Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark
October 23rd, 2012
08:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark

(CNN) – Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney's oldest son, apologized to President Barack Obama Monday for saying he wanted to "take a swing" at him during contentious presidential debates.

Obama and Tagg Romney were seen speaking on the stage after Monday's final presidential debate, held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Two Obama aides said the conversation included an apology for the remark, made last week during a radio interview.

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Asked in that interview what it's like "to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar," Tagg Romney joked about his fantasy response.

"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 an 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 • Presidential Debate
soundoff (1,021 Responses)
  1. Namegreta518

    He apologized. He has more class than his dad.

    October 24, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  2. Undecidedvoter

    Well, I'm decided now! Learn how to raise your kids, then maybe we'll consider voting for you, Mitt.

    October 24, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  3. Mitch

    Swing for the win

    October 24, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  4. Brittany

    That apology was late. Tagg is like a ten year old.

    October 24, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  5. son-0-sam

    I guess money can't buy class.. case in point the Romneys

    October 24, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  6. Wealthyman

    Come on, Mitt. Control your kid, iff you want to be president. They have to the walk the walk or we'll end up being taxed more. Let's keep these peasants in the dark. Stay rich, my friend.

    October 24, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  7. Jennifer

    Joke or no joke, it was still a very disrespectful thing to say. Barack Obama is, afterall, the President of the United States... I think this shows just how elitist and out-of-touch this family is.

    October 24, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  8. niz

    Seriously grow up!

    October 24, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  9. infonomics

    To publicly express your desire to take a swing at the President does not even move the needle on the Richter scale of smarts.

    October 24, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  10. dersu

    Oh, it's not that big a deal. He was just worked up over the president zinging his dad.

    October 24, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  11. Maria

    Nice gesture, at least he had the decency to apologize to the President. At least Tag had remorse.

    October 24, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  12. mohsin

    OK so i might be a little blind but i didnt see any thing that specifies what he said.

    October 24, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  13. infonomics

    To express your desire to take a swing at the President does not even move the needle on the Richter scale of smarts.

    October 24, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  14. Jeannie

    I love the look on Michelle's face. Priceless.

    October 24, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  15. Audrey

    Like father like son. Shows how he was brought up. Romney would be a disaster for this country if he gets elected as he wouldn't only leave where Bush left, he'd do even worse when it comes to foreign relations (although most think it's impossible to do any worse than the previous republican government).

    Make his dad into something he's not huh? He just showed us who he is. He'd probably think that the media is making him into something he's not as well. Words are cheap, can't turn the table around with them Tagg. Tag, you're it.

    October 24, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  16. thinker1958

    so you can talk on peoples back about how you will like to punch them, but if they hear you saying those things, you just apologize and everything is ok.... really? what can of church is he going?

    October 24, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  17. rakkassan101

    So, he likes punching maybe he should serve his country! In the military!

    October 24, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  18. zacharyallenedens

    make obama president again romney is going to tear this country apart dont let him do that make obama president again help me american cizeten

    October 24, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  19. bspurloc

    FALSE. Romneys DONT Apologize... it is in his book.. DUH

    October 24, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  20. rones

    The Romneys are a classy family.

    October 24, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  21. Clair

    This shows a family of true character and what a great man PRESIDENT ROMNEY will be.

    October 24, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  22. rose wilce

    apparently his dad did not raise him to respect people.

    October 24, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  23. Epidi

    More of the media taking things out of context – NEXT.

    October 24, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  24. Common Sense

    You know what they do to normal, unprivileged people who joke about violence against any President? The Secret Service visits them and they get a permanent file. Or if they're foreigners, they get deported for threatening-and-obviously-joking tweets.

    October 24, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  25. annebeth66

    Poor Tagg. If he had taken a swing at the President, he would have been shot down like a rabid dog by Secret Service.

    October 24, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
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