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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soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Mitt the Twit

    Mitt – release your tax plan, release your tax returns, or else shut up about other people 'cos you've offered NOTHING

    August 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Z_2k

    The whole Democratic party is spewing Obamaloney as a diversion to the the main issues, and a smoke screen to the fact that, for the past 3.5 years, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE. Has ANYONE'S life-situation improved during Obi-wan-obama's presidency ? JOBS...? Yeah, right !

    August 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Thump

    Reacting to the Obama campaign again (and doing it badly). Further proof that Romney is behind and doesn't have good campaign handlers. Obama is defining Romney.

    August 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    let's play out obama's current record another 4 years.... in 2016 we'll be at 94 straight months of record unemployment over 8%, we'll have $22 TRILLION in debt with $2 TRILLION annual deficits. our healthcare system will be destroyed as employers now find it impossible to offer health insurance so just pay the fine. we are all dependent on the federal government for our healthcare. 100 million people will be on food stamps, 200 million on social security or disability. the workforce will be down to 100 million people all paying 70% tax rates to support the massive government structure and gravy train.

    sounds more like obamageddon to me.

    August 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. v_mag

    Independent said: " Guess what.....the rich EARNED that money!!!! "
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    LMFAO. Very few of the rich got the bulk of their money from anything the rest of us would recognize as "work". Most inherited, or got a giant helping hand from a rich relative. Once they got it, they invested in something that would give them high returns, like owning a politician or twelve. They used that to jack with the tax codes and subsidies and so forth so that they could steal from the American taxpayer, one of whom is yours truly. I don't appreciate them stealing from me. You can defend them all you like, but you're a fool to do so.

    August 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. patNY

    I'm sorry, Mitt, but's that a lame attempt at trying to top Romney Hood!

    August 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. ejktexas

    Wow, we've clearly entered the final phase with the two coming up with clever names for each other. Only 3 more months of this BS?

    August 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Penobscot

    If anyone knows anything about the Hood it is Obama.

    August 7, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. larry banal

    sounds like an old little richard song...mitt ROBmey is going to need more than that

    August 7, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Ha, ha! Obamaloney (Obamalooney?), that's a very good one! I opine Mr. Romney has outdone the Attacker/Divider-in-Chief, AGAIN!!! I told you once Mr. President, and I will tell YOU again; people that live in glass houses should not throw stones (particularly if they don't own the houses and are living in them temporarily).

    Lets see what YOU and YOUR lying/moronic election team will come up with now. Maybe, just maybe something will eventually stick. YOUR latest and most ferocious attack dogs (Senile Reid/Bobble Head Pelosi/Debbie (Whats-her-Man) Wasserman) lost their mandibles quite sometime ago.

    Mr. Obamaloney, (I got a real good chuckle out of this one) keep trucking...

    August 7, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    Reid is a Lier, thats a FACT, Pelosi is an inside trader on the backs of the American people and obama is a joke and not even a funny joke, all losers and wannabe's. Vote Them All OUT !

    August 7, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    I don't think voters are paying much attention to Obama when they are busy penny pinching, using as many coupons as they can at the grocery store, nervous of not finding a job soon or losing the job they have, asking for payment plan from the bank to pay the mortgage and so on and so on and so on. Voters are going through too much financial stress to think that Obama would be good for another 4 years and all these non-sense from Robin Hood, war on women, Reid lying about Romney, is not bringing jobs to the voters and not making the economy any better. Obama should stop wasting time on all this 7th grade garbage and invest that time on the economy and jobs.

    August 7, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Sniffitt

    Hi, I'm Sniffit and I type with one hand because I pick my nose with the other.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    Willard is that you trolling here? Get back to Fehrnstrom and get us your taxes, little boy!
    Fake handles are about on the Willard level of lameness. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Can't blame you since the real Sniffit is infinitely more intelligent than you...Carry on, junior.

    August 7, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Zil Zerimar

    Mitty the Witty alias Pooper refusal to show us his 10 year tax returns which was started by his good father George Romney is the real Romneygate. Now we can conclude that he is hiding awful that could end his candidacy for president. How can you trust a person like that and he is not even the president yet. If he becomes the president, God forbid, what will happen to America.

    August 7, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Pedro

    wow. My biggest fear when GW was president is the dumbing of America. This election season shows we are regressing to childhood name calling. This is no wonder this country is heading to hell in a hand basket; we are playing to the lowest common denominator.

    August 7, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Romney's $ 100 million IRA ...WHERE DID IT COME FROM !!!!

