May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
4 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. Sniffit

    Who cares? Captain Alsoran's latest pandering is not news.

    May 19, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Jackie Elsner

    What's on the tongue is in the heart. He's not sorry. He's sorry he's getting criticized.

    May 19, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. sammycake

    Rachel stated he should not apologize because it is true. When he used that slur to Obama he also said it to every African American citizen. I feel sorry for you for you know not what you said

    May 19, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. mwelsh1977

    Mitter is a good person. I don't agree with his policies but I think he is a sincere person who genuinly cares.

    May 19, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. victorygin

    Still waiting on the left for calls on all the people who used derogartory language againt Palin. Bill Mahr with the C word and Obama for calling here a pig and the countless others.

    May 19, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Cosmo Tupper

    Who cares, he is nearly dead anyway. 82 and still working – must not have used the "White" gene properly and planned retirement accordingly.

    May 19, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Eddie Currents

    Disgusto the Amazing Clown

    May 19, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Ron

    Old white guys..gotta love em!! It's not a big deal to me (as a black man) that this word is being used. However when it is being used by an old white man in a POSITION OF POWER, then it becomes an issue for me. For those who don't understand why a black normal citizen (NOT IN A POSITION OF POWER) uses the N word and no one bats an eye..then when an old white guy in a (POSITION OF POWER ) uses it..i.e. this guy, Sterling etc people become upset....well it's simple..they (the old white dude) is in a POSITION OF POWER..thus people would feel he might use that POSITION OF POWER..unfairly. Sorry for the caps..but some old racist can't read fine print!!

    May 19, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. JAG

    He didn't have to comment on this but did.
    It's time that people, like Mitt, stand up and condemn this stupid talk and behavior.
    Mitt Romney is a good man.

    May 19, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Nicole Chardenet

    Wow. It takes balls for a Republican to call out a racist comment.

    May 19, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. mike

    hey libs, this is what class looks like. maybe you should try it sometime.

    May 19, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. aktap

    Mr. Romney is always a class act, wish other people in politics would follow his lead.

    May 19, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Thurston Howell III

    He should absolutely NOT apologize. He was absolutely correct in his assessment of Obama, and furthermore, has a right to free speech. If Obama and his voting base can constantly vote to rape my wallet so that they can enjoy the freedoms of Americans without ever paying a dime for them, then we should be able to call a spade a spade and not have the Nancy Pelosi party's people get their panties in a bunch while they act like their hair is on fire.

    May 19, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Dave

    Interesting that the last two high profile examples of racist language come from two very liberal places in Los Angeles and New Hampshire.

    May 19, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. tdy

    victorygin I don't think Obama called her a pig. think you shouldn't be that person that makes up things in order to TRY to prove your point. As for Bill Mahr, if he said that he is a tv personality and I doubt he said that on air or even heard him say that. Because if he did I think the right would be all over him. You are weak.

    May 19, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Hogan's Goat

    "hey libs, this is what class looks like. maybe you should try it sometime." What, a doddering old fool shouting racial slurs in a diner? You have some sick ideas about class, buddy.

    "Wow. It takes balls for a Republican to call out a racist comment." He has already said he will never again run for public office, and now he never can. After this, he is through. Toast. Serve him with ham rove.

    May 19, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Lewis

    First he supports a raise in the minimum wage, now he tells someone who attacked Obama with a racial slur to resign. Is Romney slowly but surely becoming a democrat?

    Actually he's being a real republican. I wish he wouldn't have pandered to the tea party during his campaign and then he would of showed some integrity. But he did and I knew just from that, he would not have been a good president.

    May 19, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Gunderson

    Holy Catfish!,
    Old Gunderson forgot to put on his Halo today! But I see all of you folks have yours on so I guess we settled that !!!

    May 19, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Jason

    I may not agree with most of his policies but like mwelsh1977; i do feel that Mitt is an overall good person.

    May 19, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Jean Jones

    To Barbara Price: You stated that " Most of the White population still feel that African Americans still have no place in society." Beware of sweeping generalizations. Nobody knows how "most of the White population" feels. We are a very diverse group, among whom are many bigots and also many progressive thinkers.We don't know in which proportion. My parents were southern bigots, but neither my siblings nor I are bigots. My niece married a fine young man from Jamaica. Several of my family members flew a long distance to attend their wedding and meet his family. There is less bigotry among the younger generation, and the situation does improve with each new generation. I don't think that racism will disappear, but as we censure those loud-mouth fools, society should improve.

    May 19, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    victorygin
    Still waiting on the left for calls on all the people who used derogartory language againt Palin. Bill Mahr with the C word and Obama for calling here a pig and the countless others.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, and I'm still waiting for the right to apologize for the never-ending name calling they've been spewing at the President since January 20, 2009. But I won't hold my breath and neither should you.

    May 19, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    mike
    hey libs, this is what class looks like. maybe you should try it sometime.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Project much, mikey?

    May 19, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "hey libs, this is what class looks like. maybe you should try it sometime."

    And if Holder had said exactly what Mittens said you'd be yelling and screaming about the "race card". Yawn.

    May 19, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Kingmadison

    CNN is just giving him a podium; you have made your point so stop publicizing his racist comments.

    May 19, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. jen

    why does everyone act like this is not said in every home in america on a daily basis......

    May 19, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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