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Heated political argument with wife results in elderly man's arrest in Florida

A Florida man was charged with domestic battery after an argument with his wife over Obama vs. Romney turns physical. WTVJ's David Jeannot reports.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- An argument over the 2012 election led to a domestic battery charge for an elderly Hollywood man who struck his wife after yelling at her "about Obama and Romney," police said Wednesday.

Peter Schwartz, 74, was arrested at his home on Hillcrest Drive around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Police arrest report.

Schwartz's wife told police the two had gotten into a verbal argument about "politics" and she ran away when he started yelling at her about "Obama and Romney," the report said.


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Schwartz also told police that they had been arguing about the two presidential candidates and said his wife grabbed his shirt and he slapped her on the left side of her face with his open right hand, the report said.

He also pushed her in her chest, causing her to fall in the grass, the report said. She was then able to run away, she said.

"I fell in the grass and maybe hit my face," the woman told officers, according to the report. Officers noted in the report that she had redness and swelling on the left side of her face.

She refused to fill out a complaint affidavit but police arrested Schwartz anyway, the report said. He was being held on $1,000 bond Wednesday, and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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"You shouldn't talk about politics, sir, you really should not," Judge John Hurley told Schwartz.

Hurley ordered him to have only telephone contact with his wife and to stay 500 feet away from here. He was also not allowed to possess any guns or ammunition.

"I love this woman more than my own life," Schwartz said.

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