January 3rd, 2012
01:51 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney's sons defend father against Gingrich lying charge

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's sons defended their father Tuesday against an earlier charge from rival Newt Gingrich that the former Massachusetts governor lied about his ties to negative campaign ads.

Speaking to CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, four of Romney's five sons weighed in on the state of the campaign on the day of the critical Iowa caucuses.

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"You get thick skin throughout this whole process, and we know what our dad's all about," Matt Romney said when asked about Gingrich's "lying" comments. "We love him. We know he's a man of integrity. He's a great example as a father for us, so it really doesn't - we don't take it personally."

On Tuesday, Gingrich was asked on CBS if he thought Romney was a "liar" for saying he didn't have anything to do with a super PAC running anti-Gingrich ads in Iowa. Gingrich answered unequivocally "yes."

Josh Romney said each of the 2012 candidates was running in their own particular fashion.

"We're running in to a lot of great candidates running for president in their own way, but we're here to talk about my dad and why we think he's the best candidate for the president of the United States," Josh Romney said.

As for any negative campaigning against their father, Romney's sons were in agreement that the attacks came with the political territory.

"We know there are going to be a lot of tough ads. Anything that we hear said, we know who he is, he's a great man of integrity and great father and leader. We know we have to have thick skin," Matt Romney said.

Tagg Romney said the ads running in Iowa would only be the beginning.

"Politics is a tough sport. You have to be willing to take the heat. We know there's going to be a lot of negative ads coming from the Democrats in the general election and you have to be able to withstand those things," he said.

Asked if there was anything voters might not know about their father, Romney's sons listed off anecdotes from their childhoods, including Mitt Romney's penchant for playing pranks, and his love for spending time with his grandchildren.

Also see:

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Gingrich suggests a Tuesday win

Gingrich strives for 'great upset' in Iowa

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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Debra from Georgia

    Gingrich might be a liar, but one thing he is not lying about is that LYING ROMNEY. ROMNEY IS THE BIGGEST LIAR I KNOW. Also, his sons are liars too.

    January 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to coach these kids. The best answer would have been to lay the burden of proof on Newt Gingrich. We know what the law says, and nothing that Mitt Romney is doing is unlawful. It is an inconvenient truth that the people running these groups have had past affiliations with Mitt Romney, but these are the campaign reforms that conservatives have fought for and won.

    Newt is just whining. If he wanted to lodge a legitimate complaint about superPACs, then he should complain about the Huntsman superPAC that has his father as a major donor.

    January 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. gary

    As a Vietnam veteran who volunteered to serve his country, I wonder why none of Romneys sons have served in the military. Are they too rich or just afraid of getting shot.

    January 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Who cares? Matt Romney just came out last week raising birther issues and saying Obama should produce his birth certificate first before Mittens will produce his tax returns. When you're dealing with monkeys, the turds don't fall far from the tree.

    January 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Bill

    No one cares about you trotting out your family Mittens. And you will never be president.

    January 3, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Are they too rich or just afraid of getting shot."

    More like afraid of messing up their hair....just like papa Mittens.

    January 3, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. simp

    Mitt's son's are doing what any child would do if they parent was running for president, LIE!!!! These Romney's are rich, spoiked lying joke!!!

    January 3, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Thomas

    All five of Mitt Romney's sons avoided voluntary military service in a time of war.

    Welcome to the new corporate aristocracy of nepotism !

    January 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Catholics (Gingrich) go to confession to deal with their lying; what do Mormons (Romney) do?

    Just asking ... whatever it is, Mittens has a lot of work ahead of him cleaning up his soul ...

    January 3, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. m


    January 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Jariv

    Romney is the best candidate and will never lie to the American people. That is just a fact, people here on CNN and posting comments really do not matter, as the people voting for Romney are not much into posting comments. People will write crap that makes no sense. Like Debra from Georgia – She writes: "Gingrich might be a liar, but one thing he is not lying about is that LYING ROMNEY. ROMNEY IS THE BIGGEST LIAR I KNOW. ". If he is a liar then how you know he is telling the truth. People will take what they want from Romney's message, twisted around and think they are making sense of it.

    We need Romney in 2012 !!!

    January 3, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Indy

    A lie is a lie no matter how many sons lie about the lie, if it is the opposite of the truth then it is a lie.

    January 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    Gee, Newt promised not to go negative in Iowa. I guess it's not negative to call someone a liar?

    January 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. MAC

    Wheter it is a politician, a Corporate CEO, a Union Leader, a Lawyer, a Liberal College Professor, they all stretch the truth (another word for lying) to make their ideas and points to be the one that everyone else is to belive to be the truth. Do your homework and decide for yourself.

    January 3, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. steve harnack

    Newt knows that Romney is lying because he lies too when he says that his campaign doesn't co-ordinate with the PACs that support him. Newt is just speaking from experience. You have to be some kind of naive to think that their right hand doesn't know what their left hand is doing.

    January 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. MAC

    Democrats = Spend and Tax/Welfare State/European Socialist Party.

    January 3, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Row

    CNN News: Romney & Obama have Goldman Sachs as #1 backer for elections, what difference does it make which one you vote for?

    January 3, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Row

    CNN actually reported that Romney #1 backer is Goldman Sachs. Incidently I think this may have been Obama's #1 backer last election, verify it and pass it along.

    January 3, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    First, it is beyond dispute that Romney is a huge liar who is incapable of focusing on the truth. Second, the fact that his sons are defending speaks volumes about Romney's wimpiness and cowardice.

    January 3, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm out of popcorn!

    January 3, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Jariv is one of those foreigners that profited from Romney sendin jobs overseas He's blind to the truth. So is Romney.

    Pay him no mind - he took an American job.

    January 3, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Why aren't any of his sons in Afghanistan? Maybe they should enlist. Or are the un-American like their dad? He shipped Amrican jobs overseas. That's as un-American and un-Patriotic as it comes.

    January 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Catholics (Gingrich) go to confession to deal with their lying; what do Mormons (Romney) do?
    They change their underwear! lol!
    @ Sniffit who said:
    "When you're dealing with monkeys, the turds don't fall far from the tree."
    Great spin on an old classic my friend! Good to be back with you and Rudy.

    January 3, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Just asking ... whatever it is, Mittens has a lot of work ahead of him cleaning up his soul ..."

    Don't worry...he'll no doubt just hire some illegal immigrant labor to do it for him and then lie about it.

    January 3, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Scott

    ROMNEY(coward) HID OUT in FRANCE during the Vietnam War. His SPOILED SONS are more priviledged than your sons.Your's will be sent to more illegal wars. Romneys never will! ROMNEY IS A CHICKENHAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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