Mitt Romney on Monday blasted President Obama for planning his Christmas vacation while suggesting Congress cancel theirs. 

"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 said in a tele-townhall Monday evening with Iowans. 


"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," Romney said. "And yet, he’s going off for seventeen days and for golf in the sun."

Obama is headed to Hawaii on Dec. 17, where he usually spends the Christmas holiday. The vacation is scheduled to last 17 days, according to the White House. Last year, the First Family enjoyed snorkling and Obama played some golf while in Hawaii during December.

The White House has not indicated whether the scheduled trip might change due to the president's threat to spend the Christmas break working with Congress to pass the payroll tax cut expansion. 

"We’re going to keep pushing Congress to make this happen," Obama said during his most recent weekly address. "They shouldn’t go home for the holidays until they get this done."

Obama has been traveling the country to push the legislation.