Mitt’s Son Tagg Says He Didn’t Want to Be President Anyway


Mitt, Tagg and Ann Romney on the campaign trail. (Yahoo)

Mitt’s son Tagg Romney says the former governor didn’t want to be president anyway.
The Atlantic reported:

If you thought the tale of how Mitt Romney lost the general election was already told, you would be wrong. Because there is so much left to tell, like how Mitt never wanted to be President anyway.

At least, that’s what Tagg Romney says in this new Boston Globe report on what went wrong with Romney’s campaign. While the rest of the piece seems to say the problems lay in the Romney campaign’s lack of technical advantage, and refusal to introduce the world to Mitt Romney, the human being, this little morsel from the Republican’s son points to a larger problem:

He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

His father won’t like hearing that.

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  • Ragspierre

    Sounds pretty Washingtonian to me.

    Compare and contrast with the usual narcissist seeking high elective office.

  • Patty

    I believe that Romney stepped up because Obama is destroying America. He did say he didn’t want to run but felt we were going off the cliff and it was Obama’s doing.

    This is no surprise because again, Romney, himself, said this in one of his interviews or speeches.

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  • Patty

    I my opinion, once in 50 years comes ago a truly amazing Candidate. Being President is a very difficult job for not just a president but his family. Many sacrifices are made. You are under the scrutiny of the nation and the world.

    You really have to have some ego and a woman or man by you side with even a large one.

    I don’t feel that Romney’s ego was up to the job. Obama on the other hand has ego and does enjoy the limelight, this was not one of Romney’s fortes.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    He didn’t want to be president and made sure he would not get elected. But he strung us all along and accepted a lot of campaign contributions along the way. Makes us look like a bunch of suckers, doesn’t it?

  • Patty

    Romney’s fortes. And to defined this, IT IS NOT A GOOD THING TO BE EGOTISTICAL and that is why we are doomed under Obama.

  • Sandy

    Perhaps the greatest presidents are those who never wanted the job. Roosevelt and Truman come to mind.

    Then there’s Ronald Reagan who made the American people comfortable because he himself was comfortable in his own skin.

    Mitt Romney could have been another Ronald Reagan –but the in your face guy sucked all the air out of the room.

  • ★FALCON★

    “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

    Romney never would have had a chance to get my vote except the country is under a communist onslaught.

    I’ve said before I regret voting for Romney, but his numbnuts son has me wishing I stayed home and never voted for his liberal abortion loving father.

  • Rose IV

    re: ““He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life.”

    Sounds like John McCain to me – except Romney did put a little effort into his run for office, whereas McCain just gave up and kissed Obama’s ass. McCain was a LOT more affective fighting Sarah Palin than he was fighting Barack Obama, RINO jerk.

    Romney at least tried.

  • Sandy

    #7 December 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    Patty commented:

    Romney’s fortes. And to defined this, IT IS NOT A GOOD THING TO BE EGOTISTICAL and that is why we are doomed under Obama.

    Obama made a speech about Daniel Inouai today and mentioned himself 63 times. Obama is incapable of being more than he is. Frequent expensive vacations, pretending to work with Republicans while unwilling to compromise. And this pathological need to be center of attention are hallmarks of his administration.

    We don’t know what Romney would have been like as President but we do know he liked to make decisions and wasn’t into being onstage every minute. That would have been a good thing.

  • Ragspierre

    #9

    IF anybody wonders why we have such sick people running for office…

    that post should provide you some insight.

  • Sasja

    So Romney, not really wanting to be president, attacked his primary opponents relentlessly to secure the nomination. As a true and faithful RINO, who thinks Obama is a nice guy but in over his head, secures the nomination and feigns a hard run. Well, I have to give him credit, he was a better actor than McLame. I really started to think Mittens did care about our Constitutional Republic. Me thinks the RINOs just did not want a conservative running and boy did they get their wish. I did find it interesting that Mittens didn’t seem to want to use the same tactics against Obama as he did against his fellow republicans. Live and learn.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Just shut up, please. Why would you say something like this?

  • CynicalOptimist

    Isn’t there a remote location somewhere that we can send the offspring of candidates to be held incommunicado for about 20 or 30 years so we don’t have to endure the drivel that comes out of their mouths? Tagg and Meghan McCain can be the first occupants.

  • Sasja

    I still think Matt Romney’s comment that he thinks Obama is just great still takes the prize.

