May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
5 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. Aniga

    I knew Obamney was the same person.

    May 19, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. quent97

    He's 82 why is he still in that office anyway. Sometimes in order to effect change the old have to move and let the young take over. My god what is wrong with generation A.

    May 19, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Anonymous

    In watching the video of the guy, it is very obvious to me that he is suffering from early dementia. The family needs to help him. Let's move on considering that he has a sickness. He does need to be removed from office because of his dementia.

    May 19, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. WYLLGUY

    Great job Mitt, you're not so bad after all

    May 19, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Al

    Kudos to Mr. Romney for standing up for common decency. Racial or ethnic slurs are unacceptable in a civilized society. And please don't throw up free speech. There is a difference between intelligent disagreement, and showing yourself to be a fool.

    May 19, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Johnny B

    FoxNews will have a cheese and wine party for this guy and the rancher. Will be a real hoot.

    May 19, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Linda

    Thank you, Mitt, for standing up for what's right. I remember McCain doing that. It makes me proud of these politicians in a time where nastiness & vulgarity seem the norm. I wish more of our politictians would learn some manners.

    May 19, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. keyser

    Instead of an apology..how about a small smile

    May 19, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Joe King

    If the town is really upset, they should force his removal from office right now. If it is an elected position, call for a speciL election. If he is hired, demand from his superiors that he is fired. That would prove to me that the town is truly outraged. Until then, it is just talk.

    May 19, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. salty dog

    I believe him 47%, lmao, you talk about the pinnacle of hypocracy, here it is, dressed in opulence, and perfect English.

    May 19, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Bill in Florida

    Thank you, Governor Romney, for showing class. I voted to reelect the President, but I'm grateful that you're willing to break the GOP's silence on this disturbing event.

    May 19, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Bill, Bloomington Il

    As a republican there is no reason even for an 82 year old man to use this type of slur on anyone. This man needs to apologize and still needs to step down or be fired.

    May 19, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. DC Johnny

    And CNN calls for every ounce of racism to be kept in the spotlight as long and often as possible, as long as it fits the narrative by being perpetrated by whites or christians and directed towards minorities.

    May 19, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. TxGran

    Hey, coming from Romney, this is a compliment for Pres. Obama. Besides, Mr. Police Commissioner, the president is half Caucasian.....so there!

    May 19, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Jordan

    He's old and succumbed in the previous racial era. Leave him alone and let him die off like the rest of them :-/

    May 19, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Molly

    I am impressed that Mr. Romney took the time to publicize his opinion and wish other lawmakers would come out and do the same. NO matter what your political affiliation, this kind of behavior should have no place in our society. It is vile and does not speak well for this police commissioner who should set an example to those he is responsible for nor does it speak well for the town he represents and the mayor and councilmen who let him get away with it.

    May 19, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Romney should apologize for being such a loser of a vice president. The man can't even talk without a Tele-prompter telling him what to say, and he still butcher's that. Him and Obama should apologize for the many civil American liberties they have destroyed in there time in office. They just set America back 2 decades. Good job idiots.

    May 19, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Gee

    Silence!!! I love this country.

    May 19, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. L0$tinTran$lation

    I dont think he should apologize at all. Do any of the rappers apologize when they use the "ninja" word? Telling someone they cant use a word because of the color of their skin defines racist...does it not?

    May 19, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. miscreantsall

    Isn't it wonderful to see how hate and rage are prospering?

    May 19, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Eric Foster

    Who is Mitt Romney? Sounds vaguely familiar in a 'past lives' sort of way.

    May 19, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Foxlite must be in heaven this morning picking from all the illiterate hateful rants against the POTUS on this topic. I know the uneducated trailer dwellers won't disappoint.

    May 19, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Mike from CO

    Ok, GOP, can we finally now start accepting that the far-right's hatred for Obama stems from racism, and nothing else?

    May 19, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Volt Man

    Sounds like Romney is simply trying to get a bit of publicity with this.....

    May 19, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. smith

    Copeland has sent a message of unfair treatment and racial bias in his community. He should be fired. No politician is going to defend this man.

    May 19, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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