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. Sandra

    Get that monster out of his police position NOW!!

    May 18, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Bobby wood

    Didn,t Jesse Jackson call the president the N word,

    May 18, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Bebe

    Bigots are alive and well in the good ole USA

    May 18, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Buck

    OMG I think hell must have frozen over because I agree with Mitt Romney

    May 18, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Bobby wood

    So black people can say it, but white people can,t. out law that word for everyone then.

    May 18, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Bill Davis

    Fine him 2.5 million, and take away his pension.

    May 18, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Mightyduk

    I have a newborn respect for Mr. Romney.

    May 18, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Future

    Not saying the guys comments were appropriate but Romney needs to kep his nose out of another states business..If every black official that has used the N word was hforced to resign there would not be any in government yet anytime a white or any other race uses the N word it's considered abhorrent....what a crock.

    May 18, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. gnslngr19

    You know what? I may not agree with Romney on much, but he's showing some decent character right here.

    May 18, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. sameeker

    I guess it is ok to say it about Obama, but not a basketball player.

    May 18, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. American

    Mitt is correct. This brand of prejudicial hatred has no place in government (it would be different if he weren't a government official). But don't expect people to start voting for Republicans overnight. Your party has welcomed this rhetoric for generations. Your atonement will last just as long.

    May 18, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Anthony Talbert

    Mr. Romney, as always, shows a lot of class. Now if someone would demand Mr. Obama apologize for the "80's is calling" remark .....?

    May 18, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Seattle Sue

    I bet that Mitt Romney has called President Obama worse names than that.

    May 18, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. gstlab3

    So the old adage is if the shoe fits or if it hurts your feelings it must be some sort of truth behind the whole deal right?
    That one word describes so much and yet it is never actually looked up and used correctly most of the time.,
    but you know what?
    Dumb is still dumb right? and being and staying willfully ignorant and being greedy and even murderous and all manor of debauchery and evil are still just that.,
    It is just evil.
    so what if the word sticks and has real meaning and that it offends and makes you think about who and what we are talking about here yet again?

    May 18, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. gravee

    Who is Mitt Romney?

    May 18, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Robert Bell

    Good for Romney! All the politics aside, he is a decent man. There is a very good documentary about him and his family during the 2012 election, on Netflix. I highly recommend it. If he spoke his own words instead of listening to the pundits and political advisers, he might be President, today. He was badly advised!

    May 18, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. SteveS

    Romney is NO fool.
    Every time that old racist opens his mouth.
    He moves a few Independent voters in New Hampshire, into the D column.

    May 18, 2014 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Trilobiteme


    What the police officer said was wrong and hurtful
    I respect Obama
    but we are now punishing people for thought crimes

    May 18, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. smith1

    thank you Mr. Romney at least one repo who has spoken up.

    May 18, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. stompnaroundtheissue

    And of course the Republicans say white racial prejudice against blacks is the past and all people are judged on there own merit...yea right! it's alive and well in many white people, especially the old ones; which of course makes up the base of the republican party. Disgusting!

    May 18, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Rollin' Stone

    What are you gonna say when you get caught using the n-word, romney?

    May 18, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. d

    Looks like you guys found your new Donald Sterling.

    May 18, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. Mir

    People like this police chief are mentally sick. You can't do anything about them. Only sad part is, he is in a position of authority. So you can only imagine how much damage he must have done as a police chief and gotten away with it.

    May 18, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Brineybones

    This story can't possibly be true. Isn't the whole GOP racist and bigoted? That's the DNC talking point, isn't it? They also want to starve Head Start children and push old ladies in wheelchairs over cliffs. Anything to obfuscate discussion of the truth about the DNC platforms...

    May 18, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Jane

    What is the point of a non-apology apology Romney? Why should bigots be protected?

    May 18, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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