October 18th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
2 years 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. Lionel

    He is threating a US president. What is wrong with this picture? He does not look like he is joking.

    Everytime the Romney's screw up, it is a joke. Looks like all of the Romneys are bullies.

    They should enlist in the Military to get some discipline.

    October 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. 1twinsfan

    Tag, your dad IS a liar.

    I asked them to bring me qualifed women so they brought me binders full of women.
    I am pro-choice.
    I am pro-life.
    I was a severly conservative Governor.
    I never said the MA health mandate was a model for the nation.
    I don't have a $5 trillion dollar tax plan.
    Seamus loved it up on top of the car.

    October 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Kathy Mills

    The person he should be swinging at is his father. His father does not know the truth nor does he speak it. Robot Mitt wantsto be President son he will lie and say what ever to become President. Therefore I say to President Obama keep swinging at Mitt"s lies> When someone lies continuiously would you just sit back and let their lies stand? Everyone knows that the majority of voters are ill informed and will take a piece of false information and cast their vote on that information even it is a lie. So sad!

    October 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. greg the progressive

    When Romney makes statements in regards to healthcare with no intent to do anything except put us back in a place where people are denied life saving financial assistance, aka insurance, because of pre-existing conditions I want to hit Mitt Romney. and no I am not kidding. Health care is a very serious issue and Americans lives should not be toyed with like that. Mitt shows a complete lack of respect for millions.

    October 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Folks, meet the Romney family's answer to Bobby Kennedy, minus the compassion, vision, and ability to grow. Only the Romneys would try to make money off of public education: more of your tax dollars at work, subsidizing the wealthy. No, I am not jealous, only amazed that anyone would take these parasites seriously as leaders for the rest of us who will be propping up the house of cards they want to create for their own benefit.

    October 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. wwf

    There are a lot of people who would like to take a swing at his old man as well. He had better realize that also. If he cannot take the truth, maybe he should not attend the debates. The Republican Party of today has no respect for anyone but themselves, and even that is limited to the far right, which if they were straight up instead of to the right, they would be in another universe.

    October 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Informed Voter

    What about "first, he's the President of the United States"? Why is it that the right has such a blatant degree of disrespect for this President?

    October 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    "Strangulated your your employees if they do not vote for me" -Mith Romney to business owners. Silly idiot.

    October 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. mw

    Well, he IS a liar. Probably has whole binders of lies...

    October 18, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Pauline

    Interesting. That's exactly the way I feel every time Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan open their mouths and spew nothing but lies. Neither one of them know the definition of the word "truth." I want to punch them both for insulting my intelligence and thinking I might believe the BS they're shoveling!

    October 18, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. incredulous

    Wow. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it? The man who bullied his classmate and walked a blind woman into a door for laughs has a son who boasts about wanting to physically attack the President of the United States. Who are these horrible people and how do we make them go away?

    October 18, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Ed1

    I would have said the same thing. Obama is just like his VP way out of line but on the other had all you have to do is see who Obama hangs out with and support and you will see why he is nothing but a liar.

    October 18, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Tagg, honey. It's comments such as these that will make watching your dad's concession speech all that more enjoyable.

    October 18, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. becky

    Unfortunately, his dad did embellish his record and touted his five points without giving us a true picture of his ideas. He chose to go after the President over financial portfolios even though the amount of money in question is so very different. If I invest in Chinese manufacturing the amount would not even make difference. When someone with millions and million it just might.

    Mr. Romney did not show respect for the office of President of the USA. More importantly he implied that the President was not telling the truth about his statements about Libya. He showed us that his does not have the temperament to be President. He is too dismissive and has difficulty listening to others. Perhaps Tagg is that way. too. However, Conservatives do tell us how respectful they are and how they always behave so perfectly as do their children. Wrong!

    October 18, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. maf

    The way the Romney's debate when the camera is not looking, "take a swing". Sounds like the bully dad has ingrained bullying into his sons as well. Let's be better MEN! Discourse is a far more courageous way to settle things.
    Tagg, your dad has been called out as a liar by many people, publications, magazines, news shows etc. . .

    October 18, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Joi Gibson

    So he wants to take a swing at the President – what a joke – ha ha ha. Personally, I'm not finding the humor. Imagine how the President's children feel when their father is called all sorts of ugly names, including liar. I guess that is okay but not when it happens to his daddy. Poor little Tagg . . . you are a grown man, suck it up. Your father has been campaigning for six years, you should be used to it.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    October 18, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    Wow! Does he want to hold Obama down and shave his head too! Like father like son. America, if we put these bullies back in office, we deserve exactly what we get!!!

    OBAMA '12 FORWARD!!

    October 18, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Tom Elliott

    Dear Tagg,
    I suggest you ask your dad to quit lying then.

    October 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Fay

    Completely disrespectful to the POTUS just like his "good ol lying daddy" I've never seen a President as disrespected as President Obama! Romney tells the President "you'll have your turn I'm talking now?!" These men need to be kicked out of America!

    October 18, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Harkers

    I'm sure one of Romney grand kids would be a fairer fight!!

    October 18, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. TheObserver

    Yeah, it must be frustrating for all the rich, entitled types, because they know their time for manipulating the system is about to be over, and they have no legitimate retort when Barack lays out the truth, except, 'I want to take a swing at him." Wow, I'm glad Mitt instilled Tagg with such exemplary family values growing up.

    October 18, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Thomas

    CNN , Is Tagg Romney being investigated for Insider trading ?

    Why didn't any of Mitt Romney's 5 sons save in our milatary , they verbally supported both the war in Iraq and Afghanistan .
    On July 4, 2007, the Romney campaign officially launched the "Mitt Mobile, A Five Brothers Bus", referring to Romney's five sons and his official campaign blog, Five Brothers. When asked why his sons were not fighting in Iraq, Romney replied that his sons were supporting America by riding from town to town in the "Five Brothers Bus," saying "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected.

    No Thank You !

    October 18, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Dakster

    Well Tagg you are correct...no one wants to be called a liar. However, your dad is a liar....so you should be more upset with him for lying. What kind of parental role model is that!!!!

    October 18, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Jagarundi

    I bet if it was someone in Obama's family who said that about Romney it wouldn't be perceived as a 'joke' The disrespect that has been shown to this president from white America is visceral and shows that racism is alive and well in this country despite what so-called leaders like to lull us to believe.

    October 18, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Romney tells lies about ther economy, women's issues and the Republican position on them, the middle east, his tax plan for the rich, caring about Latino voters and other minorities and about his investments overseas. Then his son says he wants to beat up the President because he pointed out that Republicans lie on national TV. In that case the President should have plenty of time to getr prepared for his Butt-kicking. The Romney boys are going to have to whup everey other Republican that ran for the office of Preident first along with Rush. They called Romney a liar long before the President. With just a few more days until the election, perhaps the lads could divide up the list and each lad would only have to kick two or three butts beofre the final match with Obama.

    October 18, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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