(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.
when in history have you seen that an african american beats up a republican
What?? A Romney apologizes? Don't let the old man find out!
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.
Why is it just im sorrY those oppessor knows what they be doind to my peoplE
I think the truth hits a little close to home for the poor lad...
That should have been a pubic apology since the threat was made publicly.
Toning down the animosity is a good idea....teach that to some of the wingnutts out there. The country benefit.
a son named tagg?!@? just another reason not to vote for him.
Why is it just im sorrY those oppessor knows what they be doinG to my peoplE
I'll bet Barack Obama was pretty scared to begin with! As if.
What a dope! He should be arrested for saying he wants to physically harm the president.
I want to see Obama and Romney taking the swings
Haha. First lady looks on knowingly as Prez whispers: "Secret Service comin' for you, son."
They knows up what?
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!
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
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.
Wait till good ol' pop has the same mentality and takes a swing at Iran etc.
I'd like to take a swing also.
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.
Good that eh apologized, for he is not a teenager.
At least he maned up and apologized in person, but Tag your daddy is a liar.
Like son, like father!!!
I understand the sentiment. I'm more worried about all those voting machine he owns than a remark on a radio show.
His name is Tagg???