Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark
October 23rd, 2012
08:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark

(CNN) – Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney's oldest son, apologized to President Barack Obama Monday for saying he wanted to "take a swing" at him during contentious presidential debates.

Obama and Tagg Romney were seen speaking on the stage after Monday's final presidential debate, held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Two Obama aides said the conversation included an apology for the remark, made last week during a radio interview.

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Asked in that interview what it's like "to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar," Tagg Romney joked about his fantasy response.

"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 an 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 • Presidential Debate
soundoff (1,021 Responses)
  1. NamePat

    Like father, like son....foot in mouth disorder appears to run in the family.

    October 23, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. NameDavid

    Now that is a republican I would vote for. Humility goes a long way. Romney still hasn't apologize for the 47% comment!

    October 23, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. eric

    He should have never been allowed in the same room with the president. If I said that about Obama, and then tried to go to a rally I wouldn't have been let on the stage with him!

    October 23, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. PMaloy

    If Obama lies and incorrectly insuls your father, given the fact Obama he is a lier, who would not want to smack him? If he had a dad around to do so growing up maybe he would not be the jerk he is.

    October 23, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Sadie Boyd

    He hasn't apologized to me and I am still waiting for him to take the first swing...any where you want, little one threatens my president...too bad the secret service is letting you walk away with your magic diaper.

    October 23, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Bryan Wiitala

    Who cares really!

    October 23, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Robert

    Flip-flopping erratic, immature and impulsive behavior – like Father like Son.

    October 23, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. on StreetWise

    I'll bet that it wasn't the first Tagg Romney's "Appology" tour...

    October 23, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. Jen

    He only said it because he came face to face with Obama. why didn't he apologize earlier than last night.

    October 23, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. jon

    This whole deal is getting goofy. Let's just get this election over with.

    October 23, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. bellenoitr

    LIke his father, he speaks without thinking first.

    October 23, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. AussieDude1276

    So someone that's not running in the presidential race makes a comment defending his Dad (who is). It's not a big deal. No different to one of Obama's kids calling Romney a big old meanie.

    October 23, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. David A. Woolfrey

    As a former Marine I would'nt be disrespectfull to the man in the office as the President , but as a son of a respectfull American Father and preacher ,I can see why Mitt's son would like to knock him up side the head , a good son is above his level .still I think a lot of us agree with that feeling.

    October 23, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. bonkin

    Bullies always appologize after they kick you in the head. Ask any victim of an abuser. Maybe he should also send flowers and promise to never do it again. At least he didn't gang up on him and cut his hair.................

    October 23, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. rskgreenwich

    A little history lesson for you buddy:
    When Obama was running for office for the first time in 2008, the republicans were calling him a socialist, not American born, secretly Muslim, the Anti Christ and someone who was palling around with terrorists. Instead of fantasizing about taking a swing at his opponents, Obama calmly and politely explained his policies to the American people and became the first black president. By shattering the ultimate glass ceiling, he made millions of kids of color dream a little bigger (Which in my opinion justified the Nobel peace prize).
    Your dad on the other hand, pinned down a gay student in high school and forcibly cut off his hair (The guy left school and was scarred for life). It seems you inherited your dad’s genes alright. It's unlikely that your dad will be president. Start getting used to it.

    October 23, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. JD

    Yawn...both the original comment and the apology are not newsworthy. I don't think most people could handle the kind of garbage that happens on the campaign trail.

    October 23, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Bobby Ray

    So now it's Romney on an "apology tour".

    October 23, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. alienmom

    you'll never hear Obama apologize for saying that Romney killed a woman!!!

    October 23, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. allens

    that is what is nice about being a republican. say exactly what you think, then apologize later. meanwhile it was said. pityfull

    October 23, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. Eric

    Guess he's on an Apology Tour.

    October 23, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. Patrick

    I guess that "No Apologies" gene didn't make it very far down the tree.

    October 23, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. JamesTJr

    If he wasn't Mr. Romeny's son, the Security Services would have probably questioned him for saying this in regard to the President of the United States.

    That debate was no different than other debates in our history, and Tag is not a 4 years old boy acting out on a whim. He is as short temper as his dad. What a disgrace.

    October 23, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. trinimum

    The Romney sons have class and that was taught to them by their parents.

    October 23, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Anna

    Now that is a mark of good parentng, we all make mistakes but we all don't apologize. Way to go Tagg.

    October 23, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. leonid7

    I definitely have alot of respect for that gesture from Tagg. It seems he realizes the President should receive some level of respect regardless of whether or not you agree with him.

    October 23, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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