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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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Tonehat

    Mitt need to QUIT! He has a public face and a private face, we've seen both...

    September 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Spot

    Letterman is not relevant!

    September 20, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Anonymous

    @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"

    Because JFK and FDR did not project a sense of entitlement and were not out of touch with the common man. In fact they devoted their entire lives to helping the common man. Many of the rich considered FDR a class traitor and hated him. FDR famously thundered "I welcome their hatred"

    September 20, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. linda

    NEWS FLASH – Our so called Patriotic Republicans just voted down the Veterans Bill.....the bill was bipartisin the Democrats even incorporated the parts that the Republicans wanted in the bill and the bill way completely paid for and yet they voted it down 58-40....even the Senator that added all he wanted to the bill ended up voting it down.....and these same Republicans claim to be for the men and women that defend our country.....maybe they consider the Veterans part of the 47% that claim to be victims, or maybe they think they are the ones who are a drag on our government, even McCain voted against it.......but they stand up at every event and say "Thank You for your Service" but when it comes to helping the Veterans get jobs when they come home they say "Your On Your Own".......BIG BIG MISTAKE ...it's not only Romney that is sinking the GOP it's every Repbulican in Washington......they just didn't want Obama to have this victory so close to the election....especialy as poorly as their canidate Romney is doing......but this just put another stake in their coffins........

    September 20, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Actually , I watch Letterman more than I use too, I find Leno has gotten a bit stale , his bit about how bad the economy is just plain old and Letterman seems to have more interesting conversations about issues with his guests. He seems to ask more compelling questions , maybe that is why Romney might be a bit uncomfortable with Letterman. Obama was very presidential and now will appear next week with his wife on the View . I thought the Kelly and Mike show with Ann and Mitt was more warm and fuzzy even though he said he liked Snooki ,,,,, Mmmmmm

    For Romney to state that Letterman hates him sounds a bit childish and just shows his serious character flaws. This is show business , and comedians including Leno make fun of Presidents and candidates.alike.

    September 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. lindaluttrell

    Hey, Dave, invite Mittens over for a few Honey Beers ...

    September 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    This campaign is reeking of desperation, here people are upset about Letterman making jokes about Willard when our own elected officials do even worse to the POTUS. And how can we forget an entire news channel dedicated to destroying him while enraging and whipping up their base by calling him a Muslim? Letterman's job is to make jokes.

    The SS Mitanic is sinking faster than the Titanic, and each and every time Willard opens his mouth it's like hitting another iceberg.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. millionaires

    picking a fight with Letterman is ill advised.

    September 20, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Maxx

    And Letterman was never funny.

    September 20, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. bob

    This picture of Mitt looks like the one making the rounds on the blogs that show he got a fake spray tan before going on telemundo spanish tv.

    September 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Kimber

    Late night "comedian" David Letterman implies that Letterman is funny. He is NOT funny and hasn't been for quite a while. Leno has significantly more talent, better writers, and a much better show. It's very clear why NBC went with Leno and snubbed Letterman.

    September 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. JecciBeans

    To Linda.... Thank you for bringing the veteran's bill to light. Unfortunately, you have only shown one side of the story – you are making this into a Democrat / Republican issue without even knowing why the bill was voted down. It was voted down because it exceeded the spending limits that both parties agreed to last year. If a bill violates the agreed-upon rules – (a) how can it even be proposed and (b) how can it pass? That would be irresponsible for anyone in congress to pass.

    This is not about refusing to thank someone for their service and atempting to keep them in the 47% (which has been badly misinterpreted by most who read CNN) – it's about our elected officials following the rules that THEY AGREED TO AND SET and making the best decisions for Americans as a whole, not just based upon party lines, wealth, race, etc...

    This bill was a setup. I would be asking our Democratic congressman why they proposed such a bill that they knew couldn't pass?

