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. Chickenpie

    OMG!!! Another apologist. Attack, Romney, attack. Oh, from your side huh? Never mind.

    October 24, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. weezer

    The secret service should have shot him...just in case...

    October 24, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. zipurlip

    Another flopper hoping to make an etch-a-sketch moment.

    October 24, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. kl5062

    Judging by the polls, over half of America would like to 'take a swing" at Obama. What an utter non-news story.

    October 24, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. saywaaat

    why he is not arrested for making threats against the president of the united states?? b t w,i thought those mormons were against violence.

    October 24, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. bill

    So I guess if his dad wins Tagg will not have a problem if someone takes a "swing"
    at him ? Perhaps we will never know.

    October 24, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. pitt04

    If Obama had a grown son and he would of threathened the President, he would have been sent to jail.

    October 24, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. ariveria

    by his fathers logic it is a sign of weakness

    October 24, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Pamela

    Nice gesture..it shows that boy was raised right.

    October 24, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. gladiatorgrl

    FLIP FLOP acorn don't fall far from the tree...

    October 24, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Obama 2012-1016

    No respect Mitt & son not need to apply if you don't repect the office.

    October 24, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Judith

    Like his father I'm certain he was about as sincere as a rattlesnake.

    October 24, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. fortyseven

    Didn't Romney blame parenting for violent instincts in youth during the 2nd debate in the context of gun violence?

    October 24, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  14. Andrew

    I didn't think that Romney's believed in apologies.

    October 24, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Obama 2012-1016

    Foward 2012 -2016 Obama USA

    October 24, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. beevee

    Why are the grown up men hanging around their father any way? Don't they have any thing else to do; may be these rich folks don't need to work.

    October 24, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Stealy Dan

    How is this possibly a news story? Does anyone believe this was anything other than tongue-in-cheek comment? CNN will do anything to try to manufacture controversy for the Republicans.

    October 24, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. ViK100

    CNN cannot influence me. I choose Romney!

    October 24, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. JCQueipo

    Yeah what's up with bringing all those family member to the debate !!?? looks like a third world country airport where all your family, friends, even your enemies are waiting for you at the airport when you arrive !!!

    October 24, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. unknown11

    So, the kid mans up and apologises, for something that was not that bad, and the people here continue their unthinking rants. Ask yourself if unconditional support for a candidate is actually all that wise. Is there anything that Obama could do to lose your support? Is that really a sane stance?

    October 24, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. Whatever......

    The fact that a 42 year old man would make such a comment about the President of the United States and receive support from many quarters only proves how far we've fallen.

    October 24, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. MrWright007

    The truth hurts.....

    October 24, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. DoubleDown

    oh good grief you liberial tree huggers...honestly go get a sense of humor. Has Obama every apologized for calling an entire section of middle America "clinging to guns or religion". No? I didn't think so

    October 24, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. Cullpepper

    I bet Tagg Romney he was so angry after that debate that he just had to go home and drink some Cocoa and watch a few episodes of "Moral Orel" just to calm down

    October 24, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. Jeff

    It's the other Obama, the one facing him in the picture that Tagg should be worried about! She looks like she could whop the tar out of him!!!

    October 24, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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