May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
7 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. WeddingChris

    This person – Police Commissioner appears to be suffering with some sort of possible aging incapacity. He slurs his speech, he seems a bit dim and incoherent... does he have dementia or possibly altzheimers? His retorts are not the words of a person who is all there. And, good for Mitt to reply with such class. Not a republican but I have respect for any one from any part who stands up for what is right.

    May 19, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    Joe
    Malory...nice discussions in your house eh.

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

    Reading comprehension problem, eh Joe? jen posted "why does everyone act like this is not said in every home in america on a daily basis......" to which I replied, "Maybe because it isn't?"

    Or is it that you have a problem with those who DON'T use the "N" word in their house?

    May 19, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Tru

    This guy like Bundy represents the feelings of the current republican party.

    May 19, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. drew

    And yet one more time the Republicans are forced to repudiate "the face" of their party. Whether this old man really is or not doesn't matter - perception is everything.

    May 19, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    @marsh 0235. And that is exactly the problem. Justice is not color blind. Both blacks, whites and Latinos commit crimes but the blacks and Latinos get much stiffer sentences while whites get lenient ones. Blacks get felonies while whites get misdemeanors. Right here in Michigan, all white juries try blacks all day long. Blacks are automatically disqualified from serving on juries. I've had my drivers license for 30 years and have been registered to vote almost that long and I have never been called to serve on a jury. But guess what. The little 18 year old I work with has, twice.

    May 19, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Glenn Doty

    I may have voted for Romney had he simply campaigned as himself – rather than trying to carry water for the tea-party nutjobs that have ruined the GOP.

    Romney as himself seems like a decent guy. It's too bad that Romney didn't run for office.

    May 19, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Hogan's Goat

    "Mitt spoke out for one reason only, he's running again in 2016" No, he will never run again. After this outburst, he will be a pariah and never be mentioned again, same as "Dubya."

    May 19, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. SCC

    As an African American, staunch Democrat and a loyal supporter of Pres. Obama I must commend Mitt Romney
    for his statement. Unfortunately he even knows that racism is not dead. No Democratic member of Congress
    especially the CBC has addressed this appalling epithet. I do not like Romney's political philosophy but in this
    instance he stood for right.

    May 19, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. denverboy

    Well at 82 what can we expect from Grandpa Law Man . He's a Dinosaur from another age . Face it if it took that moron this long to figure out we have a black President then really what fool cares . Yet when we take into consideration what other residence live or own in this New Hampshire Burg ... Again we see the all to recognizable pattern of RICH ...WHITE....and all to the RIGHT . Little wonder the Man is Police Commissioner . Large mouth small Brain Dinosaur....Feels safe within his own GOP territory . ... Then along Comes Mighty Mittin's to save Obama from the Ageless and aged face of the DINO BIGOT ...

    May 19, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. CWS

    No matter how hurtful it is, the guy has a right to say it. People are taught to be racist just as people are being taught to be thin skinned on the subject. If I remember correctly, it is every American's right to speak freely. There will be an election to correct an elected office and his comments are not worthy of being considered news. I don't agree with his comments about our president, but I whole heartedly agree with what he said to the reporter.

    May 19, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. cacique

    Well, one thing is to "offend" NBA players by a team owner saying that Black players are not to be associated with; and another very different for an old racist white guy to openly insult the President of the United States.

    May 19, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Marian08

    Not a republican, but thanks governor for speaking out against that vile public servant.

    May 19, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Keli

    There is absolutely no reason for this guy to resign. That is an overreach. Using a derogatory term even though accurate to describe our current president isn't polite but not grounds for this guy to lose his job. Freedom of speech gives us the right to speak our mind whether popular or not. Firing someone for exercising that right is just as wrong as firing someone for the color of their skin or gender. People in this country need to man up. If you don't like what you hear don't listen. It's a lot simpler and doesn't infringe on anyone's rights or make you look like a panzy.

    May 19, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Citizen_123

    The town council must find a way to force this guy to resign.

    May 19, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Don't hold your breath Hogan I'm willing to bet 10,000 Mittens bucks he's running again. He sees how crazy the GOP clown car is and he's hoping the establishment GOP comes to him and begs him to run. Since when have we ever heard this much about a loser? He's in the news making speeches damn near weekly. And he does seem to be the sanest of the lot...

    He's running again.

