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. dsrobins

    My goodness. Mittens did the right thing for a change. He sure took his time about it though.

    May 18, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Steve C

    You can't really expect a half-wit racist d-bag to apologize for being a half-wit racist d-bag.

    May 18, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. craniator

    I think the problem a lot of us have with this president is not that he's Black , it's that we believe his radical , anti business agenda is bad for the nation , and we're fed up with the media continuing to give him a free pass on repeated scandals , such as sending the IRS after his political opponents , Benghazi , etc. It is our opinion that the press will not report responsibly because he is Black , as well as because he is ultra Liberal.

    May 18, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. PJR

    he either has dementia or he's just a nasty old buzzard. Either possibility is up for grabs.

    May 18, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. TIm

    No..I think he has a right to speak his mind and give his perspective, even if you dont like it...move along now.

    May 18, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. oh

    My respect for Mitt just went up a notch.

    May 18, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. jeremy

    These stinkin old people just can't get over their racism. It was bred into them way back I suppose! Get lost to all racists, black or white.

    May 18, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. ejb4501

    Bravo, Mitt!

    May 18, 2014 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  9. Total2199

    "Robert Copeland, 82, is the police commissioner in Wolfeboro"

    Not retired at 82? Is he untouchable? Or probably indispensable...

    May 18, 2014 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  10. Tony Phillips

    This is impossible, I thought people from the North weren't racist!

    May 18, 2014 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. EuphoriCrest

    Well, good for Mitt. Bigotry only exists to the extent that we allow.

    May 18, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. LeoMartin

    Is anyone really surprised at this point? As soon as Obama was elected it seems, suddenly, racism was OK. On the internet, in editorial cartoons, in the supermarket line... Even though no one is naive enough to think it's under control, it's still shocking to see and hear it so blatently and casually.

    May 18, 2014 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. usama borden

    Please get the message
    Young Egyptian / Asim Abdullah
    Egyptian Spy
    Working for the Egyptian intelligence
    To spy on your country
    Please arrest him
    And delivering in U.S. prisons
    As soon as possible

    May 18, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. Terry Farrell

    Mr. Copeland, don't worry about the use of the "N" word. I do support Mr. Romney, however, this is a (so they tell us) a free country and you can say want you want. When we were kids, we called each other all kinds of names, but no one paid much attention. Now everyone takes offense with everything and we are all supposed to apologize. Wow, how sensitive we all are. Mr. Romney, you are still the better man, but you did not have to get involved in this; part of the job of being president is to not to be thin-skinned. Hell, we don't know what Obama is when it comes to his race or where his loyalties are or even where he went to school. He was elected by people who are "entitled" and who do not realize that this man is leading us to our downfall. WWII was not won by liberals. Americans have better stand up and be counted pretty quick; time is running out.

    May 18, 2014 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The party of family values.

    May 18, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. Alan

    He needs to be fired.

    May 18, 2014 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. Joe

    What's this guys address?

    May 18, 2014 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein

    Romney is looking to be relevant. I think that the only reason is because he has money and wants people not to worry when they take the money from Romney.

    May 18, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. Matt

    As ugly and horrible as the slur is, we are still free (or at least we were) to be nasty and vile (verbally) to each other.

    May 18, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. bflo11

    He's just a bitter old man from a bygone era whose time, thankfully, has passed.

    May 18, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |

    So sad. 82 years of take and hate. 82 yearsand leaving nothing, NOTHING to the world but his ignorance and hate. Hisamily really should be ashamed of him. He embarass them, himself, the state and this great country. Shame on him.

    May 18, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Good for Mitt!

    May 18, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  23. Steven Rudman

    The police chief in Wolfboro's only excuse is likely senility and a long time racist who no longer has the mental ability to conceal his feelings . But
    what the hell is the town of Wolfboro's excuse for not firing the old fool.

    It's a beautiful vacation spot that should be boycotted until that hateful racist of a man is fired!

    May 18, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  24. LeftandRightOfMiddle

    Good for Mitt! This country needs to relearn basic concepts of mutual respect and keeping disagreements from being personal.

    May 18, 2014 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  25. Seth

    this is disturbing but not surprising, there has been an under current of racism perceived about our president since his first inauguration. Every now and then it slips out into the mainstream public's eye and republicans in power (or perceived power) are quick to denounce it even though the people who make these remarks are part (not all) of their political base. when you hear things like cutting social programs for the poor in the inner city by these same politicians what they are really referring to is minorities, trying to placate this demographic of racists that is still very prevalent in our country. Romney might be saying that this talk is unacceptable but on the other hand he has done nothing to help our urban poor and could care less. the 46% speach is proof

    May 18, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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