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. A. Thought

    Some may say it's a classy move for Mitt to come to the defense of Obama (and all African Americans) without solicitation. I wouldn't argue. But Mitt would be outclassed easily by Obama, if in return he was endorsed by Obama as the next president of the United States. We know Romney would be a brilliant President.

    May 19, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Hex

    Who cares?! It's to be expected that someone old is out of time and place. It's normal. Just stop giving this attention. You can't change the opinion of another by treating them like this. Either let them come around

    May 19, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    It really seems strange to me that Copeland has been Police Commissioner for many, many years. Most times he ran unopposed. Views like this start early in life. Why hasn't anyone said anything until now? And why did an outsider have to speak up. I'll tell you why. Because the majority of the town feels that way. And the tiny amount of blacks know their places and know that speaking up can lead to irreparable harm and possibly death, so they sit back and take it. Go to every town in America and I guarantee you'll hear talk just like this about this POTUS.

    There's a sweet little girl that I work with. I think she's 18, she says she hates Obama because her daddy says he's a Muslim, Kenyan born commie with a fake birth certificate. Racism is a learned behavior. Poor kid... But she still got to stay on daddy's medical.

    May 19, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Malory Archer

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


    Maybe because it isn't?

    May 19, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. an Iowan

    Glad I do not live in New Hampshire! Thought those people were better than that! If they are, they will call for his immediate termination.

    May 19, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Jolat

    I'm a liberal and you hurt my feelings. You need to apologize.......

    May 19, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So A thought thinks just because Mitt spoke up about his racist police chief this POTUS should endorse him? After all the lies and nasty things said and done to this POTUS while Mitt sat silently? Also a venture capitalist that was directly responsible for shipping jobs to China would make a good POTUS? I don't think so. A GOP candidate shouldn't inhabit the WH for a very long time.

    Mitt spoke out for one reason only, he's running again in 2016 and doesn't want the stench of Copeland on his Ivy League suit.

    May 19, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Norman

    Hold Up.....I thought racism was only in the South according to most Yankees

    May 19, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Anonymous

    This country has double standards. In one case you have a NBA owner who gets fined millions and being forced to sell his team without saying the "N" word. And then you have this guy

    May 19, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Joe

    An old angry surprise there.....but should have no public office....let alone one that could influence how justice is handed out

    May 19, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. LULU

    I know everyone doesn't believe in the higher power but trust me before he leaves this earth he will suffer far worse than an apology. You're condeemed because of your heart not your mouth.

    May 19, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Joe

    Malory...nice discussions in your house eh.

    May 19, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. eoin12

    Do a recall on his job. He was voted in and he can be removed by the people.Get it done and let move on.

    May 19, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Clarence Alexander

    It's interesting that many comments here reflect bigotry while trying to support Romney's remarks or while trying to universally denigrate Republicans/conservatives.
    The idea that almost all Republicans/conservatives or white people are racists is ridiculous in the absurd. I have never used racial slurs, and to say in every home in America they are used goes beyond hyperbole.

    Until "we" stop assuming we know how someone thinks and believes based on skin color, WE will never come together as ONE people. And just as importantly, use some critical thinking people - think about who all had to come together for the last 50 years to make a difference in our laws and effect change in the way we view one another.

    Racism is not and never has been a white issue; it is a human issue of ignorance and fear, and it spans the globe!

    Re-read your comments. Did you support Romney's actions or did you find fault because of your prejudice against him; did you post something negative about someone or other people, or did you offer solutions? And if you posted negative, what is your source of information? Do you research your FACTS before posting? Or just repeat what the media tells your to believe?

    We are constantly being divided - and to what purpose?

    May 19, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Actually Norman it's very prevalent in the North. Many from the south moved north to work in the Auto Industry and brought their backwoods beliefs with them. Michigan is full of sundown towns. It's just the south is still fighting the Civil War and still thinks the Confederates won.

    May 19, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Moderate2016

    Simple, make this guy's remaining years miserable. Make him a pariah in the community so he is marginalized and, with any luck, either moves our just retreats into his living room and never comes out. I am not suggesting anyone hurt the guy, but within the bounds of the law, make him understand that he is not welcome and that he is hated as much or more than he hates Obama.

    May 19, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. marsh025

    A Police commissioner.
    And people cite stats showing that blacks are committing the most crimes in the USA.
    Who's doing the arresting? Guys like this. Prosecuting? Guys like this. Judging? Guys like this.
    Sitting on the jury? You guessed it. Guys like this.
    But those crime stats tell us oh so much.

    May 19, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Bob

    What do you expect from an all white, rich, republican city? That's why Mittens has a house there! He's just doing the right thing. Putting on the "apologizing act" to quell the fact that he has residence here.

    May 19, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. RomneyWho

    This guy is old and antiquated, soon his dust will just be blowing in the wind.

    May 19, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Jim in PA

    I don't like Mitt Romney. He exports American jobs, he buys and guts companies, and he cares little for the common man. But I'll give him this; at least he's not a racist.

    May 19, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Malory...nice discussions in your house eh.'

    Try again. Learn the conventions for when someone is quoting and responding to another poster.

    May 19, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. trueb0b

    Another dinosaur in his death throes. His family must be so proud of him.

    May 19, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. smith

    Once again we have morons trying to make a link with racist to the GOP with no evidence to back up the claim. I`ll never understand why some liberals just can`t understand that some people simply don`t agree with Obama`s politics.

    May 19, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Sambell1

    The chief will now appear on Fox as a victim of the PC police!

    May 19, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. bill

    this may get Romney elected. After what I have seen this year from Obama I cant wait to get a new president in office.

    May 19, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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