  • donh

    It showed…and you heard it from me and many others DAY 1. …THIS ELECTION WAS THE 1919 WORLD SERIES. …..If the internal polls were really close, Romney would have said the N word on purpose to seal his loss. HE WAS PAID TO LOSE. This is how corrupt DC insulates itself from the people…buying and propping up opposition that has a stealth mission to LOSE….Picking one of Boner’s sad pouty face boys as VP all part of the RINO game plan.

  • Tom Smith

    If thats true then Mitt sux.

  • a former dem

    and this is his son??!?!

    what kind of jerk is he! Dissing his father like that in public, what a moron!

  • Scoob

    Don’t buy Tagg’s comments. Why all the negative adds in the primaries? Why team with Ron Paul at the debates? Why the Rule 12 change at the RNC convention?

    Well, Tagg maybe right. Maybe he didn’t want to be president. But he sure in hell wanted the GOP nomination.

  • varmint

    dear mr. romney

    you didn’t want to be president anyway? well then f you very much for kneecapping every other republican candidate who did, and who was will to fight for it.

  • ss2522

    Totally confirms my decision to say F…..OFF to the GOP? They knew this and they rammed the next idiot in line dow our throats, Dole,McCain,Romney…

    If Boehner isnt replaced, third party for me….It aint worth trying to manipulate my values for their agenda..

    Colonel West run for Pres!!!

  • Skandia Recluse

    Romney had to run for President because no one else would? No one else was running?

  • DecentAmerican

    Sarah would have won. And she would have turned the country around.

    What could have been….

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  • Redwine

    Tagg sounds like a closet lib. What a moron.

  • RKflorida

    If your name doesn’t end in a double consonant you are not a true Romney.

  • richray

    Mitt’s son Tagg Romney says the former governor didn’t want to be president anyway.
    The Atlantic reported:

    “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

    The Atlantic said He didn’t want to be president anyway.. Tag Romney never said that. Check for the quote marks. His quote isn’t that Romney didn’t want to be president after he decided to run. If Ann or the family didn’t want him to run he could have lived with that. Tag’s quote is about letting Romney know that his family was behind him..

    So many haters and fools falling for the media spin still…..

  • Sasja

    It’s a moot point anyway. I just wish Romney had run his campaign against Obama with the same furor as he did against his primary opponents.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Gee, with candidates like ours might as well give Hussein and his sasquatch a coronation.

  • AuntieMadder

    @ richray #28: Good catch.

  • JDR

    Told.

    You.

    So.

  • AuntieMadder

    @ richray #28: Not a good catch after all. The quote marks are right but the context isn’t.

    From the Boston Globe story from which The Atlantic took the quote, and can be read at Yahoo via the embedded link in the GP post (above):

    Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, drew up a list of 12 people whose lives had been helped by his father in ways that were publicly unknown but had been deeply personal and significant, such as assisting a dying teenager in writing a will or quietly helping families in financial need. Such compelling ­vignettes would have been welcome material in almost any other campaign. But Romney’s strategists worried that stressing his personal side would backfire, and a rift opened ­between some in Romney’s circle and his strategists that lasted until the convention. More than being reticent, Romney was at first far from sold on a second presidential run. Haunted by his 2008 loss, he initially told his family he would not do it. While candidates often try to portray themselves as reluctant, Tagg insisted his father’s stance was genuine.

    “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

    Adding to the discomfort was Romney’s inability to persuade one of his most valued advisers to join the team. Mike Murphy, who had engineered Romney’s successful race for governor of Massachusetts, under­stood Romney like few others. While Murphy said he was flattered by Romney’s overture, he decided to remain in California, where he was working as a screenwriter and part-time political commentator. So Romney eventually picked as his strategist a man with whom Murphy had repeatedly clashed, Stuart Stevens.

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2012/president/2012/12/23/the-story-behind-mitt-romney-loss-the-presidential-campaign-president-obama/2QWkUB9pJgVIi1mAcIhQjL/story.html
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Tagg’s remarks still bother me because they contradict Ann Romney’s version of events, that Mitt had to talk her into being okay with his running for POTUS after having promised her that his last run for gov of MA was his last political campaign evah. Either Ann or Tagg is lying.

  • AuntieMadder

    I said:”Tagg’s remarks still bother me because they contradict Ann Romney’s version of events, that Mitt had to talk her into being okay with his running for POTUS after having promised her that his last run for gov of MA was his last political campaign evah. Either Ann or Tagg is lying.”

