. It take time, we know that. Just think of yourself if you were having problems (money), how long would it take for you to get out of the hut? Maybe a year or two we are talking about a country. Obama is not the cause of this and I will not blame him for my problems. One thing we know for sure Mitt is not for the miiddle class he is for self and Mitt desires to become President will destory the country. He is not fit for modern histroy.

    August 7, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. RickBurn

    Welcome to third grade! Is this really where the American Public, the American Press, and American Politicians want it to be? I am truly beginning to despair! Ignorance Reigns!!!! Let's all vote for the best name-caller!! Social Security, healthcare, a financial system that is out of control, debt and deficit deep enough to drown us all, and the answer is – raise tones of cash to spend putting out messages that call one another names. America is doomed.

    August 7, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. n

    One again, Romney show us your taxes or say good night Gracie.

    August 7, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Susan NO LONGER a REPUBLICAN

    Hey, google Bain Capital and start educating yourselves! Romney is nothing but an immoral crook! Bain is owned by the Mormon church. Tons of money is funneled through that cult tax free organization. A cult that screws America. Joesph Smith the founder and guru of the Mormon church was a simple conman and the church/cult remains that way today!

    August 7, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Obama Mama

    The only thing Mitt will repeal in PPACA is the taxes on drug meds, medical devices, cadillac insurance premiums, the provision that makes the congress use the exchange for their insurance and any other tax that is aimed at big pharma.

    August 7, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Steve

    Mitt believes that Americans are too stupid to understand his complex tax returns.

    August 7, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. cgs

    Silly Obama. Doesn't he know that Robin Hood stole money from the oppressive, tax hungry government to give the money back to the people? That's not a bad thing!

    August 7, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Sue

    Gee whiz, couldn't Romney have been a bit more creative than copying President Obama's new pet name for him? He sounds more like a petulant child than a presidential candidate! But then most of the republican party sound like querulous children!

    August 7, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. jmissal

    So now NEITHER candidate is acting presidential. These wordplay games are fine for staffers; however, in the past, presidential candidates and presidents themselves did not participate in such trivial brinkmanship.

    I'm glad that I am a PROUD independent; I won't feel guilty with not voting for either of these jokers.

    August 7, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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