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.

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Gingrich suggests a Tuesday win

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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. BARACK OBAMA 2012!!!!!!

    Romney is a chicken hawk he hides in France during the Vietnam War sipping on wine and learning french. Now he talks tough about Iran, but has no clue what it feel like to have child in a war zone. Because his privilege 5 kids(boys) skip two on going wars. Rather than defending their father they need to defend this country. Family full of chickens.

    January 3, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Jhawk

    You are really going to discriminate agaisn't Romney because of his faith and decision not to serve in the military?

    Give the guy a break. Obama had no experience period yet everyone backed him until he crashed.

    January 3, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Nate

    I hope those guys are ready to fight in Iran thanks to dear 'ol dad.

    January 3, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Stinky Madison

    They defended him, but they have no proof or knowledge of his relation with the PAC. In other news, all of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives defend his accusations against Romney.

    January 3, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Jhawk

    Romney will win. Your five posts won't stop that lol

    January 3, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. RevLama

    Those boys never said "Dad didn't lie". They said we expect this in a campaign.

    January 3, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. benji

    Of course he is a liar! ALL Politicians lie. They need to just run along and spend some more of daddy's money.

    January 3, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. JC

    Politicians are liars, it's a trait they all.....agree they share. Gingrich looks bad because he can't accept the fact that he is made from a mold that doesn't grow on you. Which day can Gingrich show Americans when he didn't tell a lie. He's a politician, and he's human, if only barely. If re-treads are all the republicans can offer Americans, it's time for the party to lick itself like Fido does. He seems happy.

    January 3, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. SoSad

    Did Romney's kids serve in the military? Why did Romney prevent them from going into the service? Oh, yeah, I forgot the Mormons do not want to serve our Country. Remember that Palin our Country, those whose sons, daughters, dads, moms, borthers, sisters, cousins, all the other relatives, WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY! Pantywaist's mormons don't want to SERVE! Shame on them Mormans!

    January 3, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Hair bear

    Romney needs to fess up! Newts ah liar hisself! Romney just out lied him with money! They all lie we no it they no it!

    January 3, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Larry L

    You can thank our right-wing Supreme Court for this situation. Since they became an arm of the Republican Party the balance of government is destroyed. Corporate leaders can now buy politicians at their leisure. Fascism at it's best.

    January 3, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Donald in CA

    If mitt was the one who set those L.A. fires his sons would still defend him.

    January 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. CBR

    Mitt Romney's sons are doing their public service by working for the election of their father. They have not come under the usual scrutiny given to the children of candidates. Very little has been written about them this time.

    January 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Blunt Squad

    Romney's sons look just like clones! I'm sure 99% will agree with that. Now to the subject do you really think that Mittens son's would not support him? that would be rare and it is expected for the family to come out in his defense. Gingrich is a clown and needs to really think about throwing darts when he has skeletons in his closet. We need all the Republicans to stop the lies being greedy, arrogant and stab-urn!!!!

    January 3, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Penguin

    Spoiled, disgusting little rich kids whining that someone is finally calling flip-flopper Romney on his lies.

    January 3, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. connieb

    Aren't Mormons exempt from serving in the military for "religious reasons?"

    January 3, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. FedUp

    I really don't care what his kids think. They have been raised by him. The apples usually don't fall far from the tree.

    January 3, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Philojazz

    Okay, now focus in on that iconic Nixon scene, "I am not a CROOK". Make him taller, in a crewneck sweater, give him less of a 5 o'clock shadow, jut out his chin, maybe make him smile, even, and change the script to "I am not a LIAR". It's Mitt.

    Hey, there's the NEW G O P !! Welcome to Amerika redux.

    January 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Thomas

    @Penobscot , you and Mitt must think the same ,

    @steven, all the best to you and your onl son.
    i've got one son. he's currently serving his country in the navy.

    January 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Mike

    All the Rommeny s are a bunch of liers Mitt will saying any thing to get to the white house he well sell one of up his own sons if it will make him Presdient the only real choice is this election is Pres Obama 2012

    January 3, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Thomas


    Romney has five sons , none did any military service. They and there father supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    You don't don't find that at all elitist ?

    January 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    That's the most combat the Romney boys will ever see.

    January 3, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. mark99er

    The fact is, he is a lyer, a flip flopper (which is a lyer) and a charlatan!

    January 3, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Donkey Party

    The berries never fall far from the dingle.

    January 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Ron

    Willard is so used to lying he doesn't even know the truth. For pete's sake, the guy said his first name is Mitt???! Nuff said....

    January 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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