    September 20, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    @realityforyou, you are right, the twit and that non working wife used to give money go Planned Parenthood bug nos he kip flopped on their pro choice beliefs.
    As far as morals goes, Appalachian governor in Argentina sit his mistress on father day's weekend, ensign's parents giving his mistresses' husband Hugh money, Craig trolling door men in airport bathrooms, christopher lee trolling then internet pretending to be single, schwarzanagger fathering s love child, souder and his affair si a former staff member, foley sex texting male staffers, gingrich carrying on affairs with younger women and if memory serves me he is on his third wife, giulani and all his affairs and also on a third wife I think, Herman Cain and his affair, Vito fossella and his illegitimate child and driving drunk, vitter trying to impeach Clinton eith hid name listed in a madam's little black book, Brian doile who though he was corresponding sit a 14 year old who was really a law officer, Jack Ryan frequenting sex clubs, Stromboli Thurmond fathering an illegitimate black child, gary condit's extramarital affair, 41 year old henry hyde's affairs with a married woman and called "youthful indiscretion". YOU GET MY DRIFT? The list goes on and on.

    September 20, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Maybe he doesn't have you on his show because as soon as you're on, his ratings go down. Face it Mitt, America's just not that into you.

    September 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Pam from Iowa

    I cant stand Mitt Romney,and I am not sorry for him!

    September 20, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Chicken-hawk GOP Votes Against Veterans!

    Republicans talk about "jobs" but vote against a bill that would help Veterans find work as they leave the war. Let's see... They vote for anything that keeps the rich people raking the money but vote against Veterans... Maybe Veterans a a part of that 47% Republicans consider parasites on our society? The Republican Party I once knew is dead.

    September 20, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Don

    No one HATES Romney. We just don't want him ot be president.

    September 20, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Zach


    Linda, as a veteran let me tell you the the so called "Veteran's Bill" was in no way designed to help us. it was designed to get more people on the governments teat and depending on the government for a paycheck. It would have increased government employees by over 10% in uit's first 5 years. If you really want to help out veterans, or anyone else for that matter, get out of the way and let businesses grow. They will then hire people and everyone will grow their own wealth...THE WAY CAPITALISM WAS DISIGNED!!

    September 20, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    linda - NEWS FLASH – Our so called Patriotic Republicans just voted down the Veterans Bill
    Total lies. The bill itself was not voted down.

    Here's what was voted down:
    Wednesday’s vote was 58 Yeas to 40 Nays in favor of S.AMDT.2789, an amendment to the veterans jobs corps bill waiving normal budgetary procedure;

    So your statement that it was paid for was bogus too. If it was "paid for" why the waiving of normal budgetary procedure?

    September 20, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. ConcernedSNCO

    As a veteran who currently serves this great country in the armed forces, I can say this. The Republicans talk a good game, it when its time to actually do something to help the vets they fold. For all my fellow veterans out there that support the Republican party this is your wake up call. To vote against a bill that helps veterans that have sacrificed for this country is reprehensible.

    September 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. sassysticks53

    Go Letterman!

    September 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Pat

    I live in NC and one of my senators, Burr, also voted against it. I am very disappointed in all of these Americas who say they are with our troops. They are turnning against our troops just to get back at Obama. What a bunch of spoiled, silly, kids. I cannot believe John McCain voted against it either. We all need to remember this at election time and they are need to "be fired". They are greedy, self-centered and do no represent the people who voted for them. I say send them all to the war zones for several weeks and put their life on the line and see if they feel the same. I am really ashamed of each and every one of them. They are hurting the USA in the end. I believe that all of the cash Romney has accumulated will be split amongst them. No other reason I can think for trashing our troops.

    September 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. sassysticks53

    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?"

    LOL! Way to go, Letterman!

    September 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Ronaldo

    How about all the people who feel sorry for Letterman, who is the most vacuous excuse for a comedian ever?

    September 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    Actors, entertainment, politicians, reality, money, religion, commercials, all merged together.
    The American consumer/voter cannot tell the difference anymore.
    Get us out of corporate control. Vote Green.

    September 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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