Mitt Romney's Son Tagg: I Wanted to 'Take a Swing' at Obama

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In a radio interview on the "Bill LuMaye Show," the GOP contender's eldest gives candid feedback on this week's debate.

Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, says he felt the urge to throw a punch at President Obama during this week's debate at Hofstra University.

Appearing Wednesday on the Bill LuMaye Show, a talk radio program based in North Carolina, Tagg Romney bristled when LuMaye asked, "What is it like for you to have the President of the United States call your dad a liar?"

"(You) 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 ... there's a lot of secret service people between you and him. But also because this is the nature of the process. They're going to try 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 'em right back the other way."

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"I think he did a very good job of letting people know that not only can he talk the talk, but he can walk the walk," said Tagg, adding that his father gets "butterflies" before debates. "Once he's in it, two or three minutes (in), he's forgotten about the nervousness and he's amped up and ready to go."

Mitt and Anne Romney have four other sons, Matthew, Joshua, Benjamin and Craig, who "have all made a pact not to give him advice. ... Our role is to go out and speak on his behalf," said Tagg.