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. liberal disease

    after everything Obama and his minions said about Mitt during the campaign he still has the class to do something like this
    We have the wrong guy in the Presidents office...

    May 18, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. BobPA

    If Mitt wants to do things differently, he should run for Wolfboro city council.

    May 18, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Kman

    Time for all the CNN dwelling roaches to crawl out of their holes and find some vile negative thing to say about Romney.

    May 18, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Howard

    I am tired of everybody demanding apologies every time someone gets their feelings hurt. Why do we have to accept gays? Why do we have to watch we sat about a president that is a criminal? This country has became the laughing stock of the world because Obama and his administration has made use weak. We are suppose to accept everything that is against our beliefs and if we don't we are labeled intolerant or racist. Well I guess I am both because I refuse to accept all that is wrong with this country. This guy is standing by what he said. That is more than I can say for Obama.

    May 18, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    -that police officer is an insane idiot, needs to be removed immediately. O.k.

    May 18, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Jalal H

    Copeland is obviously sick, ill, disturbed, or all the above. He should fired immediately, and barred from any public service involvement for life.

    May 18, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. kamal koin

    Way to go Mitt!! Typical redneck obnoxious behaviour. Uncouth to the core. He's 82. He came of age at a time when folks like him thought they owned the world.

    May 18, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. mike33901

    Gov Romney was always a class act, in another era, he would have made a fine president

    May 18, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Scales of Justice

    Thank you Mitt Romney. Let us pray for our fellow American Robert Copeland. And let us pray for all Americans, black and white who uses a word that is essentially synonymous with hate. My fellow Americans, let us love one another in speech and deed. This calling is far greater than than our Constitutional rights and responsibilities.

    May 18, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. mikewj

    So much for the weak "we don't have a race issue" argument the GOP keeps spewing

    May 18, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. RatCy

    Isn't he entitled to his opinion? Wonder what Obama calls us in the privacy of the White House.

    May 18, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Marc Florida

    Good for Romney. He has stuck a blow at the heart of the Republican Party. Let's see who else comes out to codemn the Chief's comment.

    May 18, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. K

    There is an absolutely 0% chance this guy will apologize for anything – no matter who asks him to. He's 82 and he would sooner quit than apologize. The bigger question is: why does anything Romney says get press attention? He's irrelevant.

    May 18, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. John from Texas

    This guy is too stupid to see how his ignorance and lack of class reflect poorly on that state otherwise he would simply resign.
    I have read a lot of comments about his "private" comment in a effort to justify or protect his having made this statement. Those comments are just a further display of ignorance. Anyway you cut it, he's a disgrace to the badge.
    Any public official making such a statement clearly has little use for what the U.S. Constitution stands for.
    The governor of that state should also ask for his resignation.

    May 18, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Fred the Canuck

    I thought New Hampshire was in the north? I thought all racists were in the south? Oh no! Everything I thought was true about Americans was a lie!!!!!

    May 18, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. ripcurl

    That's NH! They are lucky if they have cable TV up there, all living in the past.

    May 18, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Jez

    Racism is dead. Yea, right.

    May 18, 2014 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Bart

    Would love to hear a Republican who wants to run for any office say the same thing, but they won't – they have to wink at language because their base feel the same way as Robert Copeland.

    May 18, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Joseph Turner

    The poor, demented man is an anachronism and a human Neanderthal who on repeats what his parents told him. He can, in no way, represent the current population and should never have been elected in the first place even if it was only to honor his seniority.

    May 18, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Binghampton

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
    It's not like Republicans will lose any votes.
    Might actually gain a few.

    May 18, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. KC Yankee

    82 year old police commissioner? Yeah, I think it might be time to resign. Let someone with all of his marbles get in there and see if he can control his mouth.

    May 18, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. N liten'd

    Romney's right but it's not gonna happen. Copeland is a Tea Party hero now!

    May 18, 2014 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Dean

    Classy move by Romney, but what we should expect. Police Commissioner is a piece of trash.

    May 18, 2014 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Republican supporter of Pres. Obama

    Nice for him to stand up but he also had his chance to do something himself during the Las Vegas debate for the gay serviceman who was booed.

    This behavior should not be accepted anywhere in the world.

    May 18, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Mara Tam

    Who is Romney?

    May 18, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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