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. OvernOut

    Headline makes it sound like Romney wants an apology directly from the President , not from a third party who made a comment. That's how I read it, that is quite misleading.

    May 19, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. KM

    So where is all the apathy and contempt for Romney now? I say hats off to the guy for making the right call. The guy should resign.

    May 19, 2014 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  3. DailyKenn.com

    How to say the N word without moving your lips:

    Say nothing about black-on-black violent crime

    May 19, 2014 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  4. the correct spelling is niger and its not derogatory its africa

    tell romney to fight his own battles and leave the niger alone ( niger as in african nations and rivers and the true origina of the word with only a single g )

    this is something that needs to clarified after 150 years anyway and no media service has the guts to do it

    May 19, 2014 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  5. teapooper

    At 82 you need to be retired, not running a police dept. Old people are really getting in the way of progress. Maybe we should have restrictions on old people like what type of job they can have after a certain age, drivers licenses and the ability to vote. Or do we want more of this guy in public offices?

    May 19, 2014 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Copeland is a typical redneck American. They say that a 1000 times a day.

    May 19, 2014 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  7. Bob

    Robert Copeland is clearly a senile old tart.

    May 19, 2014 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  8. moli

    Mr. Copeland is simply expressing a view that is prevelant on his side of the political spectrum. And Mr. Romney is thinking he needs more Black votes in 2016

    May 19, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  9. oledawg

    Good for him. Stand by your beliefs !

    May 19, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  10. Rick

    Come on CNN.... Let the people who support Robert Copeland have their say. I know and you know how racist run to stories like this and post their vile. Let them speak their mines and for once take off their hoods.

    May 19, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  11. Tru

    While the thought of an apology is a good one; I disagree that this guy or anyone else should apologize. I disagree completely with Copeland, Limpgaugh, Akin, Bundy and others of this ilk. My desire is that every racists be exposed like Copeland and Bundy so the whole world can see these people for who they are.

    May 19, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  12. Scott

    This is just tragic on so many levels. We should leave these old people alone.

    May 19, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  13. Michael

    thank god this police chief is old and will die soon. hope his views and all like him die also

    May 19, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  14. Michael

    he is an old irrelevant fool and a joke

    May 19, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. RobGinChicago

    Very misleading headline. Romney wasn't seeking an apology from President Obama. Clickbait? I'm embarrassed to say that I fell for it.

    May 19, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  16. fumes

    My god! Ol' Mitt ain't half bad after all. Bravo Mitt Romney!

    May 19, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  17. max

    Wow! For once I agree with Romney

    May 19, 2014 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  18. IRONMIKE

    Rommeny is a spineless coward

    May 19, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  19. Larry Batchlor

    And that's why he is President and that racist is a lowly police commissioner..his boss mind you

    May 19, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  20. Gene Alderson

    Good for you Mitt.

    May 19, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  21. cm

    Pot calling the kettle black

    May 19, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  22. Mark

    Cranky old white Republicants! No matter how hard they try to deny and suppress they always seem to show their true colors. That party is full of Bundies like this. What a sad old threatened dinosaur.

    May 19, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Mittens just lost his chance at a third run for president, as the GOBagger base will not be happy that he wants an apology for a racial slur against the president.

    May 19, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  24. elohist2009

    Robert Copeland on calling the President the N-word: "He meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

    *Translation: "He's black"

    I mean, seriously what else can you say about him that would convince anyone that President Obama can be called such a stupid word? Is he poor? Unemployed? Unsuccessful? (as if such things would qualify) He's the "Leader of the Free World" for crying out loud! No one really cares about what issues some poorly aged, obscure police commissioner has about the President.

    May 19, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  25. Tampa Tim

    I thought racial slurs were a part of the Republican Party plank.

    May 19, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
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