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. Gravity

    I guess the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. I wonder if the son also mistreats and bullies his frat brothers?

    October 24, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  2. Poleski

    Is this headline wrong?
    “Romney's son apologizes to Obama for 'swing' remark”
    Did he say the word apologize? Then according to the main stream media he wasn’t on an Apology Tour on the stage!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  3. Dave Pete

    I don't think he had anything to apologize for... it as a son, standing up for his dad! I would do the same thing!

    October 24, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  4. Dr. Emmanuel

    All i want to see is peace and not quarrel.Romney and obama should understand that.It is a mere political compaign.

    October 24, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  5. WaitWhat?

    Just more media created ado about nothing. There is a difference between thinking and doing. Tagg responded honestly about how he felt. There was no need to apologize. After listening to the debates I wanted to take a swing at both of them but I invited Mike Tyson to bite my ears off instead.

    October 24, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  6. JimfromBham

    C'mon – Romney's son just wanted to play "Tagg"... 😉

    October 24, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  7. Triple A

    As he should, it was dumb thing to do to begin with. If the Secret Service is satisfied then time to move onto real stuff.

    October 24, 2012 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  8. Mrs. Thing

    Maybe "Tagg" just (deep down) only wants to be tagged.

    October 24, 2012 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  9. Maria

    whatever....let's just get this election overwith!

    October 24, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. LakeRat1

    It must be very difficult for Mitt, and anyone around him, to see him wallow around in the muck of the Republican party, and associate with the current bunch of low-lifes that are running it. A necessary component of that job, is a "reality distortion field" that makes Republican garbage, sound like it makes sense. This necessarily involves a lot of spin, and yes, some lies. I often wonder, why a sucessfull man, otherwise well respected, would do this to himself, and his family.

    October 24, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  11. FedUp

    Tagg, your dad did just fine. Here in Colorado, all the radio stations I listen to, and the newspapers I read, have said that your dad won the debate. He played it cool and Obama didn;t,

    October 24, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  12. nancy

    i think that is very natural . I would want to do that to if someone would say something about my dad. i think that is called love.

    October 24, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  13. bob

    Gov. romney has said many times that we have 23 million people out of work and he has a plan to get 12 million back to work.
    i f he has this great plan why has'nt anyone ask him why he has not shared this plan with the american people a long time ago,and showed what a true patriot he is by putting aside his political ambitions . it would have certainly helped the economy before now instead of waiting until 2013 should he get elected???

    October 24, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  14. Binders full of Women (Mistresses)

    Well the truth hurts. It's only natural that he'd want to express his anger. His Dad is flip-flopping fool.

    October 24, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  15. Name Robert Lancaster

    president oboma can take care of him self we not worried about know one swinging . Thats' keep it real he can hold his own. From a gangster point of veiw

    October 24, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  16. Francis

    Thanks, we have secret service, he spoke his mind, not jokes!

    October 24, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  17. dee

    Tag should have been arrested for threatening the President. He comes from a trasy family and it shows. BTW Tag has holdings with voting machines in Ohio. Sound familiar anyone? If the rethugs can't win on merit they will lie, cheat and steal the election any way possible.

    October 24, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  18. Hope

    Tag should have been arrested for threatening the President. He comes from a trasy family and it shows. BTW Tag has holdings with voting machines in Ohio. Sound familiar anyone? If the rethugs can't win on merit they will lie, cheat and steal the election any way possible.

    October 24, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Sure tagg, what kind of a name is that?, you rethugs say things then apologize for saying them. Not for thinking about it and wanting to do it or truly believe but just for saying them.

    October 24, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  20. Name david mckenna

    We've all said things we wish we could take back. Right? Having your brother say "Nothin' to worry 'bout" , helps put it in perspective. A momentary lapse showing level of frustration. Apology - still needed, appropriate and important.

    October 24, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  21. Kind of Blue

    Romey's son is short on restraint and long on immaturity. In public life, stupidity will always come back to haunt you. Tagg comes off as not very bright.

    October 24, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  22. Sam

    Let me fact-check CNN. Did he apologize? FALSE. He never actually used any form of the word "apology" in his statements. He just said they weren't meant to be taken literally, and were just to give insight to some of the frustration the family can feel. C'mon, CNN, if you're going to be uber-strict about a definition at least be consistent!

    October 24, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  23. sellsword

    Your a son.
    You love your dad.
    He's a good guy.

    NO NEED to apologize when someone tries to make him look like something he's not!

    October 24, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  24. heather

    a product of his

    October 24, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  25. Go Mitt

    I am sure there are 2-3 billion other people that would like to take a swing at Obama as well after his arrogant attitude at the debates the other night. He is not likable and very much a failed president. He should just walk away before he completely ruins our country. Go Mitt!!!!

    October 24, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
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