Some of the verbal punches thrown by US President Obamaduring Tuesday night’s debate made Mitt Romney’s son want to throw one of his own. During an interview with a North Carolina radio station, Tagg Romney was asked how he feels when Obama accuses his father of being “a liar.” “Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him,” he responded with a laugh.
“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.”
“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,” he added.
The eldest Romney son also revealed that his dad isn’t immune to pre-debate anxiety. When asked if his father gets nervous before the debates, he responded: “Absolutely, are you kidding? He’s terrified before he gets out there!”
He then quickly backtracked on his extreme word choice. “Terrified’s too strong a word. But you know, he’s like anybody — he gets butterflies a little bit,” he said. “And then once he’s in it, two or three minutes, he’s forgotten about the nervousness.”
Tagg Romney, who has assumed an increasingly high-profile role in his father’s campaign, also said that he gets frustrated by what he sees as the “caricature” of his father drawn by the Obama campaign. “To be perfectly honest, it’s not fun, but at the same time, you’ve got to have thick skin,” so you don’t flip out “and do something you’re going to regret later.”