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."

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  1. Wisconsin Lady

    "Everyone who dislikes you, Mittens, is not jealous of you. Some of us just think you're a smug out-of-touch entitled jerk"

    my sentiments exactly... had to deal with his type years ago working for a big company and as a entry level employee you are literally invisible to them. You could fall on the floor and they would just step over your corpse and continue their inane prattle with their fellow elitists.

    September 20, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Thomas

    All of the Barack Obama supporters, think for a moment.... if a Republican were in office right now, honestly ? would you be happy with the current conditions of the country, 26 million unemployed, a dead economy, welfare handouts up 15 million under this president, an extra 6 trillion dollars added to the U.S. debt in three and a half years, no energy policy the black community has a 16 percent unemployment rate nationally and the entire Middle East calling for the death of America. Would you be happy with these conditions if a Republican were in office right now ?

    You ask Obama to fix in 4 years what GW Bush Trashed in 8 years. Oh you forgot to mention the war in Afghanistan.

    Matt , you have the heart of a Banker and the memory of a goldfish .

    September 20, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Allied58

    Letterman truly the court jester of the pseudo intellectual and one must not forget his Pro-Woman views!

    On the other hand one must show respect to Mr. Leno. He put his money where his principles are. If Romney doesn't have the respect of Dave, really who cares? Dave, another hypercritical 1% sycophant (remember Buffet) of a President who placed priority on accomplishing his own agenda before the immediate needs of the American people.

    Let us all wait for Nov. and vote as one people to rebuild a wounded nation or to relegate it to the dust bin of history. Either way Dave and The President got theirs and can afford to joke. When that curtain closes we must ask ourselves what do we responsibly owe all Americans now and in the future. Hmmm... I don't find anything to laugh about.

    September 20, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    FACTS about these "moochers" Mittens won't tell you about:

    – The 250 corporations that from 2008-2010 got nearly $222.7 billion federal tax subsidies
    – The Wall Street firms given access to the discount borrowing window at the Federal Reserve
    – The $5 billion in direct federal payment to US farmers
    – The tax breaks given to America's investor class whose money is taxed at a capital gains rate of 15% (as opposed to the up to 35% rate paid by folks who actually have a job).

    BTW, because of the capital gains tax rate, Mittens enjoyed a federal subsidy of $4.56 million in 2010 (he paid a rate of 13.9% on his adjusted gross income of $21.6 million, instead of the 35% rate). In other words, that's enough in food stamps to feed Mittens through 4870.

    So to Mittens and the GOP and all their ignorant, hateful, unthinking lackeys (lead by Fox), if you're successful, you "built that." If you fail, the government ruined it for them. If you're rich and the government helps you, you deserve it; anybody else gets a break, you're a mooch getting a hand out or entitlement.

    How these folks can live with themselves without their heads exploding and their souls completely rotting away is beyond me.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 20, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Buster

    Curious here as to why Romney considered out of touch and unable to relate to common man when same was not said of JFK or Franklin Roosevelt

    September 20, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. thesaj

    Letterman has been for decades blatantly anti-Republican/Conservative.

    I watched a few shows, and they were basically all jokes bashing conservatives and a few non-funny attempts to praise Democrats. He's basically a non-funny version of Glenn Beck for the Democrats. But at least Glenn is honest in calling his show a political one as opposed to Letterman who just comes across as an angry old man.

    September 20, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Foghorn Leghorn

    For every brick Romney places on his road to the White House,
    He opens his mouth and a bulldozer destroys most of the road.
    Its like a Wyle E. Coyote vs Roadrunner cartoon.
    Romney is the perfect coyote.
    ACME never had it so good.

    September 20, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Lars

    Letterman is so bitter and partisanly obnoxious he has ceased to be funny.

    September 20, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Dave T

    I enjoyed hearing Obama on Letterman. It's nice to hear an actual discussion about issues instead of just attack ads and 30 second soundbites which is all we hear from Romney who is quick to criticiz the president, but doesn't give any specifics on how he will fix anything and he continues to prove that he is out of touch with average people.

    September 20, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. ChristopherM

    @ collhic: I think you're wrong. At every turn, he has implied that the reason someone criticizes him is because they're jealous. Criticize his lack of tax disclosure, you're jealous. Criticize how he made his money, you're jealous. Make jokes about him, you're just jealous because he appeared on your rival's show. He's like the characters in a John Waters movie: "Just because we're pretty, everybody's jealous." He really has no clue at all that the problem isn't jealousy, he is just genuinely unlikeable.

    September 20, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. ritmocojo

    I'd feel sorry for him too if he wasn't so Thurston Howell lll.