    This is for all of you Romney supporters of corruption ......So some of you say Romney shouldn't release his past tax info , well geuss what ? If he doesn't release them , he's toast and if he does , he's toast Your ever loving republican party knows that he's a time bomb waiting to implode......President Obama was bashed about a birth certificate in which it had no connection to our nation security , so all media outlets and the American people need and will see this infomation .....sooner or later Romney is done . So keep holding that position about not releasing at least 10 yrs of returns and watch your canidate fall like a egg to the floor !!!

    August 7, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. v_mag

    " if there was a problem the IRS would know it. "

    G_d, how many times can the right wingers get it wrong? The point is that Mittler more than likely used vast loopholes in the law to pay next to nothing in taxes, which means that I and other taxpayers are subsidizing a guy who has hundreds of millions of dollars. The American public has a right to know if this is the case, and every time Mitt refuses to show his taxes, the evidence for him being on welfare grows.

    August 7, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Thunderbolt

    You people crack me up. Can anyone really be that stupid? I guess we all know now, what kind of deal was struck between Reid and Obama during the health care reform fiasco.. I would make a deal with Obama. I know how you guys like compromise,.....right? I would turn over my tax records when Obama unsealed the facts about Fast and Furious. Or how about his college records, or all the others he had sealed. I am more interested in seeing what Obama is hiding from us, not Romney. If he used the loopholes that these crooks in congress gave him, I would have done it too. All this class warfare to hide a sitting Presidents records. Not to mention, to try and keep us talking about anything except the economy, his failed policies, and his broken promises. What a loser Obama turned out to be. He isn't even man enough to do his own dirty work. Leaking information to the media, Making deals, with those that would sale out for a little favor. Or maybe we should know more about Obama's part in the solyndra rip off that we all watched while the CEO's take the fifth. I already mentioned Fast and Furious. But you guys want us to think Romney has something to hide.....please, Nobody has more to hide than Obama, and he is doing a good job of it because the media is in his pocket. Obama has done this crap from day 1 . You know it, I know it, hell, even they know it.......thats why they are so upset. Obama's inner circle are all crooks, and i bet none of these twits paid any taxes. Why don't we hear cries about Obama's sealed records? What about Fast and Furious? Why don't Obama and you people that support him afraid to talk about the economy? Or how Obama's policies have worked so far?Talk about a worthless crook in the White House, Obama makes Bush look like a pre-schooler.I guess the media does have its point tho. They sure can lead the blind by the nose after looking at some of the articles and remarks. And I'm suppose to believe they are the smart ones?.........Good luck with that.

    August 7, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. RJW

    I have such confidence in our choices for President. Romney Hood? Obamaloney? What are they, in 5th grade? The American economy is stuck in first gear, the European economy is on the brink of collapse, the Middle East is on the verge of exploding, people in this country are killing each other in rampages, and our Presidential candiates are playing "I know you are, but what am I?" Give me a break.

    August 7, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. pkbkr

    these guys both sound like middle age kids on the school yard......Let's talk about PLANS for the next 4 years, and Obama will win hands down! He's for the average guy......Mittens for the rich and famous! Obama/Biden 2012

    August 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. dave

    what ever you right wingnuts say the taxes need to be released or you surely will give up the white house AND YOU ALL KNOW IT!

    August 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. 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, it is down right scary there are so many dumb people in this country still willing to vote for him and watch him destroy the country with another 4 years in office.

    Of course, if he does do that, he and the Democrats will blame others as they ALWAYS DO. Like Obama, they simply will not take responsibility for their destructive acts, just as they refused to accept responsibility for the destruction of the financial system with their houses for people that can't afford them program.

    The American people woke up in 2010 and will again in 2012. Hopefully it wil not be too late to reverse the damage Obama, Reid and Pelsoi have done over the last 6 years.

    August 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. MillieBea

    Oh, Mitt- why are you using the Olympics for your political gain-? Th last thing someone who was "committed to the Olympic ideals" would do...
    "Obamaloney"? He can't even create a good disparaging word where there is so much material- like Obamabaloney- which is what I think he was going for- if THIS is hard for him.....yikes.....

    August 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Romney's $ 100 million IRA ...WHERE DID IT COME FROM !!!!

    @myview , just tell Romney to release his returns and we will see who's the more viable canidate , and it sure ain't Romney ......how does an public IRA grow to a $ 100 million when your only allowed to contribute $ 30,000 anually ? Ansewr that question or vote for Obama..................You and Romney have some explaining to do ?

    August 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Bob

    Everything about Mittens is a fraud and a lie.

    August 7, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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