November 29th, 2012
03:40 PM ET
4 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


Filed under: Mitt Romney • White House
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Jon

    If you're gonna keep calling him Willard please go back to the MSNBC affiliated hate sites to post your commnets. You can continue to worship at the Alter of Al Sharpton and the rest of MSNBC hate team over there. They'll welcome you with open arms.

    November 29, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. demsstupid

    Now obama is going to tell the whole world that he invited a republican to discuss fiscal cliff, still we dont have a deal. These are all political tactis by obama?

    November 29, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Independent

    It seems that the looney liberal socialists that reelected Obama are camped out at the WHoye House - country is going down hill

    So long as Harry reid is in charge of the Senate, nothing will get done to move this country forward in the next 4 years

    November 29, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Crazy Jim

    Why does he still have SS security?

    November 29, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. kuddln

    There's alot of disturbed people in our society. That's why we pick strong and alert Security Officers to protect all those that enter-into and exit of-out the White House. What disturbs me more is the potential for suicide sleepers that exist in the USA and what they are able to do to us ! OMG... I hope the Secret Service keeps a vigilant observation over this idiot.

    November 29, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. russ

    OK, enough already. Leave willard alone. He's yesterday's news. He's back to just being a nasty vulture capitalist.

    November 29, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Jefferson

    Definitely an Obama supporter...out breaking the law instead of being productive at a job making his own money.

    November 29, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Reader

    As can be seen in the window he approached was closed! Sloppy!
    How are we supposed to believe the media when they don't bother getting the details right?

    November 29, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Elena

    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.

    Sounds to me like you're the one continuing to whine about things. Classless........

    November 29, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Penny Wright

    Romney is a liar and a thief.

    November 29, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. hingedlwnb

    Probably one of his billionaire backers demanding a refund.

    November 29, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Reef

    Was it Alec Baldwin?

    November 29, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. rs

    Sad and scary- too many people in the world without medication.

    November 29, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. ART

    demstupid get your facts straight the only ones holding our economy hostage are the Republicans

    November 29, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. RobK

    Obama is tired of being President. You saw it in the first debate. All he wants to do now is do some campaigning and kick back into vacation mode and let the country decline.

    November 29, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Now obama is going to tell the whole world that he invited a republican to discuss fiscal cliff, still we dont have a deal. These are all political tactis by obama?"

    LOL. How naive. The GOP/Teatrolls have no leverage and are not bargaining from a position of strength here. If the Buch tax cuts auto-expire on 12.31.12, then the Dems will just put atx cuts for the middle-class ONLY on the table and the GOP/Teatrolls will hang themselves tryingt o come up with procedural and political machinations to hold them hostage. The GOP/Teatrolls' only remaining tactic is to DELAY...delay delay delay in order to make EVERYONE involved look unserious, incompetent, unwilling to compromise, cmopletely out of touch with what the people are demanding, etc. It's your basic "if we're going down, we're taknig you ALL with us" tactic. They'd rather drag Obama and the Dems down into the muck with themselves by making the American public angry with all of Congress, than just admit they can't win this one, get it done and thereby hand Obama and the Dems an ostensible victory. Pride goeth before the fall.

    November 29, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. PMD

    What do we have the Fiscal Cliff? The answer is the "Bush Tax Cuts". My question is: Why didn't Bush and the Republican Controlled Senate and Controlled did not make these Bush Tax Cuts permanent back in 2001 and 2003 if this is such a good idea back then? The answer is: It wasn't a good idea and they knew then that it will result to Deficits and add significantly to the Debt. Four years after he left office, his policies are still the major contributors to the Deficits and Debt.

    November 29, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. sss

    You got 4 years of the black guy to go!

    November 29, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Mike

    Santorum needs to chill before he gets in worse trouble . . .

    November 29, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. spencer

    Obama, Donald trump, and Rosie O'donnell walk into a bar...

    November 29, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jon
    If you're gonna keep calling him Willard please go back to the MSNBC affiliated hate sites to post your commnets. You can continue to worship at the Alter of Al Sharpton and the rest of MSNBC hate team over there. They'll welcome you with open arms.

    Because nothing is more positive and less hateful than telling someone to go away...

    November 29, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. mudbone9

    @demsstupid – well Obama is a "politician"....last I heard that is what they do.
    @Independent – sort of wish all those dooms day tea baggers, repukicans and yes independents would just slit their throats and get it over with. We are all so tired of the negativity. Try a yoga class or something to calm the "F" down.

    November 29, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Ty

    Love the irony of liberal simpletons blaming romney for the country's economic ills when in fact we are where we are today due to Democratic housing policy and massive GSE risk expansion pushed by Dems (despite being checked by Republicans) during the 1990's. How soon we forget Barney Frank (who was effectively in bed with the GSE's) "what housing bubble?" and Maxine Waters pushing zero down home mortgages for low income families and minorities.

    November 29, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Dolt Patrol

    Talk about a presidential MANDATE!!

    November 29, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Jesus Christ Superstar

    RobK
    Obama is tired of being President. You saw it in the first debate. All he wants to do now is do some campaigning and kick back into vacation mode and let the country decline.

    Exactly! Like those unemployment numbers that keep rising, and the cost of homes going down... oh wait...

    November 29, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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