WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Speaking during a Tele-town hall meeting with Iowa supporters, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney took a shot at President Barack Obama for his upcoming family vacation to Hawaii over the holidays.

"His idea of a "hands on" approach to the economy is getting a grip on his golf club. He's going off for 17 days in Hawaii," Romney said. "He'll be playing a lot of golf. He told Congress that they need to stay in session and pass his tax breaks for the payroll tax and that they shouldn't leave for vacation until they did that. And yet, he's going off for 17 days and for golf in the sun."

"I just think it's time to have a president whose idea of being 'hands-on' doesn't mean getting a better grip on the golf club, " Romney added.

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Democrats wasted little time Monday in blasting back against Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of "phoning it in" during his last year in office, and on the campaign trail.

"Today, Romney held a fundraiser at his mansion in San Diego and a 'Tele-town hall' with voters where he phoned in an attack on the president," The Democratic National Committee said in a statement. "As governor, Romney spent 212 days of his last year as governor outside Massachusetts. With Romney phoning-it-in so much, it's little wonder that Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation on his watch."

Romney said similar critical remarks about Obama's Hawaii trip while campaigning in New Hampshire over the weekend.

Obama was born and raised in Hawaii, and has returned a couple times to the island of Oahu to visit famiily, and longtime friends.