    That should have been “… after having promised her that his last run in 2008 was his last political campaign evah.”

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    What a steaming pile of bullshiite! Mitt ran a vicious scorched earth campaign against his fellow Republicans to be the nominee because he thought it was a slam-dunk to beat Obama… so much so that he ran a lackluster campaign once he was nominated. Now that he lost to “the most beatable President since Jimmy Carter”, he’s now out telling us all that he didn’t want to be the President anyway? F**k Off, Mitt! We have 4 more years of the Kenyan Fraud sitting in the Oval Office because you refused to take the fight to OBama like Newt Gingrich would’ve done day in and day out.

  • Romney, bah. The only reason he ran was to be a spoiler and keep real conservatives out. The Democrats are Communists by any other name and the Republicans have become Democrats. Neither gives a damn about America.

  • mark1973

    That confirms my suspicions all along. MITTEN’S took a dive deliberately. Just as McCain before him and Dole in 1996 had. They were playing a part. MITTEN’S was a blocking back for the leftwing establishment and their oligarch Bankster bosses Rockefeller/Rotschild of both parties,who was just in there to insure that no Conservative got the nomination and thereby stopped the planned destruction of our Country from the inside . That planned destruction is what both the dem and repub parties want and the “New World Order,One World Government” that would in theory follow that. Just look at the repubs slowly caving on new Firearms legislation. Senator Chuck Grassley said last week ( Paraphrasing ) ” I believe we need some legislation and it shouldn’t be limited to just Firearms”. Meaning even knives and other tools. Thats how far left the repubs have gone. What MITTEN’S also was doing by taking a “Dive”, was making sure no one got in Jebbies way,because the Bush crime family believes their family owns the repub Presidency and it is their royal birthright. They are INSANE and are a Malignancy on our great Country.

    The repubs have reached the same point in history as the ‘Whig’ Party who they replaced in the 1850’s on the eve of the Civil War. They have become a mirror image of the dems and have to be replaced by a Constitutional Third Party alternative ASAP! The repubs are Rotten to the Core and are beyond redemption at this point. They have helped bring us to the Brink of another Civil War ( Another Parrellel to the 1850’s ) as the repubs if they so desired,could have virtually stopped all of Obama and the oligarch Banksters Liberty and Freedom destroying agenda if they wanted to.

    We need a new Third Party and we need it now!

  • dunce

    I believe him because Romney knew that the country is in such bad shape and Washington is so dysfunctional that he could not completely turn around the vast damage embedded in our accumulated laws in even two terms. He must have felt that he would be sacrificing himself for the good of his country in an effort doomed to failure.

  • Bill Mitchell

    Well, now we know why he did NOTHING to challenge the BLATANT TABULATION FRAUD used to steal this election.

    Thanks Mitt. F*** you.

  • mark1973

    #39, BINGO!

  • FurryGuy

    #29 December 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    Sasja commented:

    It’s a moot point anyway. I just wish Romney had run his campaign against Obama with the same furor as he did against his primary opponents.

    Dole and McCain were the same way, fighters against fellow Republicans in the primary and wimps against Socialist Far Left Dems in the election.

    At the very least Romney was Nixonian for not contesting blatantly rampant voter fraud.

  • BurmaShave

    Let’s see: Romney ran for President for about 6 years with a little lull in the middle and spent many millions of his own money. Does that sound like some who did not want oto be president?

    In the primaries of ’11 -’12 he took whatever measures he needed to defeat each and every challenger. Does that sound like someone who wished someone else would take over and do the job?

    I do not know what Tagg is up to, but it does not sound good.

  • westie

    Romney was just another loser from the Whig Party. Drown the Republican jackals, it is time for something better than the party of that lying tyrant, scumbag Lincoln!

  • Sasja

    He fought dirty against his republican opponents to win the nomination. Why wasn’t it continued in probably the most important election of our lifetime? Romney was an establishment pick as those idiots did not see (or did not care) that this was an election for the virtual survival of our Republic. Maybe they really thought this was just politics as usual; they win one, we win one but no real harm to the country should the opponent win. Frankly, I think it’s just about money and power; especially power. Even the RINOs love having the power over the peons and as long as they remain on the cocktail party A-list and are bestowed a modicum of power, they are happy. The country be damned.

  • shadow

    Those grape were probably sour anyway.

