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. John Ross

    No – I don't hate him, I just rip him any and every chance I get or can create. I have his opponent on my soon to be irrelevant show where I used to have sex with the women that worked for me...but I am a voice of reason and civility..I don't hate. I just use my snotty, snarky, sarcastic know-it-all attitude to rip romney and boost obama and try to pump my ratings.....

    September 20, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. ED FL

    Actually there should be SYMPATHY for Robme.It is hard to believe that the GOP was this incompetent about selecting such a pitiful Candidate!!!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. markiejoe

    Letterman has the best zingers ever!!!

    September 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. artraveler

    "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."

    Sorry Rick, that's not how it is done and if you are too lazy to stand in line for an hour to get a ticket and then show up later for the taping, too bad! But we have never been screened for any reason. Another GOTP lie.

    September 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. ConsiderThis, FL

    Romney is much better suited to be a king of some country where no one pays taxes because no one needs any services; rather than the president of the US. It is blatantly hypocritical for him to want to be the President of the United States but dosen't want to keep his money in the US. And, to hear him sing America the Beautiful and talk about how great this country isl but not be willing to keep his money here should disqualify him from any national public office. HYPOCRITE!

    September 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Wes

    It is hard for me to feel much sympathy for someone with a half a billion bucks and a pony for his wife's private pleasures. Romney may have some pending prostate issues, and desire Viagra, but as far as his socio-economic profile is concerned, he can go buy an island and live happily ever after as it's own sovereign monarchy. I don't want to have to supplicate to Mr. Romney and his team of enforcers for four years. Obama may not be the very best, but he is the best we can afford at this time and we should continue with our case until the jury returns with the final verdict. It is too risky to change counsel in mid trial.

    September 20, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Muzak

    @Silence DoGood: I would vote Green, and I believe more would, when that Party shows it has a chance at winning and not taking away votes from the Lesser of Two Evils and giving votes to the Greater of Two Evils.

    September 20, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. MrMakesMoreSenseThanYou

    I feel sorry for Letterman. I (and thousands of others) stopped watching him about 10 years ago. He isn't relevant, he is arrogant – and there is something he "isn't" anymore...


    September 20, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. SPA Knight

    Honestly, does anyone care what a late show host thinks about Romney? Does Letterman really believe that an appearance on his show is a necessary stop on your way to the whitehouse?

    September 20, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Jim

    That's ok Mitt-Letterman's a moron anyway

    September 20, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. rs

    Only an idiot antagonizes late-night TV talk show hosts- they can make you or break you.

    September 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Saboth

    "Romney-Bot does not understand this "humor" function humans enjoy. Please provide input."

    September 20, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. lolo

    Here we go, now the late night show host and all other media hate Romneyhood. Sarah Palin round two. See you have to understand that no one hates this jerk he is just not presidential material. He only wants to be president for the power and recognition only. Mr & Mrs Howell are really out of touch. They think that the rest of America is too stupid to figure out the game they are playing. This man has been in politics for ten years and this is the best he can do? Also where are those tax returns? Even his father started as one of the 47%, words from his own mother's mouth.

    September 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. normajean @ verizon ,com

    The "artraveler , the ' person that intimated....perhaps in jest that a TV show would screen its audience to be of the right political vent is either joking or has never been to a screening of a TV show....... Too many people...too little time...resembles herding sheep.....not that much fun either!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. me

    If the Howdy Doody Show was still on he could go there and fit right in...maybe the Three Stooges, Mittens, Wifey Poo and Ryan The Lyin' Lion!

    September 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Pat in IL

    Romney needs much thicker skin and needs to quit making every little thing personal. Especially things said by a comedian. Some discernment is needed before he could ever consider being president.

    September 20, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. normajean @ verizon ,com

    ZACK......sounds to me as though you really have no idea what the "Veterans Bill" was all about.....you put it down without bothering to find out just how it was to help veterans.........You should do a little more reading and a little less talking!!!!

    September 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    CNN will you please take this creepy 1% off the TOP Ticker?
    Thank you.

    I really don't care for either Letterman or the creep but I don't want to look at Willard's scary face all day.

    September 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. J.C.

    "If you think you're going to get to the White House, you've got to spend time in this chair."

    Egotist of the Century material right there.

    September 20, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. TJ

    I think it's disgusting that he thinks he decides who should be President based on who comes to his worthless show.

    September 20, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. rs

    truth hurts-

    That would be zero, on the number of laws broken. As to those poor shareholders, have you stopped for one minute to contemplaye the millions of jobs that would have been lost at GM and Chrylser, plus their subsidiaries and all the supporting companies? The banks were getting their own bail-out- there would be no "managed bankruptsy". It just would have been a giant disaster-and your precious shareholder would have gotten nothing- soon hopefully they now might.
    Questions- do you (and the GOP) just hate working people? is that why what Romney proposed made sense to you?

    September 20, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. lcleejr

    even if letterman hated romney so what. there are plenty of celebrities on all sides of the political spectrum. many celebrities babble about who they support. no big deal.

    September 20, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. werewolf1

    Letterman's a Comedian? Now that's FUNNY.

    September 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Have you noticed that Romney used to brag about how his first job was as a junior partner at an investment firm? He stopped that around the time he gaffed, "I'm unemployed, too."

    The hidden tape gave us a glimpse of the real Mitt Romney. Did he look or sound like one those benevolent job creators that the right wing has sworn to protect? Yes, he did. He sounded just like one of them.. The problem is that we saw what they're really about, and not the false image they want to project.

    September 20, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    @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"

    It's not the wealth, stupid. It's how Mittens made his money and how he sees our country and her citizens.

    Did you know, BTW, that Mittens' mom said in an interview years ago that Mittens' dad as a child was on "welfare relief." Apparently that was OK, but now somehow people – like seniors and veterans and the disabled – who get help from the government are just a bunch of moochers?

    It's the hypocrisy of Mittens that bothers people, the way he puts profit ahead of people and short-term gain for those who already have it made ahead of what's in the best long-term interest of our country.

    JFK and FDR in ACTION promoted policies that helped our country become the greatest, most prosperous and free nation on earth. AND THEY WERE BOTH DEMOCRATS.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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