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. ed

    when in history have you seen that an african american beats up a republican

    October 23, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Dorkus Maximus

    What?? A Romney apologizes? Don't let the old man find out!

    October 23, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Rick

    Nice that he apologized. Now Obama should apologize for all the lies he told during the debate.

    Oh, by the way Commander in Chief, Marines still use bayonets.

    October 23, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. constance

    Why is it just im sorrY those oppessor knows what they be doind to my peoplE

    October 23, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Robert

    I think the truth hits a little close to home for the poor lad...

    October 23, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. minihouse1028

    That should have been a pubic apology since the threat was made publicly.

    October 23, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. plain&simple

    Toning down the animosity is a good idea....teach that to some of the wingnutts out there. The country benefit.

    October 23, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. brian

    a son named tagg?!@? just another reason not to vote for him.

    October 23, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. constance

    Why is it just im sorrY those oppessor knows what they be doinG to my peoplE

    October 23, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Brian from DC

    I'll bet Barack Obama was pretty scared to begin with! As if.

    October 23, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. No Magic Underpants

    What a dope! He should be arrested for saying he wants to physically harm the president.

    October 23, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. C0r3y

    I want to see Obama and Romney taking the swings

    October 23, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. sneekasnooka

    Haha. First lady looks on knowingly as Prez whispers: "Secret Service comin' for you, son."

    October 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. constance

    They knows up what?

    October 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Michelle

    So sick of people being disrespectful to the President. Not cute at all.......rather ignorant... Politics is a nasty game however, people need to keep snide remarks to themselves regardless of how they feel!

    October 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Bill S

    Tag Romney wanted to take a swing at President Obama, I never knew of this. If that happened that will be a huge bloe for the Romney campaigne in seeking a term at the White House

    October 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Zelch

    This is news? Who cares, it's really not relevant to the debate and certainly not to the campaign. If Obama had indicated that he wanted to take a swing at Romney, it might be newsworthy. That being said, it would be been extremely entertaining to see Romney and Obama slug it out.

    October 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. bckerr

    Wait till good ol' pop has the same mentality and takes a swing at Iran etc.

    October 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. bolden

    I'd like to take a swing also.

    October 23, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. Lynn

    Typical of the Romney's, the son wants to sock the President and the dad would take the country to war if Iran sneezed. Violent family can't keep their emotions under control.

    October 23, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. ralph Petrillo

    Good that eh apologized, for he is not a teenager.

    October 23, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Beverly - NYC

    At least he maned up and apologized in person, but Tag your daddy is a liar.

    October 23, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. Sonya

    Like son, like father!!!

    October 23, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Shirley

    I understand the sentiment. I'm more worried about all those voting machine he owns than a remark on a radio show.

    October 23, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. John Cleary

    His name is Tagg???

    *snort*

    October 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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