    People who DON’T want to be president, usually don’t run … twice. While he may not have enjoyed running for president, he definitely desired the prestige of being president. And so did Ann.

  • shadow

    He fought dirty against his republican opponents to win the nomination. Why wasn’t it continued in probably the most important election of our lifetime?

    His campaign didn’t change its style. It’s just whose ox is being gored that changed.

  • shadow

    Well, now we know why he did NOTHING to challenge the BLATANT TABULATION FRAUD used to steal this election.

    There’s a much better reason. The fraud you speak of is nothing but a right wing conspiracy theory that partisans use to deny that they actually lost.

  • shadow

    I believe that Romney stepped up because Obama is destroying America.

    So then why did Romney run in 2008?

  • shadow

    Sarah would have won.

    No she wouldn’t have, and she knew it. That is why she didn’t run.

  • Look-Out

    I remember Ann telling an interviewer that Mitt didn’t want to run again…that the family took a vote and only she and the oldest son (Tagg?) wanted to have him run again. The two of them talked him into doing it.

    She was convinced his experience (especially as a “turn around” businessman/Olympics) made him perfect for this time in our country’s history.

    His handlers kept him from taking it to BHO as we would have liked, I’m certain. But the enthusiastic turnouts for him toward the end, the money he was raising (while BHO was having so much trouble he had to cheat like in ’08: disable the credit card thingie) and the polls (his internals I bet were better than the ones BHO/MSM were doing on the Obamaphones) — led us most of us to believe he could win.

    What the GOP did not do and has not done is clean up the VOTER FRAUD. I think that was the main reason he lost. I remember that same uneasy feeling I got in ’08…when BHO or the Dems would say they were going to win. They knew something the rest of us didn’t: they cheat like he!!.

    I have an idea the Romneys see how hopeless it’s become in America. Congress isn’t doing its job. The Dems/Commies/Liars/Cheats are getting their way. Until they’re exposed and dealt with, we’re circling the drain.

    I’m not fighting it anymore. God has allowed us to be turned us over to our enemy. It’s our hour in hell. All I can pray for is that “spiritual awakening” that turns around a lost people…how many years, Lord?

  • J

    If you ever get the chance to read the boston globe’s version of clinton’s impeachment you would learn to not rely on ANYTHING the globe prints. Complete fantasy to fit their delusions.
    Romney is an honorable man who loves this country and saw it bleeding and believed he could save it. I’m not a Romney fan, but I truly believe what I just typed. He, along with a lot of us, cannot believe that a majority of the voters in this country voted to flush our Constitution and the USA, down the toilet.

  • Left Coast Conservative

    Not sure if it’s true or another media spin.

  • Ripped

    Maybe if the Republicans quit nominating liberals they might just win an election.

  • FurryGuy

    #53 December 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    Ripped commented:

    Maybe if the Republicans quit nominating liberals they might just win an election.

    If the GOP Elites ever let someone other than a milquetoast moderate win the nomination the media and the Dems just wouldn’t like it. That is truly what matters, forget upholding principles, getting liked is the objective.

  • Redwine

    Of course, Mitt waged a fierce and nasty fight against the conservatives in the primary. This was to keep them out of the race to “protect” the GOP “brand”. He figuratively sucker-punched the conservatives to kill off the conservative voice. The GOP has for all intents and purposes turned into the Whig party. It’s over.

    I can’t stand the moaning and hand-wringing against a conservative third party. We MUST do it. We MUST stamp out the remaining embers of the GOP. It has gone over to the dark side and must be vanquished once and for all or this country will suffer the horrible, Islamo-Marxist consequences.

    A constitutionalist (originalist) conservative party must get going NOW. There’s no time to waste.

  • Injunjoe

    Who cares, he lost at a time when we needed a winner

  • jorgen

    A shame he tried. He lost partly because of election fraud and partly because there were no enthusiasm for getting him as POTUS.

  • Rosemary Woodhouse

    McCain, then Romney…see a pattern? We have a problem and it’s the leadership of the G.O.P. I used to think all of the chatter about two sides of the same coin belonging to the realm of conspiracy theorists, but two in a row…..both against Obama. Something is very, very wrong!

  • Kissmygrits

    Probably a lot more truth in this than we realize. He didn’t seem to have that ‘fire’. Sometimes people just get caught up in the moment and like the frills around campaigning so much they can’t stop. Oh, wait, I was describing someone else.