    May 19, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. real republican

    This is exactly why I am seriously considering changing my affliation from republican to independent or maybe even democrat, even though it make four generations of my family roll over in their grave. Worst spanking I ever got was back in the day when Jimmy Carter was running for President; my grandfather, one of the four generations of Republicans in my family, hated Carter with a passion during the election. After Carter was elected, he heard me make a nasty, profane comment about Jimmy Carter and he paddled my fanny good for being disrespectful to the elected President of the United States. As Grandpa made it abundantly clear, a man running for President is different from the man elected President. When you demean an elected President, you demean our whole country in the eyes of the world. In four years, you can make a change if you want. If you lost the election, learn to live with it. The people voted, the majority ruled (pretty soundly too – the Republican Party needs to start thinking about that) and now all I see is a group of grumpy old white guys doing everything they can to not do their job for their American people. Listen up, bozos, you're not elected to represent only corporations who want to get fat off the middle class. Do your damn jobs or more people like me are going to be thinking about leaving the Republican Party. Go back to Roosevelt (Teddy) and Eisenhower Republicanism and tell the corporations if they don't like America they can go register their corporations in other countries and face the risk of nationalization when the policital climate changes there.

    May 19, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Pete

    Apologies are a dime a dozen. He can say he is sorry until hell freezez over. If thats how he feels then thats how he feels. People say things that others find offensive and deman an apology. What exactly does that mean? If he says he's sorry but still truly beleives what he said is right, then whats the point. Im so sick of people, public, celebrities etc. saying the most offensive things and then follow it up with an 'I'm Sorry". It's pointless. Sorry? He's not sorry! He's a red neck senile old man that shouldn't even hold this position at his age. Sorry? Puleeze. He needs to be put in a home!

    May 19, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. democrat4life

    more and more i wish i would have voted for mitt. we would be so much better off. darn media tricked me

    May 19, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Pandamonius

    To those who defend the man by claiming "First Amendment"...

    His first amendment rights are guaranteed, which is why he will never be arrested or fined for using racial slurs. This does not mean he should get a free pass though. He holds public office. An office in which he must equally represent people of all races that live and work in his jurisdiction. His original statement and his lack of even considering that he is in the wrong, shows that he is unable to carry out his duties.

    As a Commissioner, his job is to handle pay raises, promotions, and punishments for the officers in that town. He can no longer do that impartially. His racially charged speech puts the town at risk. Now, anytime a black officer gets punished, or doesn't get a pay raise or promotion, they can sue. It doesn't matter if they deserved the punishment, or didn't deserve the raise...they can sue the city because this man's racism is now a matter of public record. The jury would have to seriously consider that the commissioner's racism played a part.

    Left or Right, there's no place in politics for that kind of behavior. Yes, he has the right to say whatever he wants, but he does not have to right to automatically retain public office afterwards. I'm sure the same people defending this man, would be the ones loudest in condemning a black commissioner who used equally racially charged speech.

    May 19, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. GH

    Copeland is a product of his race, class and political party. All part of that generation that wants its white America back but will never have such - never had such to begin with, technically. Let him and other social/cultural dinosaurs like him go extinct. As for Romney, his concern is undoubtedly what non-Rethugs will think of the GOP (the Get Obama Party) whose image is, at this point, beyond salvage now that it's shown its true face.

    May 19, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Hogan's Goat

    "Mitt spoke out for one reason only, he's running again in 2016" No, he will never run again. After this outburst, he will be a pariah and never be mentioned again, same as "Dubya."
    -------------------------------
    I doubt if Mitt Romney will run in 2016. No, I suspect that Mitt's speaking out again, and sounding reasonable instead of like a nut job, is part of strategy by Republicans to rebrand themselves. Karl Rove aside, the establishment is having former Republican politicians who will never run for office again making statements that sound mainstream to appeal to more moderate voters.

    Have you noticed how relatively quiet that Republicans holding seats in Congress have been lately on hot button, social issues? They used make all sorts of extreme statements to appeal to their base, but they have suddenly turned it off and now people like Romney are coming out of the woodwork making moderate statements.

    What Romney says has nothing to do with the actual votes being taken by Republicans in the Congress. They still have the same agenda, as always. They're just letting folks who have no responsibility to win an election make statements that might anger the base, but who cares about that. For as long as they know that their person didn't say that, then Romney can say whatever he wants to say.

    May 19, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Bill

    OMG! Sticks and stones, people!
    It is just a word. Unless of course you feel it identifies you. For me, no word, color, etc identifies me. My character and integrity is what identifies me so call me every name in the book. It just shows the name caller is the dope.

    Now if you start taking away the right to free speech, free thinking, and telling people how they have to think and feel, regardless if it is negative or not, then you are as bad as any of them.

    May 19, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. John

    This guy needs to go...

    May 19, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. James

    "There is absolutely no reason for this guy to resign. That is an overreach. Using a derogatory term even though accurate to describe our current president isn't polite but not grounds for this guy to lose his job. Freedom of speech gives us the right to speak our mind whether popular or not. Firing someone for exercising that right is just as wrong as firing someone for the color of their skin or gender. People in this country need to man up. If you don't like what you hear don't listen. It's a lot simpler and doesn't infringe on anyone's rights or make you look like a panzy."

    Is this real? The epitome of normative social influence and brain-washed ignorance.

    May 19, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Chris

    apologize and resign.... Would only apologize if I were going to keep my job... Obama can kiss my foot as well.

    May 19, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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