November 29th, 2012
03:40 PM ET
3 months ago

Man arrested after charging at Romney's SUV

(CNN) - The Secret Service said an unidentified man was arrested Thursday at the White House after running at the vehicle carrying former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a lunch there.

The man reached into Romney's open vehicle window as the SUV stopped at a White House gate. He was yelling the candidate's name when he was hauled away, apparently by a security officer.

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"This afternoon an individual interfered with a motorcade," the Secret Service said in a statement. "He became combative with uniformed Secret Service agents, and was arrested for assault of a police officer and unlawful entrance."

The individual did not appear to physically contact Romney.

Romney was visiting the White House for a lunch with President Barack Obama. The White House said in a statement the "focus of their discussion was on America's leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future."

– CNN's Matt Hoye and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. sassysticks53

    LOL! Nuff said.

    November 29, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember, we are all watching and protecting our President Obama, make no mistake about it. Never should anyone ever get this dangerously close to him, dry run or not.

    November 29, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    LOL. He was probably one of the 47% that Willard insulted, and didn't appreciate it. Thank goodness Secret Service was there because he would have probably ended the month the way he started it, with a butt whipping!

    But seriously, leave the man alone, I'm sure he was already feeling bad. He did tell the POTUS to start packing. I'm sure Missy Anne(Roots reference) had curtains and china all picked out and ready. Too bad Willard and Queenie.

    November 29, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    I hope Willard doesn't whine about this, because the president has to deal with this type of behavior and much more on a daily basis. It's part of being in the national spotlight. I'm also glad the secret service was there to keep this situation from going out of control. Obviously, a very distrubed man.
    End of story.

    November 29, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The man reached into Romney's open vehicle window as the SUV stopped at a White House gate. He was yelling the candidate's name when he was hauled away, apparently by a security officer."

    Tsk, tsk, tsk. Not sure this man is playing with a full deck, but whatever. He'll get his 15 minutes, and then some. Too many people take elections way to seriously. On both sides of the aisle.

    Memo to America ... the election is over. Get a grip and move one.

    November 29, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Whew. That was too close.

    November 29, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. chilly g

    i have nothing to said about this incident except this person proably need help for mental problems.

    November 29, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. kayla

    am glad the secret service was there, thanks to the goverment worker.

    November 29, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. joeysavy

    the guy didn't do anything wrong he was speaking the truth greedy greedy this guy is a hero they shouldn't arrest the guy mitt the twit should be arrested for trying to sell that 5 point suppository

    November 29, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Willie K.

    When did they let Karl Rove out of the Sanitorium? He was only trying to tell Mitt he still thinks he can win Florida, and Ohio, and Virginia. Maybe even California.

    November 29, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. John

    Too bad it didn't happen a couple blocks away were there wasn't any secret service...

    November 29, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Sam

    Typical dumb Obama voter. Too stupid and gullible to figure out who is really responsible for the state of our country...Barry Obungler. Another 4 years of this chump and everyone smarter than Trigg Palin will be able to see how incompetent he is.

    November 29, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Squigman

    Freedom of speech and expression. You ignorant republican.

    November 29, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    I am guessing it was a Republican ticked-off because he either spent a lot of money to help Mitt get elected or he is just plain angry period. Either way it is pitiful what he did and he needs to be in jail.

    November 29, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Not sure what you mean by reached in an open window seeing as how the passenger side window where Romney sat was closed. The driver side window was in fact cracked but the mans arms weren't long enough to reach that side.

    November 29, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. CaraComments

    That's what pepper spray is for.

    November 29, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. ray

    hahahah wowowowo hahaha where was romney badman son? hahahah hahah i wsih the man had his hands on the racists,immigrant hater rommney. hahahahahah what a moron romney is

    November 29, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Expat American

    Ironic, really.
    Where was tough talkin' Tagg?
    Did Romney Coward Jr. step up and take a swing to protect his father; or did he merely dirty his trousers?

    November 29, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Ummm

    The window was clearly closed.

    November 29, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. ghostriter

    Why aren't conservatives complaining about Romney having a Secret Service detail? Didn't he lose already? I'm sure he can afford his own security.

    Jokes....good to see nothing happened.

    November 29, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Bill from GA

    Probably one of those Billionaires sore at the money he tossed away on mitts' campaign.

    "Mitts, i wuz counting on You!!"

    November 29, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Fynn

    Just another peace loving liberal. Its all Bushs fault.

    November 29, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Monomachos

    Obama was gracious; sad that most posters are incapable of being the same.

    November 29, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. seanpnicholas

    In a few years, he'll joke with a date about how he once got arrested while on shrooms for charging Mitt Romney's car.

    Her response will be, "Who the hell is Mitt Romney?"

    November 29, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. seanpnicholas

    In a few years, he'll joke with a date about how he once got arrested while on shrooms for charging Mitt Romney's car.

    Her response will be, "Who's Mitt Romney?"

    November 29, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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