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. martiwrites

    I'm 100% an Obama supporter, but in context, I don't think the remark was so terrible. Nevertheless, the apology was a nice gesture. Let it go. We whine too much (both sides).

    October 23, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. kaizer

    If I could get through the SS Id take a slug at both of them. Our country is screwed whoever wins. Thankfully its only for 4 years. So all you Rhinos can shove it!

    October 23, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. nick

    Clearly shows where America will head if these kinds are elected to lead. Get real folks. It is not China, America is degrading of her own.

    October 23, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Juanita carter

    I think he is showing class

    October 23, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. inconvenient

    Yeah, saying you want to "take a swing" at the President of the United States for "calling your Dad a liar" (notice Mittens' pants on fire!) speaks volumes for Romney and his sons, not one of whom have served a day in the U.S. military, in either of these wars that Mittens wants to keep going. What fine emissaries for the Church of Latter Day Saints! The sooner this clown departs from American politics forever, the better.

    October 23, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. maria

    Never hear a President son say something like that ,how embarrasing ,I thought that Mormons were pacific lol

    October 23, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. vivien

    reflects poorly on his own father
    he may love his father but should not have insulted his opponent and the president just like that.
    atleast he apologized

    October 23, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Ganyabufi

    Swing first and think later (if at all)...typical Republican!

    October 23, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Living in America

    Wow had that been Michelle saying a comment like that about Mitt she would have been called ghetto and threatened to be locked up for terroristic threats.

    October 23, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. cmkc

    Your average joe would have been arrested for threatening the President.

    October 23, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Rasheed

    I can't believe that the secret service let him on the stage after having made such a remark. I really believe that this treatment of this president has to do with his race – people just don't seem to recognize his authority or that he must be respected like every president has been in the past. I'm referring to the remark; his being let on the stage; the big deal being made when Obama offered his personal opinion about a massachusetts cop arresting a Harvard professor; a pizza man lifting the president off his feet, and so on and so forth. Shameful!!

    October 23, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. PoorStyle

    Unacceptable, nothing short of it. Tagg is not a kid. The notion of physical allocation does not belong on our political arena – no matter the context; and to top it off, he is speaking about the President of the United States. I don't care who the President is and what political party he represents: show respect for our highest office of this country.

    Tagg does not know how to carry himself representing the campaign, don't let him speak.Period

    October 23, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

    "Romney's son apologizes, fearing for his life after cowering in front of Obama in person."

    October 23, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. gold

    His dad did lie. Tough luck.

    October 23, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. Me

    Those rich spoiled kids have no respect and they pretend to be so righteous and proper... bad upbrining!

    October 23, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Not this time

    Love the picture with the story. Can hear Obama saying.. "Don't be afraid of the Secret Service, it is Michelle you need to worry about." and Michelle agreeing.

    October 23, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Looks like Obama's giving little Tag a little friendly advice: Don't mess with me, I control the most bloated military in the world.

    October 23, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. nilla

    I wonder what Dad thinks of Tagg's "Apology Tour"?

    October 23, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

    I will vote for Mitt Romney only if we can change the address of t he White House to 1313 Mockingbird Lane!

    Herman and Eddie Munster/2012!

    The father and son team you've waited for all your life!

    October 23, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. hihohiho

    seems all the Romney boys know how to "man up." Good for him..

    October 23, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Top story? Really? Come on CNN.

    October 23, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. ben

    just goes to show – money doesn't buy class

    October 23, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. Sydney

    Sounds like Tagg Romney inherited his father's bullyish tendencies. At least he was gracious enough to apologize. Something that Mitt Romney would never do.

    October 23, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Juan Leonardo

    Obama forward in last debate wins election give priority benefit everybody latín América,Medicare for all we are stronger register vote now......

    October 23, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Rob

    Classless for the Obama campaign to go public with a personal apology. If anything, it reflects on who Mitt Romney is to raise a son that would make that apology at his first opportunity. I dont think we would have seen that from Obama's son Trayvon Martin. Romney accomplished his mission last night, he drew more women to him because he acted more presidential. Its over Obama fans, Jan 20, 2013 is your last day of glory and OUR FIRST. Romney/Ryan 2012!!

    October 23, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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