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. Dan Bowen

    I wonder how that clown Larwence O'Donell on NBC will handle this...perhaps he'll invite Tagg over for a cup of tea?

    October 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Troy

    As a person probably voting for Obama, I have to say... who cares.

    October 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. JS

    You're not alone, Tagg!

    October 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Ken Gross

    Typical trust fund kid big talk.

    October 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. LegalizeReason

    It's nice to see politicians just acting like people.

    October 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. adelamel

    I think the Romney's children are a reflection of their parents...insensitive, elitest and borish. This is a grown man stating he wants to slug the President of the United States. These people are shameless. What a phoney.

    October 23, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Mike

    Typical Rebulicant response.

    October 23, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Canukman

    Well good for Tagg Romney for apologizing face-to-face to your President. It shows he possesses character and maturity. The Romney family – including Mitt – are not the ogres I once thought they might be. Because of his policies Mitt would still not get my vote but he is earning my respect.

    October 23, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Hosie

    So Romney's son apologizes (class act) because Obama called his dad a liar and he wanted to defend him. Romney didn't call Obama a liar, he proved it by stating the facts.

    Obama doesn't tell his supporters to back off from the threats to kill Romney and riot if he loses the election (low class).

    October 23, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Jasmine

    Yeah, yeah, yeah blah blah blah.... He meant what he said; he really does want to punch Obama in the face. If Obama or someone affiliated with him said something like this the right wing would never let it rest. The hypocrites that they are...

    October 23, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Truth Teller

    Frankly, I think Obama would drop that Prep School Brat like a Sack of Taters

    October 23, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Dave in Arizona

    Careful Tagg, your father might consider you weak and try to replace you for apologizing.

    October 23, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Lennoxvale

    Just further proof of Romney family integrity: Zilch.....

    October 23, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. erin

    I wouldn't trust his honest intentions! He apologizes to increase his daddy's chances to be elected.

    October 23, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. steve jones

    Why doesn't the papers and media just let the people decide for themselves and stop twisting all the facts. It is a disgrace the way they are allowed to brainwash people with their own agenda. People make your own choice.

    October 23, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Matthew

    This is not a big deal at all. It would be hard for any son/daughter to hear his father be criticized and even insulted. I am sure it is hard for the President's daughter's too. They just don't have the platform to voice their frustration.

    October 23, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. TPF

    There was absolutely no reason for him to apologize to him for what he was thinking. Anyone of us would have thought the same thing if someone said things that this man said about his dad. I did not matter that it was even the President because as we all know they lie just like everyone. most Presidents will do or say whatever it takes to get a vote.

    October 23, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Discernment

    CNN JOURNALISM DISAPPOINTS – (AGAIN)

    Ms. Jessica Yellin left out a critical part of the story; the part which kicked off this stupid kerfuffle. It is the beginning part of the story where the radio host that interviewed Tagg Romney, framed the question to Tagg in the form of a boldface lie. The interviewer insinuated in his question that President Obama called Gov. Romney a liar. President Obama has never called Romney a liar. So the question posed to Tagg was a lie and Tagg comments followed the lie of the interviewer.

    But CNN some how left this critical part of the story out.

    October 23, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Pat

    I was surprised that the president mingled so effortlessly with the Romney family congregation, especially in light of the accusations Romney has made about Obama and his record. Just shows how much class the president has.

    October 23, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. raj

    shows in what kind of family he was brought up...

    October 23, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. GEdwards

    So he makes a private and personal apology and the Obama campaign makes it public.

    Classless.

    October 23, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Joy

    I am embarrassed for the media to make a big deal out of a joke. Anyone who says it wasn't a joke is either dishonest or slow.

    October 23, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. rana

    just imagine if son is setting up examples like these than what about the father, after putting our country in trouble romney will say same thing "sorry". absolutely no room for people like romneys son in white house.

    October 23, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Bobaloo

    In the photo above, barrack is telling Tagg," You take a swing at me, you'll have to deal with her! Secret Service ain't got nuthin' on an Angry Black Woman!"

    October 23, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Dan

    Typical republican response when they don't get what they want. Stomp your feet and cross your arms. Go throw your tantrums in private you conservative crybaby

    October 23, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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