(WASHINGTON) — After President Obama on Monday night accused Mitt Romney’s tax policy of being a sort of “reverse Robin Hood” — “Romney Hood,” Romney shot back on Tuesday that the president was full of “Obamaloney.”
“We’ve been watching the president say a lot of things about me and about my policies,” Romney said during an interview that aired Tuesday afternoon on Fox News. “They’re just not right. If I were to coin a term it would be ‘Obamaloney.’ He’s serving up a dish which is just simply in contradiction of the truth. And it relates to everything from how I’m going to help the middle class to tax policy. He’s just simply saying things that are not accurate.”
The president and his campaign have repeatedly pointed to a recent study by the Tax Policy Center that found Romney’s economic plan could raise taxes on many Americans while giving new tax breaks to the super wealthy. The Romney campaign has rejected the claim and argued that the study is biased.
“He’d ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year. It’s like Robin Hood in reverse,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Stamford, Conn. on Monday. “It’s Romney Hood.”
Obama said that the Romney campaign has been performing “all kinds of different gymnastics” to try and sell this “trickle-down, tax cut fairy dust.”
Both men have names that lend themselves to tweaking and rhyming, and both have had their names tweaked and rhymed in the past. It’s unlikely to hear either use the one instance of their names being fused together, as former Minnestoa Gov. Tim Pawlenty did more than a year ago when he was running against Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.
“Obamneycare,” was the term coined by Pawlenty to argue that the federal health reform law passed by Democrats bore similarities to the Massachusetts state law enacted by Romney as governor.
But Pawlenty hasn’t used that term in some time and is now considered a contender to be Romney’s running mate.
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