(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.
That's right he beta had apologized to the president because he was down right disrespectful. No other president has received this type of disrespect from people in generals.
Privileged to apologized to the president. Watching their gathering after he debate, i noticed Obama reaching out to Mitts grand children and playing with them. Wondering what the kids will tell grand pa when they get home... "Grand Pa! I greeted the president of the United States".... hahahaha
What is all this apologizing baloney? This political crapola is out of hand!!!
That's one of the most contrived and choreographed displays of deceit I've ever heard. "Man, I wanted to take a swing at him because he called my dad a liar!. Everyone knows my dad is the most honest man on earth and has never lied about anything."
Sonny boy, nearly every statement that pours out of your daddy's mouth is twisted and you should even consider getting a blood test to determine if he's even your daddy. The GOP will stoop to anything to get back in the White House and they will stage whatever act it takes to trick voters.
Contrary to what the Romney family believes, voters aren't as ignorant as you think and you'll find that out come November.
No, boy, we don't need you to go on an apology tour. Save your breath and go back to the aristocratic confines of your wealthy folkes.
Punch a candidate! That's something I've wanted to do. Tag just said what many on both sides think/feel.
If he wants to take a swing at Obama he'll have to stand in line.
Nothing to see here.
Instead of taking a swing at the president, perhaps Tagg Romney could simply convince is father to stop lying. When you read the post-debate fact checks, you realize why a Romney pollster said that "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." If they did, they might have to put down the etch-a-sketch.
That's ok Tag-Mr Obama apparently doesn't know what an Apology is-
Grow up son. Daddys gonna lose. Then maybe he can find y a jbo out of all these jobs he said he can create
Is CNN a Republican network or is the Hart Intercivic voting machines story not newsworthy? Ohio is a concern, and we would like this story investigated and broadcast BEFORE the election, especially since other counties have had serious miscounts and with Romney's machines.
This is getting to be depressingly predictable. A Republican makes an outrageous statement and then pretends it was all a joke. Meanwhile, the original comment is out there, having its intended effect.
Maybe he is lucky he is Romney's son. Most people who make a direct threat to the safety of the President find themselves in real trouble with the Secret service.
Threatening a President is a felony..why Isn t skin Tagg being arrested?? Seems like all the aggression the Romneys used towards Obama failed...so let's use the play nice tactic. If voters don t see thru this phoney ...invest in a seeing eye dog.
I'm not a Romney supporter, but this whole thing was a tempest in a teapot. Tagg was just voicing his frustration and to make a big deal of it is straight up bologna. I'm sure, if my dad were running for public office, I would feel the same way.
Jebus Christ, what's he apologizing for? Politics is war and all that.
There must be some quota of white apologies to blacks that has to be met each month.
Ihope and pray 2 god we can get through these hard times no matter whos elected god bless america
What kind of a delusional world does this kid live in? Is this the first time he realized his father was a liar? Wow.
the romneys are in a apology tour
Don't let the grey hair fool you, little boy. Obama's no punk.
It's so crazy... say what you mean and stand by it... always talking against the president then when things get hot.. then you want to make excuses about it... i don't buy it at all... he ment what he said.....
He should have apologized. Obama is still POTUS. Show some respect. If it had been the other way around with Robme being the President and Obama's child has made such a comment, people would be screamng bloody murder. Show some respect for the office of President.
Shoulda smacked him while he had the chance. If Obama's lies incite this kind thought in a young kid, what do you think his lies do to the rest of America? This country thinks more and more every day that it is OK to lie because of this president.
Do they all have weird names for their kids?
Tagg is just talking trash. He will not make a move without his sheet and the cover of night and his friends around to help him. If your dad is a liar, and he is, he is what he is. Tagg knows his dad is lying and has been lying for many years. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012