Letterman: No hard feelings toward Romney
September 19th, 2012
10:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Letterman: No hard feelings toward Romney

(CNN) - Late night comedian David Letterman says he isn't upset with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Rather, he feels sorry for him.

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"I don't hate Mitt," Letterman said, referencing secretly-recorded comments Romney made at a fundraiser.

In the video posted online by left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, Romney talks about appearing on evening shows.

"I've been on Letterman a couple of times. I've been on Leno more than a couple times, and now Letterman hates me because I've been on Leno more than [on] him," Romney says. "They're very jealous of one another, as you know."

President Barack Obama, appearing on Letterman's show Tuesday, criticized Romney for other comments the candidate made in the fundraiser.

In an online advance clip of his Wednesday program, Letterman made light of the comments and invites Romney to appear on his show.

"I think now more than ever he and his lovely wife, Mrs. Mitt are more than welcome to come on the show," Letterman said. "If you think you're going to get to the White House, you've got to spend time in this chair."

He made a jab at his fellow late-night comedian, saying that he doesn't hate Romney for his appearances on Leno, because "why hate a guy who's suffered through that?"
Letterman also sized up the industry.

Television comedians, he joked, are "very jealous and bitter and backbiting... unlike politics."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. metekrop

    Mitt, I don't think we need to see you on a daily comedy show as we see you always and everywhere on such a comedy show. You are a jock, after all.

    September 20, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Letterman is merely a tool of the far left and is NOT FUNNY. HIs devotion to the left would have him supporting Bill Ayres if he was running.

    September 20, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. mark1

    I hate Romney and I don't even have a show for him to be on.

    September 20, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. Bill

    Oh, is Letterman still on?

    September 20, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Romney has been saying everyone is "jealous" of him for months now. No one is jealous of Mitt. Many of us saw him for what he is months ago: an incredibly arrogant and self serving rich man with no core values who is only interested in satisfying his ego at our expense (and humiliation).

    September 20, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. alan_turing

    Letterman has a vendetta against Willard. It's a conspiracy.

    September 20, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. Bob

    Rick McDaniel

    The truth is, Letterman is a Democratic Party supporter, and he orchestrated everything about his show for Obama, including making sure every single person in the audience was a specific type of Obama supporter.

    Letterman is totally partisan, and his show is a disgrace, for such special orchestration for any candidate.
    Don't move around too much, Rick. You may get a hole in your tinfoil hat and then the liberal media/government conspirators will be able to implant things in your head. Like the ability to engage in critical thinking, for example.

    September 20, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. momofour1

    @ BillNY – Wrong! Obama is not a jerk. He has always been gracious and polite. Look at the polls on"likeability" and which candidate appeals more to the common people – Miit the Twit has more gaffes than anyone I have seen by far. Cannot get out of Britain fast enough without infuriating the Brits – totally non -presidential material.

    September 20, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. JC Powers

    Is Letterman like a jacket from high school?

    September 20, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. CrankyYankee

    Why would Letterman, Stewart, or any other comedian "hate" someone who is the source of so much material for them? To AncientTexan-and I would posit that Romney is a tool of the jack-booted fascists and that you're all hat and no cattle. Now, what have either of us proven?

    September 20, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Marie MD

    @realityforyiu, Letterman makes over $32M a year and is an independent. Your twit, on the other hand, might and HAS to money to charities but the charity is connected to his church and warehouses full of food food and other items for their flock.
    Nice they though.

    September 20, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Jerry

    Letterman: No hard feelings toward Romney: This man (Letterman) is as big a liar as Obamalooney. Mostly, I am wondering who trained who in the art of lying, and, still being able to keep a straight face! We Americans are NOT as stupid and ignorant as Obamalooney and Letterman make us out to be.

    It is so obvious where Letterman is leaning. Guess, guess!!!

    September 20, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    Willard has to be the biggest whining Presidential candidate I have EVER seen in my life. Typical bully behavior. Start a fight and the minute you start getting your butt whooped you run off crying. First it's big bad Barack picking on me, then the big bad liberal media is picking on poor Anne, who is the hardest working mother in the world, and now it's Letterman hates me. It's truly unbelievable that ANYONE could want someone like this who also suffers from hoof in mouth disease to be the POTUS. Seriously people.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 20, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Robmey has turned out to be the poorly executed punchline of a terrible Republican joke.
    No one is laughing, and folks are leaving in the middle of the show.
    Obama 2012. Period

    September 20, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Foreverwar

    Romney should appear on Rush Limphog, that is more in line with his views.

    September 20, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. kim

    Romney would be wise to avoid any and all appearances in front a a camera. He can't manage to keep his mouth from beating the holy crap out of his image. He's so toxic, even congressional candidates are avoiding him like the plague.

    September 20, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Puddin

    Shame on me for staying up to watch the late night shows??? Sorry, but I will stay up as long as I wish, and watch whatever I wish. Grow up, get a life, and mind your own business!!! And Obama is certainly not "Out of touch with reality." Loved Letterman's response to Romney's dumb remarks....funny! However, in my opinion, the funniest show is on the Hallmark channel.......the Golden Girls....absolutely priceless! I go to sleep every night with a smile on my face from that show. It eraces all thoughts of politics!!!!

    September 20, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Jim

    Letterman is not funny and it not a comedian. Letterman cannot even carry Johnny Carson's jockstrap.

    September 20, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. griffbos

    I for one cannot wait for this election to get over...cause it is getting sad day by day........watching posters with blinders on regurgitate the party line from both sides...... either way I am starting to think the country is in big trouble no matter who wins as it is party over country .....................

    September 20, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Anonymous

    "Letterman feels sorry for Romney? Romney has a lovely wife and family, has spent most of his life giving to charity and helping those in need, is a successful businessman, and Letterman feels SORRY for him? Envious is more like it...just like the other liberals."

    Guess what, sweetie? Most Americans also spend much of their lives "giving to charity" and helping those in need. What we don't do, though, is publicaly go around dissing those we help.

    September 20, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut has to live in a bubble to not be aware of Mittens' non stop lies. While we suffered through the lies of Palin, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Hanoi Hannity, Mittens makes them all look like amateurs.

    September 20, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. RustyHinges8

    Romney is terrified that Letterman will joke about all of the embarrassing gaffes he’s done lately, which wouldn’t be bad if there wasn’t time left to ask him the important issues, like what he thinks about ‘Hustler’ magazine offering $1 million for his financial records? Or what’s Ryan been up to lately? I can see Romney getting that “glazed-over” look again. If Letterman plays his cards right, he could coax Romney into another one of his famous disclosures of what he REALLY thinks about people who make less than the middle income. That was $200,000-$250,000…right?

    September 20, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Let's all attack Letterman because Mittens is an idiot is the republican agenda for the day.

    September 20, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. PJ

    I heard Romney is going on "The View". That's where he fits in nicely. Sitting with the ladies, Hasselbeck drooling
    on him, and the rest of them just jabbering nonsense. Yep, that's the place for him.

    September 20, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Really?

    I can't imagine President Obama making such juvenile and petty statements likes Letterman hates him and "They're very jealous of one another, as you know". He sounds like some gossipy high-school girl. And he considers going on The View "high-risk"?? Geez, I hope Putin doesn't scowl at him, Romney might get the vapors. Hopefully he'll never be Commander-in-Chief. The guy's a bumbling, wimp.

    September 20, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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