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. Evergreen

    Finally, a Romney showing chracter.

    October 23, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. lol

    So this is what your father taught you all these years? What a shame you are Tagg!

    October 23, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. susan

    What a respectful young man to apologize. He must have had good parenting.

    October 23, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Culpepper

    But wait a minute !!!!! Hasn't Romney been going off for months on Obama about "apologizing being a sign of weakness" ????

    October 23, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Report on something worthwhile CNN. Of all the issues facing the campaign, this has to be the least important.

    October 23, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Anon

    Not the most flattering photo of Mrs. Obama.

    October 23, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Hmm. Perhaps he should also apologize for not serving in the first gulf war too?

    October 23, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Choo

    mitt named his kid Tagg

    October 23, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Hokkun Aagorhosa

    Tagg now understands that tPresident Obama was always right about his father. Now he should vote for Obama.

    October 23, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. biden is a punk

    on your side Tagg

    October 23, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Scott in Texas

    Smart kid, good family.

    October 23, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. GetReal

    Why does Romney need to hold hands with his wife all the way to the debates? Why does he have to find her in the audience for moral support? Why does his whole clan need to comfort him on stage after every event? Why does he need to recuperate the next day?
    This is a weak man who needs constant emotional support from his family, just to function. Definitely not ready for the big chair.

    October 23, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. joe

    I dont know who's more desperate; CNN or Obama

    October 23, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Mumbles Menino

    Republicans apologize, democrats lie

    October 23, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Binderguynotaxreturns

    Like Father,Like Son.

    October 23, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Hokkun Aagorhosa

    Tagg now understands that President Obama was always right about his father. Now Tagg should vote for Obama.

    October 23, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. mariner v

    They didn't mention anything about the Secret Service. I heard that they wanted to take a swing at the Tagg Boy. Isn't there some way that we can arrange for the SS and the Tagg Boy to have a slug fest. I would really like to see what kind of swing he has. Like they say, "It don't mean a thing........if it ain't got that swing."

    October 23, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Don

    hey tag, you wanna fight? get married or join the army.

    October 23, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. bibleverse1

    It seems he does not have the words necessary to express his opinion.

    October 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. pats777

    The President gets no respect these days, especially on social media. Call him a Kenyan, a Muslim, a retard, say you want to punch him out, etc. There are a lot of angry, misguided individuals out there that have zero class, etiquette or just plain brain cells before they hit send on their smartphones. Idiots.

    October 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Except his dad is a proven liar.

    October 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Name kc

    If you listen people will tell you who they are believe them. Just like his Father only if he is caught or to his advantage.

    October 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Barak Lincoln

    He Has no idea what he is saying has not a clue of what the presidency and the responsibility's that come with it are all about. The only reason he thought it would be wrong to slug the president is because of the secret service. Not that its an insult to the office itself, not that its a felony to make threats... was John Hinkley joking...

    October 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Steve

    No story here that I can see.

    October 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Fiend

    It's very peculiar that this is a front page story here on CNN, and yet there's no mention of tweets by several individuals threatening Romney with violence. How peculiar. Tagg Romney's remark was out of line, but it's telling that it gets so much attention and not a whisper about threats directed at Romney. Threatening a presidential candidate is against the law, as I recall. What's sauce for one should be sauce for the other.

    October 23, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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