Tagg Romney jokes about ‘taking a swing’ at President Obama

Tagg Romney is facing criticism for joking about punching the president

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Bradley
Tagg Romney speaking to students at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Tagg Romney speaking to students at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney’s eldest son, joked to a local radio station following the debate that President Obama’s comments toward his dad made him want to “take a swing at him.” Tagg Romney was asked during an interview with a North Carolina radio station how he felt when Obama accused his father of being “a liar.” His response has triggered criticism.

Tagg jokingly responded saying, “Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him. 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 this is the nature of the process. They’re gonna try to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he’s not.”

Tagg Romney went on to say, “We signed up for it, we’ve got to kind of sit there and take our punches, and then send them right back the other way.”

Although it may have been a natural response to come to his father’s defense, coming just weeks before voting day, Tagg’s response probably wasn’t the best thing for the governor’s chances at the polls.

Tagg’s brother, Josh Romney, commented on his brother’s “off the cuff” comment during an appearance on ABC’s The View with Ann Romney saying it was only a joke. He continued to make light of the situation by saying, “That brother has slugged me a couple of times. I assure you, President Obama has nothing to worry about.”

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