August 6th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
11 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. g

    like they say [JOE down the street is not going to give you a job] I say JOE did not send his job overseas ROMNEY did

    August 7, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. uv


    Rob from the poor and give to the rich!!! How stupid is that statement? What poor people do you know that actually pay taxes?

    Mfox, Do you bother to read or listen what president said? It is not poor ppl but the middleclass will be paying more taxes and rich will be getting tax breaks and this is NOT according to president btw!

    August 7, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Love

    It's funny because it's true

    August 7, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Malory Archer


    Malory Archer

    Was in response to your bogus claim that children were included in the % of non tax paying americans.

    Like I said, nice try.


    In other words, they're working Americans who don't make enough money to survive, much less pay taxes. Or they're like mittens who have so many writeoffs that they're due a refund at the end of the year. Perhaps you should demand that the employers of the former pay them enough for them to have "some skin in the game", and that the tax codes change to ensure the latter pays at least something.

    August 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. hannah

    The wealthy have 21 trillion in foreign that they are not paying taxes on. Just think what that would do to getting more teachers and bringing down the debt. But the right wing wants to do it on the backs of the poor and middle class. This is a class war and they, the wealthy are winning.

    August 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Independent, in Texas

    So...whats new about that? Take from the poor to give to the just the way it is.........

    August 7, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Canadian Jim

    Romney Hood, Romney Hood riding through the glen
    Romney Hood, Romney Hood, with his band of merry men
    HE steals from the poor and gives to the rich
    stupid, bitc....
    (Apologies to Monty Python)

    August 7, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Eric

    Obama is getting increasingly desperate to come up with this kind of drivel.

    August 7, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. cgs

    Is Obama too dumb to realize that Robin Hood stole from the government and gave it back to the people not the other way around?

    August 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. PeterD

    Romney Hood is Better than Muslim Brother Hood.

    August 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Wilson

    ""Care to explain WHY he's unqualified? Here's the record he's going to destroy Willard with....

    Ended Iraq War....................LIE, all Obama did was follow Bush's schedule that was already put in place.
    Killed Bin Laden...................GOOD decision to have the SEAL team take him out.
    AHCA...............................21 new taxes for the hard working middle class = very BAD
    Didn't let Detroit go Bankrupt.........I'm kinda up in the air on this one. Don't like him giving the unions control, and maybe allowing them to go bankrupt would have allowed the companies to come back better.
    Repealed DADT...............Very BAD, pandering to a minority. This has not done the morale of the military any good. I work with them every day and have seen it.
    Bail Out which prevented recession...............No evidence of this at all. The economy has recovered even more slowly than it would have if left on its own. According to economists not in the Obama pockets.
    (pretty good for 3.5 years and complete obstruction)....................................Not really, things were tanking even more quickly until the elections of 2010 which allowed brakes to be put on his country crippling agenda.

    August 7, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. BeezNeez


    But why does it take politics for them to get rich?

    August 7, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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