Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark
October 23rd, 2012
08:34 PM ET
2 years 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. myway

    Why blame the son? He was probably just repeating what he heard dad saying at the dinner table.

    October 24, 2012 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  2. weedouthate

    Sometimes it is best to go out side, and symbolically weed out a bit of hate..

    October 24, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  3. NameJeff

    gotta be frustrating for both familys
    for all you Republican haters out there I'm a Republican sorry to disappoint you but nothing mean goimg to be said here.

    October 24, 2012 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  4. GregK

    Lead story, CNN? Seriously?

    October 24, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  5. FND

    II am appaulled at young Mr. Romey's comment that he wanting to take a "swing" at the President. This is not cute. If a less privileged person had made this remark against a standing US President. he would have been immediately arrested and prosecuted. I resent the class discrimination. I am outraged that there are no other comments similar to mine.

    October 24, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  6. NameGoose

    What do you expect if someone is calling your dad a liar on national tv. Obama and Biden both are the ones that have lied numerous times to the people of this great nation. Look at the facts, our country is in a deeper hole than what we were in four years ago. Obama wants to keep everyone on welfare. Don't take Obama,s failures out on the rich. At least the rich had enough intelligence and will power to get off their ass and make some thing of their selves. At least their not freeloaders!

    October 24, 2012 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Obama, this idiot is looking after OHIO BALLOY BOXES,, computer syster of voting–thoroughly investigate–cheating happens–throw him jail. Yes, on obama12.

    October 24, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  8. worldcares

    I have two sons. My 26 year old is Autistiic and my 25 year old is a determined thriving middle class. Tag, you remind me of my youngest son. I say that with respect.

    October 24, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  9. Darryl

    Perhaps the son should be running! Apology? An act of the bigger man. His father should learn........

    October 24, 2012 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  10. worldcares

    I have two sons. My 26 year old is Autistiic and my 25 year old is a determined thriving middle class. Tag, you remind me of my youngest son, when he was younger. I say that with respect.

    October 24, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  11. Here we go again

    Don't worry Tag, the feeling is mutual when many of us watch you dad lie and flip-flop.

    October 24, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  12. Francis

    Dear Tagg,
    I know what it feels like when somebody hints that your daddy's been all over the map. But, if you cannot stand that little heat, what then, are you doing in the kitchen?

    October 24, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  13. Alpah Amid

    Tagg dont your parent told you not to include your self in a elderly discussion, cuz you are just a kid, but if you really wat to swing, swing at the 47percent first before you can swing at my comander in chief. Do you get it kid. "Amy Strong"

    October 24, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  14. Cyric

    That kid has never swung at anything but a carnival game. Romneys shirk service and call it a "mission"

    October 24, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  15. VladT

    A defensive comment of his father that had a "happy ending." Now bring on the anti Obama/anti Romney comments

    October 24, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  16. gary Searing

    I do not feel he needed to apologize. From the tone of the interview you could tell he wasn't serious. Besides that I'm sure the way the candidates bash each other this wasn't the first time something of this nature was said.

    October 24, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  17. JustSaying2u

    In the photo caption above, it appears the President is telling Tagg, I would've wiped the floor with you.

    October 24, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  18. TampaMel

    Just like his father. He cannot figure out what to say so says something really stupid. Can we all say, "No to Romney and NO to any other Republican."

    October 24, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  19. Daystar

    Stupid comment just like the ones your dad makes.

    October 24, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  20. Geoff

    This just points out how hot-tempered and violent the Romneys are. They have anger management issues. If this is how they get during a debate, imagine how a Romney would deal with an insult from a foreign leader. Scary.

    October 24, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  21. nemo0037

    "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. "

    The truth hurts, dunnit, Tagg? Your Dad WAS lying, and the President called him out on it. Why would you blame the President for that when it was YOUR DAD who was lying like a rug in front of the whole nation?

    October 24, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  22. werescrewed2012

    Tagg? damn I would be mad as hell at my parents for that one

    October 24, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  23. romney is an ass

    And this is the family that you want in office?!

    October 24, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  24. Johnson Chellappah

    Charity begins at home. Learn to show respect to your president. Words have a life of their own, think before you speak....

    October 24, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  25. Larry

    of course he did after he realized his dad was lying just to get elected

    October 24, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
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