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Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 9:30am

Man charged with domestic battery after argument over Obama vs. Romney turns physical.

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

Peter Schwartz, 74, was arrested at his home around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

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.

She was able to run away.

"I fell in the grass and maybe hit my face," the woman told officers.

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.

He was being held on $1,000 bond Wednesday, and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

"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 her.

He was also not allowed to possess any guns or ammunition.

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

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