May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
6 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. worldcares

    I have to ask, why is Mr. Rowlands, past retirement age, still the Police Commissioner of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and why was he re elected, in March, to serve another three years?
    I grew up with a racist Father. He would make derogatory comments, with a sense of humor, which I found offensive. He still does.
    My Father is 86 now, but in all my life, my Father had manners and was never crass enough, to make opinionated comments in public.
    If Mr. Rowlands isn't willing to apologize, he will not be willing to resign.

    May 19, 2014 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  2. Wit-Sec

    African-Americans say the N-word multiple times per day.

    Blacks are offended by the use of the N-word? ...or only offended when white people say it?

    May 19, 2014 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  3. GOP embarrassment

    Some hillbilly cracker shooting off his old-fart GOP stupidity. Time to move on old man. Nobody wants you around.

    May 19, 2014 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  4. Jeff

    Since when did America become a little schoolgirl?

    May 19, 2014 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  5. Where is the outrage?

    Where is the outrage that folks had with an NBA owner?

    May 19, 2014 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  6. 'they took our jobs'

    The GOP ( Romney ) is trying to put out the fire before more spreads... but it's too late. The Republican party is built to fail and it's only a matter of time.....

    May 19, 2014 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  7. Joe

    If the old guy doesn't want to say he's sorry at least we know where he stands on the next election day.

    May 19, 2014 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  8. Larry L

    Kudos for Governor Romney. He sets a good example for others.

    May 19, 2014 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  9. edocol

    hey, I'm sure FauxNews will find something nice to say about him.

    May 19, 2014 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  10. worldcares

    I have to ask, why is Mr. Rowlands, past retirement age, still the Police Commissioner of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and why was he re elected, in March, to serve another three years?
    If Mr. Rowlands isn't willing to apologize, he will not be willing to resign.

    May 19, 2014 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  11. Bill Haden

    Romney has said much worse and more often.

    May 19, 2014 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  12. iconoclast1919

    I am sickened that the word is still used today. It is such a negative word that comes from such a terrible time in our history, that I really wish both black and white people would just stop using it out of respect for what previous generations of black people have endured. It saddens me that people still think it's OK to despise someone because of something as superficial as skin color.

    May 19, 2014 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  13. Carson

    Thank God for Evolution... out with the old, in with the new... This guy may not be young, dumb and full of " ", but he sure is old, cold, and full of mold, lol...

    May 19, 2014 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  14. Dar

    Will the hatred ever end??? Older white people were raised to hate blacks in my option and this guy has simply never grown up to realize that we are all one color inside. Two of my grand children who are mixed just don't get why some people show hate towards them. Neither one says that old white man yells at me, they say that old man is mean. Neither one of them see color and I think that is a beautiful thing.
    My thoughts are that the " mean Old man" police commissioner needs to go back into the cave he has been living in and retire there.

    May 19, 2014 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  15. GetOffMyLawn

    Doesn't Romney know that Obama only apologizes (and bows) to foreign governments?

    May 19, 2014 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  16. David

    Pathetic old redneck. Resign !

    May 19, 2014 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  17. ghost2012

    When people are trying to be politically correct in these dark ages, you wouldn't expect this from Romney. This is not out of respect he does this for his President, referring to Romney. Mitt Romney should be considered a traitor and should be shot for his act of treason against the American people.

    May 19, 2014 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  18. David Anderson

    Mitt should worry about his covert dinner remarks instead of some other cohort's comments.

    May 19, 2014 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  19. joe

    Romney 'short term' politics..

    May 19, 2014 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  20. Joan Bradley

    The best response to an old f-t's loud boorish behavior is no response. Takes the wind out of the sails every time.

    May 19, 2014 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  21. Samuel

    This guy is the police commissioner and you really think he's fair to blacks?

    May 19, 2014 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  22. Tom

    Romney believes that racsim should be hidden in the party's agenda, not spoken out loud where you can be blamed for it.

    May 19, 2014 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  23. Cutedog2

    So, according to the article, Romney has leverage to demand a resignation because that is where one of his homes is at that he happens to spend a little time in. Some would find spending that kind of monopoly money equally repulsive.

    May 19, 2014 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  24. TexasVulcan

    So Mitt Romney takes the high road. That's something at any rate. Now if all Republicans would act like they mean it and not just pay lip service to equality and racism.

    May 19, 2014 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  25. Kristina

    Between this and Romney's stance on increasing the minimum wage, I'm impressed. Its too bad I didn't see this side of Romney during the election. This would have been a man I'd have easily have voted for. The GOP needs its representatives to stand up for everyone's rights.

    May 19, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
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