May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
7 months ago

Romney calls for NH police commissioner to apologize, resign for Obama slur

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is calling on a police commissioner to apologize and resign after using the N-word to describe President Obama

"The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign,” Romney said Sunday in a statement provided to CNN.

Robert Copeland, 82, is the police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire - where Romney owns a home and spends a lot of time.

On Thursday evening Copeland refused to apologize at a town meeting for using the term.

The Boston Herald first reported Romney's statement.


Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (500 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    Psst, CNN....we all know you still love him but what he thinks is kinda pointless now. He lost.

    May 18, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. mbutler91c

    Good for you, Gov. Romney.

    May 18, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. mbutler91c

    Good for you, Gov. Romney. Yes, this person should resign, there is NO place for that type of language in public office.

    May 18, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Dead pet

    True nature of Republicans. At least Romney is standing up against this police commissioner.

    May 18, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. RWorthington

    Thank you Governor Romney!

    May 18, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Phillco

    finally something Romney says I agree 100 percent with!

    May 18, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Lyle Dars

    One word:
    D E M E N T I A

    May 18, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. lgbarn

    Well...we all know he won't resign. Besides Mitt, I bet he voted for you.

    May 18, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. 1776usa2016

    As one commenter said previously, this guy is 82 and still at war with Japan. And can't figure out why blacks are allowed to sit at the same counter as him.

    .

    May 18, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. charliesix

    Mitt, what about free speech? The gentleman spoke his mind, did not hurt or inflict damage on anyone or anything except sensibilities of liberals so who cares?

    May 18, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. TM

    What a joke to have such a hateful police commissioner.

    May 18, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. w1nluv

    indeed he should

    May 18, 2014 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Linda Jamros

    I agree. Admitting you said something and then saying you meant it doesn't mean you're absolved of being a racist. All it means is you took ownership of your stupidity.

    May 18, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. DarkPoet

    The N WORD needs to be removed by ALL races. Considering Russian still call black people that WORD due to them only knowing BLACK people by that word and through rap music it is NEVER going realistically happen.

    May 18, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. John in AZ

    I obviously had to reason to have ever heard of this guy, nor to want to know who he was after I heard about this incident a couple of days ago. Now that I see him, without playing the video, I think we all just need to give up on him and let him die in peace and take his opinions with him. There is no fixing someone's prejudice at that age, and I am certainly not wanting to get an old man fired (racist or not). President Obama is stronger than a little slur.

    May 18, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. jimboob

    Well good for you... But you know you are breaking with the other members of your party.

    May 18, 2014 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. elucidated1

    This white dork is just another example of why the GOP is unable to police their own . . .and it will haunt them again in 2016.

    May 18, 2014 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. joesnopy

    Why should the man step down since it is the way all the people in the town feels about black people. He should stay as a symbol of the GOP. The GOP are what we knew them to be.

    May 18, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Vijay

    Romney is a good guy.... I like him... if he would have been democrat, he would have win presidency in 2008 and now.

    May 18, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. jon

    At least, before too long, these old racist jerks will all be DEAD! It can't happen soon enough for me.

    May 18, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Hadenuffyet

    Conservatives being conservative.

    May 18, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. underwaterops

    Right call by Romney.

    May 18, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. WhoaBoy

    What a coincidence! They just discovered a huge dinosaur fossil.

    May 18, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. BeenThereDoneThat

    Although as a Dem I'm politically opposite of Gov. Romney, I've always believed he's a decent man. He's proven it here.

    May 18, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. alpeaston

    The only fitting word that comes to mind when I see this guy face is "cracker" but I suspect that is about as racist as this creeps slur against Obama!

    May 18, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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