Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was attacked on an airline flight leaving Vancouver Monday. A Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, first reported the story, saying that Romney was “physically threatened” by a passenger.
The plane was set to take off when the 62-year-old Romney reportedly asked the passenger sitting in front of his wife to raise his seat after the passenger reclined it. The man allegedly became violent and took a swing at Romney.
"Gov. Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident," Fehrnstrom said in a statement to the Globe.
Romney was not injured. The pilot returned to the gate, and the suspect was removed from the plane by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The plane took off a short time later and landed safely in Los Angeles.
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Romney was the head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and was an honored guest at the 2010 games.
Taking a swing at Romney was apparently not far from the minds of his opponents for the GOP presidential nod in 2008. It was widely reported that the other candidates universally hated Romney for one reason or another.