May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
4 years 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. Take Me To The River....

    Well done by Mitt! His father was a REALLY decent guy who fought for Civil Rights in the sixties.... no matter what you think of a man's politics there is no room for racism... there is no room for religous or family slander either... stick to the issues... stick to what mattters ... and for Heavens sake– LET'S TRY to to get together and work as a AMERICANS ... together, one nation, one people.....

    May 19, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. KarmaBurns

    Thank you, Mr. Romney, for being a gentleman in this. There is no room for this behavior among civilized society.

    May 19, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Copeland is the southern half of a north bound horse.

    May 19, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. John

    Atta boy Romney! Glad to see this. Good man.

    May 19, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. cneder

    poor guy. What will Owebama do? Perhaps he can invite the police guy to have a beer with him.

    May 19, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. frnak

    how about that t6he mummy speaks was to stupid to fide for president but now he speaks

    May 19, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. v1cious

    There must be some mistake. Ann Coulter said racism doesn't exist anymore.

    May 19, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. JoeyJoJo Shabadoo

    Maybe he was reciting his lines for Blazing Saddles on Broadway. The Sheriff is a Ni (ping). What he say? I think he said the Sheriff is near? Did you say the Sheriff is near? No dammit I said the Sheriff is a Ni (ping)!

    May 19, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    We know Mitt. You don't want him messing up your chances at what is this your 3rd run?? Who knows you might make it this time. Three times the charm eh? Lord knows the rest of your party is insane except Christy, who is a typical NJ mob boss. It looks like you might rise to the top Mitt. Just like ish.

    Here's a little free advice though... This time have an acceptance speech and a concession speech. And you might not want to listen to Karl Rove this time. He doesn't seem too intelligent.... He made you look like an even bigger fool than you are last time.

    May 19, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Lewis

    Look, say what you want about any President's policies if you don't like them, but there's no place for that word in our society. Period.

    May 19, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Hoagie58

    While I agree that he should resign, why apologize? Let's face it; the world is FULL of apologies issued solely because the individual was caught. I was taught that an apology only means something when you are truly remorseful, and when you won't repeat the injurious behavior. Let's face it, neither Donald Serling nor Robert Copeland have any regret other than being confronted for abhorrent behavior. You can't change an old racist, no matter how "sorry" they claim to be.

    May 19, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Bob Hope's Ghost

    shut up romney, no one likes you!

    May 19, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. MeladyV

    Not a fan of Romney's but I respect and agree with his thoughts on this issue. Some things are just wrong, and age doesn't justify wrongdoing. This nasty old racist is content with himself, knows what he said was wrong, and is too stubborn and proud to voluntarily leave his job. So he should be removed. Period.

    May 19, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. markm0904

    I'm starting to see a pattern here. 82 year old Police Chief, 81 (?) year old Sterling. Brings back memories of the hippie saying: "don't trust anyone over 30."

    "Don't listen to anyone over 80", they're probably a bigot.

    May 19, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. jill

    True class. Despite being vilified by the Obama and his goons, Romney still stands for decency.

    May 19, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Say What

    While I agree with Mr. Romney I would have to wonder why Mr. Romney is becoming so public and trying to sound so reasonable unless he is gearing up for another run for President. Perhaps he has realized that our next President will be Republican (why not, the Democrats failed to deliver?) and he is the only serious (?) candidate. The Democrats are rallying around Hillary Clinton who doesn't stand a chance in Hell. I myself would vote for Romney over Clinton. It will come down to whichever candidate is hated the least. Just a figurehead position anyway given that banks and military contractors run the real government.

    May 19, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. MaryM

    Thank God the old farts like the NH police commissioner will die off soon .

    May 19, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. grice208

    Hmmm....82 years old, born somewhere around 1932. That's some historical hate right there.

    May 19, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. cm

    The man has been like this all his life, it what his parents has taught. On the other hand my black parents taught me,
    "Stick and Stones may break my bones; but words will never hurt me. Move on America. I think he shoud resign because of his age not his mouth,like the old forts sitting on capital today.

    May 19, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Joi Gibson

    I agree Mr. Romney!

    May 19, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. KMAG

    I am not a Romneybot by any stretch of the imagination but kudos for him for doing/saying the right thing.

    May 19, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. sparky

    Kudos to Romney for demonstrating some class here.

    May 19, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Greg

    I bet he gets his own show on FOX News now. The rights newest hero.

    May 19, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Gunderson

    Kinda reminds me of Fearless Fosdick apoligizing for getting in the way of criminals bullets, aimed at him. Wonder what Al Capp would be saying about this.

    May 19, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. furianxo

    No doubt he is on the terrorist list now... he best not leave the country.

    May 19, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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