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. oldvet10

    Shows class on Tagg R 's part, shame both sides don't act that way

    October 24, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, N.Y.

    Probably 75% of Americans have thought the same thing at one point the last 4 years

    October 24, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  3. fernace

    Make his father into something he's not? Oh Tagg, your father does that well enough by himself every week, he doesn't need any help!! Obama Nov 6!

    October 24, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  4. M. Iqbal

    So he wanted to swing at President Obama. Even he has apologized but it clearly shows the cow boy mentality of at least half of the US population.

    October 24, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  5. rispa

    we should tolerate each other

    October 24, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  6. Steven e paulus jr

    Its not right to threaten ANYONE not even the president nomatter what they say or do. I can understand his fustration and it was more than likely tongue in cheeck for someone calling his father a liar and all of us want to protect our faimly but violence solves NOTHING.

    October 24, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  7. Expat

    And this is news? Why is the press always making something out of nothing? Must be a slow news day.....

    October 24, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  8. Jon

    Truthfully, the entire Romney family has stated publicly at multiple times that they have been frustrated with the nature of the politics. Ann has said on several interviews she didn't want to see Romney run a second time but backed him because she felt he would do the job America needs done (her words, opine as you will). All of his sons have made similar comments. As a family, they hate seeing Mitt Romney attacked by political opponents and pundits and see many of them as unfair and slanderous (paraphrasing, of course, but interpret as you will). They understand this is part of politics, but they don't have to like it and I do think that's fair.

    October 24, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  9. NameJW

    What about his son called obama a lair on tv,and I never heard obama call mitt a liar. Do a fact check on one of mitt sons.

    October 24, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  10. susan

    How stupid; no apology was necessary. Any intelligent person understands that his comment was hypothetical and only showed how any loved one–even in Mrs. Obama's heart of hearts–would feel if their family member were in a debate. The only thing it showed is that he's a novice when it comes to talking to the media and needs to choose better words. He obviously didn't mean it literally.

    October 24, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  11. rAIL

    Obama said he was going to support those unions that are bringing in illegals to wwwork on our roads-not that he was going to find a way to support our American Businesses OF ALL KINDS. he wants to give more of our SENIOR MONEY away but has millions available for Illegals to use as govt grants for education. Treasonous liar is what he is. he lied about Romney, can't balance a budget, can't figure out how to make things work. Vote for fresh air. Vote Romney, a man who believes in our future, believes in women, who is a real American, who doesn't put our soldier's in the third person when he talks about US. Protect your kids, vote Romney. Save America!

    October 24, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  12. Reggie Harris

    All the people who are talking are not poor people i need to be the one that should be heard.

    October 24, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  13. NameCarolyn McMahon

    If I made the comment I would be in jail.
    It's direspecting the President plus a threat.

    October 24, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  14. Birchwood

    Like father like son........... It was reported Mitt Romney was a Bully having his daddy's money..........Now the son named Tagg seems to be the same personality........

    October 24, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  15. stevensj64

    This is just a son who loves his dad talking. It's a non-story. Frankly, if he'd have been blase I'd have thought less of him.

    October 24, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  16. John Lane

    If anyone else were to make a comment about taking a swing, they would have the secret service knocking at the door.

    October 24, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  17. Robert

    The Democrats have always been rodents, much like the Communists and Nazis that have gone before them.

    October 24, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  18. stevensj64

    This isn't a political story, just the honest reaction of a son who loves his father.

    October 24, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  19. anonoymous

    He should have.....Surprised he was allowed at the debate. Gop would ve had a field day vice versa....

    October 24, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  20. Anonymous

    No apologies. Your father has been so many times rudely insulted, disrespected by President Obama. He handled it very well. Your apology is not necessary at this time. Like you said, you are all taking political punches with all the political jargons but there should be a limit to what any rightful thinking man could take in the name of politics. No more apologies.

    October 24, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  21. Joe, San Diego

    Sure he apologized after he realized a threat to the POTUS can get his dumb bum sent to jail... call it freedom of speech all you want it can be taken as a threat when it involves the president, even third graders learn that in school... o where o where is miss manners and schoolhouse rock when u need them

    October 24, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  22. Name Samuel Ovat

    I quiet believe that obama at last will carry the day despite criticism

    October 24, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  23. bigsnow81

    Take a swing at him. He is the President of the United States?

    October 24, 2012 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  24. lulu

    I don't know how the secret service allowed this guy to approch the President,after that remark.

    October 24, 2012 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  25. Brian Mouland

    Overblown story from the start

    October 24, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
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