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. Ryan Farnham

    No good bye to you sir, don't resign, get impeached or fired by the town board, your time is well over.

    May 18, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Ramon F Herrera

    Mr. Romney is a good man. Not the appropriate president for 2012, but a good man.

    May 18, 2014 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. Person

    It sounds like Mitt is finally breaking free of the Far Right's strangle-hold, and it's about time. He's a good man who took some bone-headed positions during the election, but now he's standing up for what he thinks is right rather than what the TP demands that he say.

    May 18, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. Charles

    This guy should crawl back into his hole.

    May 18, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Bert in UT

    Well, maybe the Republicans are about to have their "Sister Souljah Moment" when they start calling out the crazies. High time.

    May 18, 2014 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Jeff6187

    When the story first came out, I said "that's Romney country. He should demand an apology and / or resignation. But knew that with the current political climate, it was unlikely to happen.

    Thank you to Mitt Romney for ignoring the idiotic dem vs. repub. infighting and doing the right thing!

    May 19, 2014 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  7. ollokot

    "How dare this guy say what all of us Republicans are constantly thinking."
    - Mitt Romney

    May 19, 2014 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. balls mcghee

    where are all the freedom of speech defenders (aka, defenders of Duck Dynasty, Chic-Fil-A, anti-gay ranters) fighting for this man's right to speak his mind and not fear losing his job? Oh, i guess its only okay to say anti-gay things, not anti-black.

    May 19, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. Chad

    At 82, this guy should be forced out of office anyway, even if he weren't a textbook racist and hate-mongerer. That is well past the sell-by date for a chief of police, I'm sorry.

    May 19, 2014 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. Spa City

    Why would this person apologize or resign? What would be the benefit to him?

    May 19, 2014 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. Andy Daniel

    The issue here is not a free speech one. He has the right to say anything he wants about anyone, short of slander (which does not apply to elected officials anyway). The issue is that he is a police commissioner and his comment implies that he would not enforce the law in a race-blind manner, which is a necessary part of the job.

    May 19, 2014 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  12. lakawak

    I don't see what the big deal is. Jay Z uses that word all the time. Got rich off using that word. And Obama invites him to his inauguration.

    May 19, 2014 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. johndoe

    Sticks and stones may break my bones...

    May 19, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  14. nmatney353

    When a white politician has a stand against racial issues there is an agenda behind it. Like Romney really cares about Obama; he is just looking for good press.

    May 19, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  15. chrisnfolsom

    I am always happy to see people self sensor. The minute you choose to hide you or your family, business, collegues and others bad attitudes or exclamations – which is a problem with both parties, but I see most with the Conservatives, you loose all credibility with me. One of the most important parts about America is you get a second (or more) chance which is so important as IF you do things you WILL fail, so the only way to not fail is to do nothing (remind you of congress...).

    Thanks Mitt, I hope this is more of a real, moral, ethical decision then a political decision.

    May 19, 2014 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  16. Sean

    This is an old man, people and media should leave him alone!

    May 19, 2014 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  17. reply

    Can someone tell what the N-word is?

    May 19, 2014 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. bandito

    If Mr. Romney or any other of the establishment spent any significant amount of time with the hoi polloi he/they would hear that word used profusely in regard to POTUS, and a host of those governing our nation. Is this correct behavior? No. Is this indicative of the utter frustration felt by multitudes given the unfettered destruction of our nations being carried out by this maleficent and his administration along with those supporting his efforts? Yes. The difference between this commissioner and Mr. Romney is ... frustration. Mr. Romney and the establishment he serves seem to care less about the welfare of the American people and are concentrated only on the main goal of ruling.

    May 19, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  19. J Anthony

    How funny will it be if he actually apologizes now?

    May 19, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  20. moxjox

    The guy is 82 and is a relic from a different time and mindset. He (also) probably refers to Japanese people as "J@ps" and Germans as "Kr@uts" and Irish get the idea. .

    May 19, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  21. Bill

    Couldn't he simply move to Texas and near to where Gov. Rick Perry has a family hunting camp that uses the same racial epithet as part of its name? He and Perry could then exchange and refine their fringe positions on American politics.

    May 19, 2014 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  22. Interested Observer

    Wow. Which rock has this bigot been hiding for the past 80 years? And he is the top cop? I guess that NH needs to decide if they want this cave-man to be the voice of NH. Or will they force him to retire. Or maybe they agree with that attitude up there. Yup. Guess we should boycott whatever that state exports – – what exactly does that state do (other than practice bigotry)?

    May 19, 2014 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. Loathstheright

    Uh....he's a convervative republican, and he is just being himself...a racist, who hates the Federal Government and will suppport any part of the country (Republicans) who want to over throw the Fed. Republicans have had a plan to destroy the government by loading it with debt....(see who made the debt, all republicans)....most Americans are way too low IQ to see this.

    May 19, 2014 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  24. Greg

    He gives old people a bad name.

    May 19, 2014 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  25. Kizzy

    It doesn't matter if he apologizes or not. He's still a racist ignorant old fart either way

    May 19, 2014 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
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