October 18th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney son jokes he wants to 'take a swing' at Obama

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's oldest son joked in a radio interview Wednesday his preferred method of dealing with a combative President Barack Obama was to "take a swing" at his dad's rival.

Asked on the Bill Lumaye radio show what it's like "to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar," Tagg Romney joked about his fantasy response.

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"Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him," he said. "But you know you can't do that because, well, first because there's a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that's the nature of the process. You know they're going to try to do anything they can do to make my dad into something he's not."

"We signed up for it, we've got to kind of sit there and take our punches, and send them the other way," he continued.

One of Tagg Romney's brothers, Josh, downplayed the comments in a Thursday morning interview on ABC's "The View."

"That brother has slugged me a couple of times," Josh Romney said. "I'm sure President Obama has nothing to worry about."

Asked about the original comments on Thursday, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said Tagg Romney was "joking about how frustrating this process can be for family."

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. dfgt

    whatever Obama going win

    October 18, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. anonoymous

    Sounds like the whole family is cocky and arrogant. I wish he would have so they couldve took him to jail. Wonder how that wouldve been the president's fault? the romney clan need to go. should bar him attending next debate. I feel he's a threat. maybe even a terrorist!

    October 18, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. rs

    BTW Tagg (what the hell kind of name is that?!)- Your Dad IS a Liar.

    October 18, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Vanessa

    With much pride & joy I say, hispanics 4 Obama! My generation, my fan & close friends are fired up & ready to go.. Whatever our vote makes a difference, we're just elated to reelect him! Si se puede!!

    October 18, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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