US Presidential Election 2012

Romney's son Tagg sorry for saying he wanted to hit Obama

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 4:58am

Tagg Romney, the son of the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has apologised to Barack Obama for saying he was tempted to "take a swing" at the president for criticising his father during a debate.

Tagg walked up on stage with other family members after the third debate on Monday, where cameras showed him shaking hands and exchanging words with Obama. After the second presidential debate, Tagg was asked in an interview with Bill LuMaye, a radio host in the state of North Carolina, what it was like to sit through it and hear Obama "call your dad a liar".

Tagg said it made him want to "rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him".

A Romney campaign official confirmed that Tagg, the eldest of Romney's five sons, had apologised for the remark.

The Romney camp had previously downplayed the remark as a joke, with one of Tagg's brothers quipping that he had been punched by Tagg many times and that Obama "had nothing to worry about".