Romney to attend same Boston memorial as Obama
April 17th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney to attend same Boston memorial as Obama

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will attend an interfaith service honoring those who suffered or lost their lives in the Boston bombing, two sources close to Romney confirmed.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are also scheduled to be at the event, the White House announced Tuesday.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who ran his presidential campaign from Boston, was invited to the service by the state’s current chief executive, Deval Patrick.

Romney now serves as a chairman of a committee for the Boston-based Solamere Capital, the investment firm founded by his eldest son, Tagg.

Romney made a rare comment via Twitter shortly after the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and 180 wounded.

For his part, Tagg said the person or persons responsible for the bombing, being investigated as a terrorist act, "messed with the wrong people."

"It's such a cowardly act, whoever did this," Tagg Romney said Tuesday on CNN's "Starting Point."

"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 and Obama were at the same venue in late November following the election when the president invited his former opponent to the White House for lunch.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. rs

    Good. Perhaps a wee bit of unity will bring some sanity to our Congress.

    April 17, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So? Is he a politician?

    April 17, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Copper

    Why? He's not the president. He's not a member of congress, or senate. He's a private citizen. He should try to be what he is. not what he isn't.

    April 17, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Joseph

    This is extremely shameful! Instead of focusing on the horrible story of a terrorist attack they focus on petty political opponents. The election ended months ago, why are we still focusing on it!

    April 17, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    How are you?? Mitt. Enjoy the life. We wish well.

    April 17, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. The Elephant in the Room

    My only question is: Is Mitt Romney regularly in Boston/ Massachusetts or is he most commonly in La Jolla, California? If I remember correctly, didn`t Romney have to get a bit creative to claim Massachusetts residency so that he could run for Governor?

    If he is regularly in Boston [and being on some committee at his son`s firm doesn`t qualify] then, particularly @ the gracious invitation of the present Governor, it`s appropriate for Mitt to attend. But if not, any grandstanding deserves to be exposed.

    April 17, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. JiminNM

    What if the survivors and families of the victims don't want the perpetrators to attend?

    April 17, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Eric Herrold

    Rather than be disgruntled and hold a grudge, I continue to see Mr. Romney show gratitude and genuine care for this country and our people. The more he hangs around, the more I like, and more important, respect the man

    April 17, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. JAMES TAYLOR

    Who cares about Mitt, I can not see why he should even have his name in print.

    April 17, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. sabina barnes

    Politics have nothing to do with this, the people of boston need our prayers and justice will be served.

    April 17, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Catmandew

    Maybe they will talk to each other and say hi. I do not understand why this is news. They both are going to a memorial in Boston and they both want the same thing. I believe Mitt and Obama both want justice for the people involved that were injured. I also think the persons that did this act of terror will be caught and punished! Mitt, Tagg and Obama are tryin to rally the people and they have put their differences aside to do what is best for everyone.

    April 17, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Catmandew

    Hope they catch the slime that committed such a cowardice, cold blooded act against our country! Also hope all these lines between everyone fall away after such an act and we all stand together in adversity!

    April 17, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Larry L

    How do we know the bomber wasn't just a citizen exercising his right to "bear arms" as the 2nd Amendment states? (Actually stated in the 2nd) The right-wing claims the 2nd protects the right to overthrow an oppressive government. (Not stated in the 2nd.) Many of them also say the citizens should be allowed to maintain weapons on par with the military. Since the 2nd doesn't define "arms" maybe bombs are okay... the military has bombs. (Again – not in the 2nd). Maybe the cowardly, evil piece of crap who bombed those innocent people in Boston was an American who unilaterally decided our government had grown too oppressive. He then declared himself a "well-regulated militia" (Also – not defined in the 2nd.) and took action. Using a fearful and distorted N.R.A. philosophy (rather than common sense) terrorism and patriotism could be viewed as two sides of the same coin. That's a major flaw in the entire 2nd Amendment argument.

    April 17, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Willard's "sincerity" will always be in question for me, especially since MA voted overwhelmingly for the president.

    April 17, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Pk duster

    May be mittens does have a heart god please do not let him speak

    April 18, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. NameGoose

    Such warm and heartfelt words from Tagg. My heartfelt prayers go
    out to Boston and especially to the victims and the victims family. Whoever did this terrible act to the innocent people of Boston I hope burns in hell for what they have none. God Bless the people of Boston, in which I will pray for them for their strength and courage in this time sorrow.

    April 18, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  17. NameGoose

    I am praying for Boston... May God Bless all of Boston in this time of sorrow.

    April 18, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. rosethornne

    Still pretending to have human emotions I see.

    April 18, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    And who would understand "cowardly acts" better than a Romney?

    April 18, 2013 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  20. Thomas

    Why is Tagg Romney relevant , could it be he is running for Governor ?

    April 18, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  21. Name Uche Agonsi

    Both Mitt & Tag are one & same to me. They are nothing like Obama. The Romneys should appreciate Obama for rescuing the stocks market & making them stay in business, not detaste anything Obama .......& for the POTUS,he should use the long stick while dinning with them.

    April 18, 2013 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Really? He had nothing personal to say to the victims and their families. He tagged his son to speak for him and now he is attending a memorial service? The family whose sons either went to France during the Vietnam War or have never held a gun in defense of their country.
    Get lost!

    April 18, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Who cares about him. Most of the people in Mass. can't stand him.

    April 18, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |