Romney: Obama has a 4-4-4 plan

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a group of supporters during a visit to a GOP phone bank, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Terrace Park, Ohio.
AP Photo/Al Behrman
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
AP Photo/Al Behrman

Riffing on a businessman Herman Cain's "9-9-9" economic plan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried out a new campaign slogan on Wednesday, saying that he's heard that President Obama has a "4-4-4" plan -- four years in office, $4 trillion more in debt, and 4 million jobs lost.

The comments by the former Massachusetts governor, made at a private fundraiser in New York City, played off Cain's proposal to replace the U.S. tax code with a flat tax of 9 percent on income, businesses and consumer goods. However, Romney's 15-minute address to a group of about 300 donors at the Manhattan's Grand Hyatt was mostly about foreign policy and his own ideas for fixing the economy, according to New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox. Romney did not comment on the sexual harassment scandal currently engulfing his rival's campaign.

Event hosts included New York Jets football team owner Woody Johnson and hedge fund manager John Paulson. Outside the hotel, about 15 protesters loosely affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement gathered, some holding signs of Romney in a doctored poster from the film Wall Street and captioned "Greed is good: Romney-Gekko 2012."

  • Sarah B. Boxer On Twitter»

    Sarah B. Boxer covers politics for CBS News.