Tagg Romney: They messed with the wrong people
April 16th, 2013
08:29 AM ET
1 year ago

Tagg Romney: They messed with the wrong people

(CNN) – The perpetrator of Monday's terror bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon "messed with the wrong people," Tagg Romney asserted in an interview Tuesday.

"It's such a cowardly act, whoever did this," said Romney, the oldest son of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. "Then you see the warmth of the first responders, and the people around who rushed to the scene. Such a contrast to their bravery. It just really is a family event. And it's the best of Boston. It's wonderful to see how people have been responding and how people are pulling together."

Romney said he was at Fenway Park with his children watching the Red Sox, and had hopped in a cab moments before the duel explosions which left three dead and scores injured.

"It's such a horrifying and sickening event and it's so sad for the city," he said on CNN's "Starting Point."

A point of light, he said, is that "Bostonians are resilient."

"They're going to come together," he continued. "They messed with the wrong people. There's going to be a period of grief, I'm sure there will be some anger. And we're going to want to figure out how to keep this from happening again. Not just here but all over the country."

Tagg Romney, who lives in in the metro Boston area, was a key adviser to his father during last year's presidential campaign. He's the founder of Solamere Capital, a Boston-based investment firm.


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  1. Steve

    Does anyone REALLY care what Tagg Romney thinks?

    April 16, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. The REAL Truth...

    @apetra – George W. Bush kept the country safe after 9/11.
    Under Obama, with Fort Hood, Benghazi, and a number of domestic close calls, and now the Boston Massacre, it's becoming clear we're not as safe.
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    Puh-lease.. get a life and check your facts before hating on the POTUS. One of my co-workers was whining this am over coffee 'cus Obama didn't use the word "terror" during his speech over the Boston bombings last night. I mean, REALLY??

    FACT is sweetheart, there WERE 18 (yes, EIGHTEEN) terrorist attacks against US targets during Bush 43's disastrous 8-yr reign. The fact there are FEWER now is a direct result of policies implemented since those attacks. We are FAR safer now than we were on 9/11, but nothing is totally secure.

    April 16, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. John

    Democrat or Republican should not matter after an event like this and Tagg is right, maybe some of you should put your own bias to the side and come together as a nation to combat these type of acts aginst our nation. This is not a left or right issue it is an American issue

    April 16, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Bev

    the 47% would never vote for someone who might force them to be adults & get a job they will always vote for Obama because he makes sure they don't ever have to work just let the government take care of them where has the pride gone?

    April 16, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Bushie

    So Tag boy are you going to join up like your cowardly old man did for VN?

    April 16, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Martin

    Yesterday on Twitter, Mitt Romney spent time to give congratulations to President Bush for the birth of a grandchild, but the only statement that he put out about Boston was that "it made his heart heavy to hear about Boston".

    No statement of sympathy for the people of Boston or the families of those who died from a man who was Governor of the State of Massachusetts. Just a statement about how it affected HIM.

    It's no wonder that the people there hate him.

    April 16, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. T.P.

    I think my Janitor's comment in downtown Boston on the subject has more relevancy than Tag's........

    April 16, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    When President Obama was re-elected and he invited Mitt Romney to the White House, I believe it was a way of conveying to the nation that the election was over and that it was time to put politics aside and come together for the good of our nation. There's a saying, "united we stand, divided we fall." And another that says"one nation under God." I believe its imperative that we STOP talking about the Romneys wealth and the 47% comment and come together as Americans because if we let our ignorance and complacency get the better of us, then the terrorists win!

    April 16, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. jim

    So this is all you could find to speak about what happened?

    April 16, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    "You don't want to be wrong on this the FIRST time"- Def. Sec. Chuck Hagel re: N. Korea. Soooo, Bush/Cheney shouldn't get a Mulligan for missing the 9-11 Attack, Iraq or screwing up Afghanistan AFTER attacking the right Country.

    April 16, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's face it, if you people have a problem with Tagg's attempts to rally Americans and call for justice in the midst of this heinous tragedy, then what your are doing is inevitably condoning this tragedy and subsequently saying to the terrorists that its ok to attack you and your love ones next time around. Is that what you people want, for the terrorists to divide America and for them to go unpunished so that they can also target you and your loves ones next time around?

    April 16, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Caramon

    Can anyone explain how Tagg Romney's comments were in any way offensive?

    April 16, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Kathleen Farrell

    Oneanddone

    O yea and he speaks out about this because he happens to live in Boston so it hit close to home and sorry but first responders wouldn't be in the 47% because I assume they pay taxes and are not reliant on government welfare checks. I don't believe what Romney said was right but twisting it to fit your point doesn't make you look any smarter than him.

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    Two things: the 47 percent wasn't referring to welfare, but to a range of publicly funded programs including government salaries.
    And it should be "smarter than he." Smart people know that. Just sayin'

    April 16, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    When President Obama was re-elected and he invited Mitt Romney to the White House, I believe it was a way of conveying to the nation that the election was over and that it was time to put politics aside and come together for the good of our nation.
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    That is exactly correct Blah blah. And if my recollection does not fail me the Romneys DECLINED the invitation. They couldn't care less about what the important message that the President was trying to convey to the nation, what was important to them was the fact that they LOST. Screw thre nation, screw bringing us together after the election. They lost and they wouldn't be caught dead accepting the President's invite. They'd rather go shopping in DC. Which they did.
    You can't make these people up.
    And money DOES NOT buy class nor patriotism.

    April 16, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. EDDIE

    His name is TAGG.I'm sorry but I just had to get that out.

    April 16, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    @Kathleen Farrell – Two things: the 47 percent wasn't referring to welfare, but to a range of publicly funded programs including government salaries.
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    The Romney 47% comment was referring to those who don't pay Federal Income taxes.. which is an accurate number. It doesn't mean they don't pay taxes, doesn't mean they are on welfare to get handouts from the Govt.
    What it didn't address is WHY those 47% don't pay. Regardless of reason, it has come to be a derogatory, but highly inaccurate term used by the right to represent the "welfare state".
    I have no issues with Tagg's statements, other than it being (no doubt) politically motivated.

    April 16, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Boytjie

    apetra

    George W. Bush kept the country safe after 9/11.
    ==========================
    But he didn't before 9/11.

    April 16, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Caramon

    "And if my recollection does not fail me the Romneys DECLINED the invitation." Your recollection fails you. Mitt Romney had lunch with the President.

    April 16, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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