    September 20, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. TPF

    Dave, you don't need to feel sorry for Mitt, he has so much more class than you will ever have. He planned his family, unlike you, they should have fired you long ago for you conduct.

    September 20, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Lisa P


    I too feel sorry for him. There's a richness to life lived without special advantages over everyone else, legally codified special privileges and not being born on third base thinking you hit a triple that he will never ever know or understand.
    September 20, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am
    If you're born on third base you'll never know the thrill of hitting a triple, or even of an "at bat." Say what you want about Letterman, he got where he is today through his own talent and hard work - Leno too, I assume. If they defend their turf it's because they own it in a way that Mr. Buy-And-Sell, Vulture Capitalist never can. They built their careers and their shows, and they are fierce about maintaining them; they didn't buy someone else's hard work, break it up and sell it for parts. Mitt calls what he does "success" because he doesn't have a clue about what real success is.

    Another thing about Dave? When he screws up he admits it. Also, he has an awesome mom, and he makes sure the world knows it. Romney's mom is just a line in his stump speech on the days that he thinks he has to appeal to female voters.

    September 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Romney is unable to communicate to the average American because he has no respect for the average American. He stated that the 47% of American who pay no income tax are moochers. What he failed to state is that most of these moochers are his constituents or perhaps he doesn't realize they are fellow republicans. If he is that stupid, he is worse than I originally thought.

    September 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. truth hurts

    Letterman's show was failing as entertainment so he started incorporating his leftist views into the monologue and then extended it to building up the politicians he supports. The show is now blatantly liberal and highly partisan. Any conservative or Republican going on the show can expect to be set up, mocked and ridiculed. Bottom line is don't near near the fool and his leftist program.

    September 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. wjchucklebutt

    "He's basically a non-funny version of Glenn Beck for the Democrats."

    I enjoy Letterman, but I have to admit doesn't make me laugh nearly as much as Glenn Beck does.

    September 20, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Mitt Romney made the correct call on this issue first. The companies needed to go through managed bankruptcies. Obama threw $50 billion of American Treasury money at them and then ended up coming to the same conclusion. For what Obama originally said wouldn't cost the taxpayer a dime, the taxpayers are now out $25 billion. "

    That's such a blatant misrepresentation of the FACTS that it's not even funny. Managed bankruptcy requires MONEY in order to go through the reorganization and restructuring. Mittens, you and rest of the GOP/Teatrolls are living in an absolute dreamworld if you think that it could have been done without government assistance. NO PRIVATE INVESTORS WERE WILLING TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND FUND THE REORGANIZATION. The deal Obama actually made with GM was that the government would provide the money for the reorganization if and only if GM went through the managed bankruptcy AND met particular conditions for how it reorganized and restructured its operations to avoid the same problems in the future. IF THE GOVERNMENT SAID NO, THEN THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ZERO MANAGED BANKRUPTCY. Rather, it would have been a LIQUIDATION bankruptcy and GM would no longer exist. Your lies are disgusting.

    September 20, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. GB

    "thesag" glenn beck, honest? what a joke

    September 20, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Curious here as to why Romney considered out of touch and unable to relate to common man when same was not said of JFK or Franklin Roosevelt"

    Their actions.

    September 20, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Blue

    Mitt is afraid to face anyone except his rich buddies. He opens up himself for all of the jokes about him. After the tape and 47%, he is toast. There is nothing that he can do to undo what he has shown to the worldof what he really is. Most of the people in this country and the world would suffer if he became president. He just doesn't understand what it takes to be president. He feels because he has so much money that he needs the power to go with it.

    September 20, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Tiz

    Letterman is irrelevant..... He's an old man who cheated on his baby-momma with his own staffer.... a true democrat....

    September 20, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Ed

    David who?????

    September 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. truth hurts

    Sniffit... you seem to think you know a lot about Obama saving GM. Can you tell everybody how many US laws were violated, broken or ignored by Obama when he took over GM and Chrysler? Can you tell us under what law that takeover was legal? Can you tell us if the bondholders (401K plans, retired seniors, etc.) got screwed out of any of their investment so that the car companies could be handed to the unions?

    September 20, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Dean

    How do you hate your best joke?????

    September 20, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. truth hurts

    Thomas - You ask Obama to fix in 4 years what GW Bush Trashed in 8 years. ===========================================================
    We didn't ask him. He volunteered to do it and told us he could or it would be a one term propostition. BTW, the economy only started to tank after the Democrats took control of the House and Senate. Prior to that there was 50 months of economic growth and low unemployment.

    Oh you forgot to mention the war in Afghanistan.
    And also fogot to mention that the Democrats voted for this as well. Obama called it "the good war" I believe.

    September 20, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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