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. Reality

    Now his Dad will call it "Tagg's Apology Tour"!

    October 24, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Bman

    Oh wrap it up in family and it's all good, just like baseball and apple pie hunh? I suggest young Mr. Romney have another interview this time with the Secret Service.

    October 24, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. JohnW

    There was nothing wrong with his comment. But if he was going to take a swing at everybody that called his father a liar, he'd be swinging more than Tyson and Ali combined.

    October 24, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. dike

    if it were Bush he would say bring it on and I would be OK with that because I have no respect for Bush. For Obama I have utmost respect for him, this comment shows Romney's son is still immature.

    October 24, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. jim king

    i say it's no more than a fair honest statement. dems and libs take your shallow hate elsewhere.

    October 24, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Now? commented "Now that Tagg has apologized to Obama (which was the right thing to do), should Obama apologize for all the lies he has said about Romney?" (Typical ignorant comment from the right......Tagg apologized for a 'physical threat' not for lying to the President!)

    October 24, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. wanda newto

    So disrespectful and his father is so proud of him? Really!!!! A bunch of nut cases if you ask me. If being a mormon creates people like them, I want no part of that relegion.

    October 24, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Amazed at the Stupidity

    Really folks? I mean Really?! How sad is it that a son cannot share his feelings about sitting and watching someone attack his dad... when asked the question. I dare any of you to say you would not feel the same... if you have love and respect for your own parents, that is. #stupidpeople

    October 24, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. GotMullet

    I am really amazed that certain people actually think Tag should've even had to consider that an apology, for such an obviously innocuous, facetious, and good natured comment, was even fleetingly necessary. CNN, how about, "Apology for what?" The Left, and Obama's campaign is really, really off their rockers and scraping the bottom of the barrel. (Boy, Obama's minions have really found THE October surprize about the Romney's exceptional family values... those LOOSE lips of TAG ROMNEY!) GEEZ! Our only hope is change!

    October 24, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Name Elizabeth kemp

    That's a dam shame Romney son should of known better it's A Debate he need to grow

    October 24, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. MikeWI

    Regarding the comment from Now? ("Now that Tagg has apologized to Obama (which was the right thing to do), should Obama apologize for all the lies he has said about Romney?") Your ignorant comment is typical. Tagg apologized for showing disrespect to the President NOT for lying!

    October 24, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    Good for Tag Romney for doing the right thing. It shows that he's a gentleman and Mitt and Anne raised him right. But I'm still voting for Obama....LOL But unlike the haters on the right and the left, I'll support Romney if he wins. The President of the United States deserves respect, no matter what party he or she is a member of!

    October 24, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Saboth

    I'm not sure at what point it became acceptable to be rude or condescending to the President. Calling him "liar" as he speaks, talking about punching him, lying about him, calling him by his first or middle name, refusing invitations to the White House. I think it just shows our continual decline of manners and respect in this country.

    October 24, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Name

    Another example of media falling all over themselves trying to prop up Obama and present Romney in a bad light. Mountain out of a molehill.

    October 24, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    If you're feelin' froggy, son.....JUMP!

    October 24, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Nikki 2012

    Regarding the statement from Vote 2012 on the Romney family violence, too bad no one has documented a history of this. We have only heard of two incidents – WMR forcibly cutting another boy's hair and now his son threatening the president. We know WMR is a bully, We know that GW Bush is/was a bully – look where that got us. We don't need another bully in the White House.

    October 24, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Hillcrester

    I strongly support the Presidebt's re-election, but SERIOUSLY this is just silliness. Neither the originall statement nor the subsequent apology is of any importance.

    October 24, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Name kae

    Now how far would this go if it had come from the other side

    October 24, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    The President has been openly rude in his facial expressions and tone towards Gov.Romney. He lacks the style we've come to expect from past Presidents which we as a nation are striving to get back to. At times the President acts as if he is still in his 20's speaking at community groups.
    I lost my respect for him when he did not speak up for Secretary of State Clinton when she took responsibility for the deaths of our Ambassador and staff. Past Presidents would have stood behind her and taken the responsibility that – the buck stops with him. However, between his desire to play golf on Sunday's and former President's Clinton unending desire to stay in the spotlight the Lady lost out big. And, we as a nation lost when people elected him in the primaries four years ago.
    So, he can roll up his shirt sleeves and run up to the podium and put on his favorite smile. But, other than that he is an empty shell of a man. He has become Robert Redford in "The Candidate".

    October 24, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Joe B.

    Well it's because of all the lies and attacks by Obama. Who doesn't want to take a swing at the President right now after four years of lies, cover-ups, failures and broken promises. Any kids who witnesses his dad get attacked by lies would be mad and want to take a swing. Let's remember that words are different than actions. Case and point would be Obama, all words, no action.

    NOBAMA 2012

    October 24, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Is this how were showing,telling and teaching our kids about bullying. NO EXCUSE!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. msh

    Like father like son

    October 24, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Hope Dope

    now if Obama can apologize to us for the last four years we are even

    October 24, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Penny Wright

    A message for women....

    Mitt Romney is for ending funding for Planned Parenthood...including cancer screenings.

    He said he would overturn Roe v Wade.

    We have Republicans trying to redefine rape....trying to force women to get invasive ultrasounds.

    If you think this election won't effect you and your life, think again.

    Vote for Barack Obama.

    October 24, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Ekaterina Kaverina

    The apology is absolutely hidden somewhere in the remarks on " lies about his dad." Oh well, I thought one of them acted decent once in a while. I was mistaken. Why would they apologize for anything when they think an apology is a sign of weakness? (Typical criminal and Communist thinking, by the way)

    October 24, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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