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. Dave C.

    It goes both ways.
    Romney is throwing punches at the PRESIDENT too,
    so sit down and be quiet!

    October 18, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Curculio

    He sounds very much like his father who continually needs someone to interpret his statements. What Tagg actually meant to say, if he had given it any thought, was that he wants to "take AWAY the swing states from Obama.

    October 18, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. insight iowa

    The ninth commandment prohibits bearing false witness (Exodus 20:16). Proverbs 6:16-19 lists “a lying tongue” and “a false witness who pours out lies” as two of the seven abominations to the Lord. Love “rejoices with the truth”. I wonder what Romney's Bible says.

    October 18, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Wes B.

    Tagg? His name is Tagg?

    October 18, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Katie

    Poor ole Tagg. If you can't take the Heat get out of the kitchen! Daddy got a butt whooping! Nobel of you to want to fight for your old man. Roflmao!

    October 18, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Name Tony Ryan

    It's funny that Tagg wanted to take a swing at the President, but Tagg or his brothers have never signed up for any of the Armed Forces. That's the real fight. Sounds like cowards to me

    October 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Ed FL

    Well the Romney Clan can go away on a tour of countries that his father has his money hidden vice keeping it in the country that he wants to be the President. Wonder why he can't/wants to keep his fortune away from the country he wants to [ATTEMPT } to try and get elected.IT AIN"T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Ansara23

    Romney should be called out on all the lies he tells and all the flip flops.. He is definitely not qualified to be President.. He wasnt good for the state of Massachusetts..

    October 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. John

    Well Tagg get use to It because your dad Is lying, And there Million of people that know your dad Is Lying. Your dad can't be trusted on anything he said.

    October 18, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. mason

    Really!!? I think either of our presidents daughters could whoop this gentleman.

    October 18, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Publius Novus

    I think Sasha and Malia would make mince-meat out of the five Romney boys.

    October 18, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Dee Angus

    If this wasn't Mitt Romney's son would the Secret Service like this statement or take it lightly? He would have taken a swing at the President if the Secret Service wasn't there? Obviously this family feels they are ENTITLED to do whatever they please. I am outraged!!

    You don't even kid about threats to our President.

    October 18, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. YouCantHandleTheTruth

    Sorry, Son, your father is a liar. Obama clearly referred to the Benghazi attack as an Act of Terror in the Rose Garden the day after the attack. Your father on the day of the attack issued a statement that Obama 'Sympathized' with the attackers. Lie #1. Your father then said that we would defend our constitutional right to free speech. So it was actually your father that made a reference to the YouTube video. Lie #2. Your father then went into a debate and lied to the American Public stating that it took Obama 14 days before calling it an Act of Terror. Lie #3. Your father is a pathetic liar and not man enough to know when an apology is in order.

    October 18, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. KM

    And we all wonder why politics has gotten so negative, because of comments like this. Both sides do it, but you have a ask yourself, is it appropriate for me to say in a public forum?

    October 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Seattle11

    I would bet Mitt would like to take a swing at President Obama also. Especially after making Mitt look so stupid after his Rose Garden comment.

    October 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    he wasn't joking. This Osmond Brother wannabe really wants to. How dare anyone speak anything but glowingly about their finger in the wind, flip-flopping, money-bags daddy???

    October 18, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Desmond, a Canadian

    ROMNEY LIES AGAIN: " the women’s group that gave Romney binders of women’s resumés contested his version of the story on Wednesday, McClatchy Newspapers reported. According to a statement from the non-partisan Massachusetts Government Appointments Project, or MassGAP, Romney didn’t request the binders" (TORONTO STAR, 18 OCT 12)
    TAGG'S PENCHANT FOR VIOLENCE? AND HIS FATHER WANTS TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF?

    AND ANYWAY:"We don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now," Obama told supporters in Mount Vernon, Iowa. (CNN TODAY)

    October 18, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Yonni

    He needs to stay away from the president of the United States of America. It is disrespect for the Commander In Chief of the US Army and the American people he represent at home and in the world. His father also attempted to pin down the president with false premise during the second debate to discredit him on the national TV. That was a cold blooded attempt and a disrespect of the office of the presidency. Romney didn’t take time to apologize because it must be a norm in the Romney household to bully is a norm even if the person is the POTUS.

    October 18, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Sueb

    Not a funny joke; but typical Romney. No respect for anything that's not Romney!

    October 18, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. debra minor

    why was his son there at the town meeting

    October 18, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Noto BO

    I am sure A lot of people feel that way about BO.. But blamed is the liar and people know that!

    October 18, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. batjones

    President Obama can and has taken a lot of punches for the United States. It is about time that the Romneys lift a helping hand instead of seeking to combat the President of the United States all the time. What have the Romneys sacrificed for the betterment of this nation? I see no proposal from Governor Romney where he will do any of the heavy lifting. He places all of the burden on someone else's shoulders. If there is a $16 billion debt that is about to be passed onto our children and grandchildren, then why does not Mr. Romney propose to pay it now, and relieve the next generations of the burden.

    October 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. chuck

    Go home little mittster...just go home. You are embarrasing yourself.

    October 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Blue Dog

    Maybe Tagg (urit) Robme should take a swing at joining the military. Oh, I forgot, his grandfather, father and four brothers never enlisted. What a Jackass!

    October 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Anonymous

    How extraordinarily self-righteous and downright disrespectful of Mr. Romney's son! With all due respect, the President is not portraying your father as someone he is not, but it's your father who created his own negative narrative, by switching positions often, for the sake of political opportunism. Obviously, Tagg Romney has a whole lot to learn. He needs to moderate both his attitude and develop his foresight. The Romney family should learn how great political dynasties are made. They're far from that.

    October 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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