October 18th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney son jokes he wants to 'take a swing' at Obama

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's oldest son joked in a radio interview Wednesday his preferred method of dealing with a combative President Barack Obama was to "take a swing" at his dad's rival.

Asked on the Bill Lumaye radio show what it's like "to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar," Tagg Romney joked about his fantasy response.

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"Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him," he said. "But you know you can't do that because, well, first because there's a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that's the nature of the process. You know they're going to try to do anything they can do to make my dad into something he's not."

"We signed up for it, we've got to kind of sit there and take our punches, and send them the other way," he continued.

One of Tagg Romney's brothers, Josh, downplayed the comments in a Thursday morning interview on ABC's "The View."

"That brother has slugged me a couple of times," Josh Romney said. "I'm sure President Obama has nothing to worry about."

Asked about the original comments on Thursday, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said Tagg Romney was "joking about how frustrating this process can be for family."

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. 1eye4U

    But you Dad is a liar! What does that make you?

    October 18, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. wilberforce15

    The Secret Service needs to pick Romney's son.

    October 18, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. CallofDoody

    I love how he says "you can't do that because, well, first because there's a lot of Secret Service" and not because IT"S WRONG TO HIT SOMEONE. Not that he would do that anyways...rich people always have someone else do it for them. PS Romney Sux

    October 18, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Jomm

    Baby, you better stay in your lane. Obama lived in CHICAGO and is married to Michelle. YOu do not want to "go there" in talking about you want to swing on someone. Do not start something that you will not be able to finish kid.

    October 18, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. cbr

    Well it looked as if his father wanted to take a swing. Unfortunately, Mr. Romney showed the American people just what people in MA already knew. Mr. Romney does not want to hear criticism or suggestions. He can be very, very rude and disrespectful as we saw once again on Tuesday evening. He did this to his Republican opponents but he certainly did get testy.

    By the way, if you have a portfolio or portfolios you can ask that certain business and even countries be left off your list of stocks. His badgering of the President was foolish. He just never thought to do that.

    As for his son, I wondered when they would show up on TV. There is a certain amount of respect that an American should have for the office of President as long as we have this form of government. Mr. Romney was disrespectful of the office and also very disrespectful toward Mr. Obama. His manner was there for all to see.

    October 18, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Woman Independent Voter age 55

    Romney's son needs to be investigated.. This is a Threat! He has Threaten to hit the President of the US!

    October 18, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. HarishS

    Typical bully response. If you don't have anything intelligent, logical, and useful to say to defend yourself, get physical and show everyone how manly you are.

    October 18, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Name BIGBOI_gop haha!

    Lol... Now the Romney's want to fight. Wow... It get sadder by the minute.... Just asking if Romeny can't handle a debate how is going to handle the pressure of being a president. Fight!

    October 18, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. John

    I am sick and tired of the disrespect Republicans have shown this President since the day he took office. Shameful.

    October 18, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. ja

    sounds like a matter for the secret service

    October 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. RJinSD

    Yup, this is the type of family we want in the White House.......nothin' but class here.

    October 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. enuff

    How's that Ponzi scheme working out for ya? will Romney throw his own kid under the bus to become president if more details on this come out BEFORE the election?

    October 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. insight iowa

    Maybe he should "take a swing" at reading his Bible and go back and tell his father and Ryan that God condemns liars.

    October 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. kevin

    Tagg Romney say he wanted to take a swing at our President durring the debate...the bully doesn't fall far from the tree. What stopped him was he didn't have a group of freinds to hold the President down while he did it.
    Character is evident here if you take off the blinders.

    October 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Mark

    If he did go down there Obama would 'SLAP HIM SILLY'.

    Never mess with a tough Chicagoan!

    October 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Matthew

    Your dad is a liar. I dare you to come take a swing at me.

    October 18, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Winning

    Dude. Your dad IS a liar. Your dad is also the absolute king of misrepresenting the other person's views and words. Even his colleagues have labeled him this. What an arrogant, entitled little man.

    October 18, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    Mitt Romney is a serial liar, and he'll most certainly roast in Mormon Hell because of it.

    October 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Kate W.

    Why don't the Romney boys take their aggression down to the nearest enlistment office to join the military their father is so willing to send into battle? Is their higher calling, like Joseph Smith, reserved for only the select few 1%?

    October 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Canuck

    Some call it 'shifting position', others call it lying. I think the facts speak for themselves.

    October 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Brian stafford

    Nice insight into how your family deals with frustration, Jr.. Hope that's not how Sr. Would deal with foreign affairs.

    October 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Mario

    This boy is like his daddy the big bully. He needs to be arrested for that

    October 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Anonymous

    It sounds like he is very much like his father who needs someone to rearrange his statements. What Tagg actually meant to say was they he wants to take 'the swing states AWAY from Obama".

    October 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Jeff K

    This was a clear threat of the President of the United States and should be dealt with as such. It only proves the fact that there is no respect for President Obama throughout the Republican party. The party has become a party of punks and thugs/

    October 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. Woman Independent Voter age 55

    Why is it when Republican's say things like this its a joke or better yet, I'm sorry..

    This is a Threat.. Secret Service should investigate. The Governors who is running for President of the United States Son has Threaten to Hit the President of the United States.
    People wake up.. This is a Threat! If someone from another country Threaten our President we get angry, why should we take this as a joking matter. These people are that angry an rude not only liars.. So who to say he would not take this action.. We as Americans should not take this sitting down. I'm sorry, it should not matter who it is, but to Threaten to hit the President. I think he should be arrested.

    October 18, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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