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.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

"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. Vanessa

    Gosh he really irritates me.. & frankly, even if he' d have had the courage, doubt he has any since he didn' t enroll in none of our military branches, well that says all about what little courage he has.. Besides i bet our president, being the gentleman that he is would probobly just looj lk at u & maybe, smile. Secret service would deal wilth you. Ahh, but what a nice thought! Have a fantastic Thursday my fellow bloggers!

    October 18, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Bootstomper

    Inherited Romney intelegence.

    October 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. carlos

    I would be delighted to take a swing at him and his draft dodger sissy brothers....

    October 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. VINCENT

    Why is Tagg not in jail right now? The truth is – he probably wanted to take a swing at the President once he defeated John McCain for the Presidency. The 47 percenters especially can still recall the Republicans saying they were going to " take there country back " and from who we wondered and now we see who and by any means necessary – even lying. I remember the "You Lie" comment during the state of the Union and I remember almost a nation filled with voters saying that Gov. Romney tends to change his position quite a bit. Also, Tagg's dad is a liar and President Obama is not the first to say so. This is why Tagg and his dad can see many who agree with the President's comments out at the voter booths taking a swing at the lever which reads "Vote for Obama" . Tagg – your dad just ain't it.

    October 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Truth Hurts

    Liars never like to be called Liars and of course their families get defensive about their loved ones being called out.

    Love to see any Romney step outside their comfort zone and bubble cause its a lot rougher out here where words only go so far!

    October 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. isean1

    Another rich, white master of the universe wants to solve issues with violence when is self righteous opinion is challenged. Newsflash Tagg, your father *is* a liar.

    October 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    A BULLY just like DAD! It's the Romney way!

    October 18, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    Not a joke, obviously a threat. Tagg is angry because he thinks his father is entitled to the Presidency.

    October 18, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. drew

    or maybe to punch cuz he is telling the truth?

    October 18, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Concerned Educator, MS

    He would be the only one RECEIVING a swing. Obama/Biden 2012

    October 18, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    This was obviously not a joke. Tagg is angry because he thinks his father is entitled to the Presidency.

    October 18, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Old School R

    Sounds like he has his Father's temper. Mitt's tempter got him arrested in 81 for disorderly conduct. I can't wait to see how many wars he starts with his temper. He is already trying to start one with Iran and China...

    October 18, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. RR

    Tagg needs to take a deep breath and chill. In 19 days the election will be over and the whole Romney family can have a pitty party.

    October 18, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. LOL in Colorado

    Just goes to show how easy it is for Republicans to revert to violence when things aren't going their way. That is what is getting scary in this country. Just last week some right wing nut fired a shot through an Obama campaign office in Denver, with innocent people inside the office. Fortunately, no one hurt this time.

    October 18, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. victor

    Let him say that tosomeone in the hood.

    October 18, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. krabz

    Tagg needs to learn that he must wait his turn in line like all the rest of us.

    October 18, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Name Tanya Phillips

    I can't believe how we continue allow people to make threats against our PRESIDENT ,ESPECIALLY a personwho suppose to conduct them self better and we think its funny. THIS man have children, and what are th
    e momorn faith teach very sad the message we send out, that we have no respect for our PRESIDENT

    October 18, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. crazier by the day

    Real fighter, that one. Hey, we could use a fighter him in the military. Let me get the enlistment papers...........Tag?....Tag?....Where did Tag disappear to?

    October 18, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. June Cooper

    Romney's son should put all that testosterone to work by becoming a member of the United States Armed Forces.

    October 18, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Donte

    punching the POTUS is not a joke

    October 18, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Wanda

    I have one word to explain his comment and his attitude towards the President of the United States: 'DISRESPECTFUL'

    October 18, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Pete

    Romneys son sounds like the punk ole Mitt thought he was,remember him being the bad kid cutting off a fellow students hair with 5 buddies sounds mean to me,but that's the attitude this Romney punk has,same as his father..Ask Romney how he handled the CEO of GoldmanSachs when he was told not only Bain wasn't getting a bailout loan years ago but telling Romney to go F himself and ask him that,I would!!Romneys doesn't like being challenged,he's wealthy,elite and has been handled with kit gloves all his life,just look at his missionary work in France draftdodging the Vietnam war does that look like a struggling Romney protesting for the war because pics show he had an exceptionally easy life,his father George made sure of that of their only spoiled child..So don't you think you ignorent out of touch republicans know any better because you don't, everything with you is on face value not the substance and that's how you pick your losers time and time again because your advocating for a businessman to run this country and a businessman in Bush was what we got to get us in this mess wasn't it,its historicly ignorent from Hoover till Romney losers voting for losers and for you it won't stop because your ignorence is so extreme and can't be resolved!!

    October 18, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Puddin

    Romney's boy probably should never act out his fanticies and just remember Pres. Obama hails from Chicago.:) The Secret Service might just decide to look the other way figuring the president can handle it himself. The Romney family are truly sore sports. They can dish it out big time, but they sure can't take it.

    October 18, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. James

    Tagg sound like a school bully; like father like son.

    October 18, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. rs

    Yes, the Romneys have an agenda- just no plan and lots of attitude. "Prince Romney" should go establish his own little kingdom somewhere (like where the Romney's fortune resides off-shore), and leave America to those who live and work here- not for these spoiled brats.

    October 18, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9