November 29th, 2012
03:40 PM ET
1 year 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. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, dear. Folks are up in arms over Willard "Mitt" Romney's given name actually being cerified as .... Willard?

    November 29, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Steve, New York City

    Jon – I HALF agree with you. With the exception of Morning Joe and to a lesser extext Chris Matthews, MSNBC's commentators are WAY too far to the left. At the same time, I only HALF agree with you b/c Fox News has the opposite extremist tilt. Not sure which extreme is worse, but this is a time when the country could use less of both of them!!!!

    November 29, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. dhvaughn

    @Jim,
    He doesn't. This happened on the white house property. Glad to know you think former candidates deserve to be killed. No wonder Republicans think we're dangerous. Jesus!

    November 29, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. J P Smith

    Where was the Secret Service ? If this guy had carried a gun he would have had plenty of time to do what he wanted before the Secret Service got to him.

    November 29, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    @ Sniffitt – - – keep up the good work there, gal -

    November 29, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. humtake

    After reading the comments in every political article, it is painfully clear to see who is really causing our country to decline. It's the people who get so caught up on one side and blame all of our problems on the other side. YOU are the cause of our problems. The politicians who act like this are a big part of it. It is ok to disagree and have your own opinions. But to ignore reality hurts this country. The truth of the matter is the GOP kept the House, Dems kept control of the Senate, and the President won by only a few million votes. Which, anyone with any common sense can see this means the country is as divided as ever. The problem comes in when one side thinks they are right and the other side is wrong. Neither side is wrong. Both sides need to learn that if you completely dismiss what the other side has to say, you doom this country. Until people stop ignoring the other side because they have a different opinion, we will never progress.

    November 29, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Expat American

    That wasn't an unidentified man....please note the pronounced Adam's apple. Who foreshadowed a Romney loss if he won the nomination?

    That was Ann Coulter.

    November 29, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    @ Sniffitt – – – keep up the good work there, gal -

    Please Continue To Proceed !!

    November 29, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. liberal disease

    was it that nut case Biden coming home from Costco?

    November 29, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I watch both Fox news and MSNBC...this is what I have found...FOX News is a a propaganda rag both in their so called hard news during the day and of course the liars like Hannity et al at night..MSNBC news is basically balanced their night shows are of course liberal...but they do not lie and misrepresent like Fox and when I fact check they are usually accurate where Fox is just a propaganda machine

    November 29, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. sylvia

    The topic was America's leadership, and the lunch lasted only an hour. Probably exhausted that topic pretty fast. How about the leadership of an economically viable country like Switzerland or Germany.

    November 29, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    It is totally WRONG. THAT POOR GUY LOST, and repenting all his money is gone including Adelson's etc.

    November 29, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Probably just looking for a date, like most GOP – you know about the "he doth protest-eth too much".

    November 29, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. AgrippaMT

    Let's all hope that this will be the first and only time in his life that Mittens Rawmoney sets foot in the Oval Office. Ona assumes they will have to change the carpet now.

    November 29, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. wade

    Wonder why this guy wasn't at work today? Typical Owebamunist

    November 29, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Snoopz

    PMD
    What do we have the Fiscal Cliff? The answer is the "Obama Tax Cuts".

    I fixed that for you. Sorry – after renewing them again, Obama now owns those tax cuts.

    November 29, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "@ Sniffitt – – – keep up the good work there, gal -"

    Sure thing. Altho FYI, I'm a guy lol

    November 29, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. oliver

    I watched the video...is it just me or does this seem completely harmless? The dude seems to yell skaroo you a couple times. Big deal? Sara Palin called Obama a terrorist, when will they haul her away?

    November 29, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    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........

    At least I wasn't ignorant enough to support Willard-which is YOU dear.

    November 29, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. john

    Likely just wanted one of the 12 million "high paying" jobs "Mitt" was going to create.

    November 29, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Oh, dear. Folks are up in arms over Willard "Mitt" Romney's given name actually being cerified as .... Willard?"

    Pay it no mind. These are the mouthbreathing flat-earthers who believe that Hungry Hungry Hippos is a viable economic model.

    November 29, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Deb in MT

    Oh my goodness! He 'reached in' through the open window? That's waaay to close and potentially very dangerous. Like J P Smith said, this disturbed individual could have had a gun or knife in hand. Creeepy.

    Thank heavens no one was hurt.

    November 29, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. DC

    Mitt Romney and Donald Trump walk into a bar...Obama has enough brains to duck under it.

    November 29, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. nonya

    Lost Secret Service privileges, never deserved them in the first place.

    November 29, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Pat Williams

    It's truly sad that the people who hate Obama still continue to throw out hostile, unintelligent comments - FYI - Democrats really don't care - Know what Obama told Robme? "See that desk? IT'S NOT YOURS!!!" You folks need to get a life. Try doing something for someone - smell the roses - go to NJ to help out with Superstorm Sandy clean-up - GO DO SOMETHING ELSE (or maybe even get a job where you actually have to work instead of taking handouts from everyone). YOU ARE THE 47% - JUST LIKE MYTH ROBME!!!

    November 29, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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