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Romney’s Oldest Son Speaks Up for Dad

By Andra Varin   |   Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 12:15 PM

Mitt Romney’s oldest son says his father’s political foes have tried to depict the Republican candidate as “this evil monster,” but nothing is farther from the truth.

“The most frustrating part is the caricature they’re trying to paint of my dad is so far from who he is. No one who knows him well thinks those things about him. He’s a very good, very compassionate guy,” Tagg Romney, 42, told the New York Daily News in an interview Monday.

The oldest of Mitt and Ann Romney’s five sons, Tagg Romney said viewers who tuned in to last Wednesday’s presidential debate got a look at his father as the man really is – in command and capable of fixing the economy.

“It was just a chance to have people hear him, who he is,” he said.

Tagg Romney told the Daily News when his father polled family members on whether he should make a second run for the White House, many were opposed because they knew it would open him up to attacks. But Tagg said he supported the run.

“The reason I felt strongly about it at the time was I know how good of a person he is and I know how qualified he is, and I know how big the challenges our country is facing are,” he said. “I didn't know if he could win or not, but he had to at least try.”

The younger Romney lives outside Boston with his wife and six kids and works as a managing partner at investment firm Solamere Capital. He said his role in the campaign is just to help people get to know his dad.

“My specific role is to be a character witness. People already know how competent he is — I think I [know] better than anyone, other than my mom, how compassionate he is,” Tagg Romney said.

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Mitt Romney's oldest son says his father's political foes have tried to depict the Republican candidate as this evil monster, but nothing is farther from the truth.

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