Letterman: No hard feelings toward Romney
September 19th, 2012
10:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Letterman: No hard feelings toward Romney

(CNN) - Late night comedian David Letterman says he isn't upset with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Rather, he feels sorry for him.

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"I don't hate Mitt," Letterman said, referencing secretly-recorded comments Romney made at a fundraiser.

In the video posted online by left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, Romney talks about appearing on evening shows.

"I've been on Letterman a couple of times. I've been on Leno more than a couple times, and now Letterman hates me because I've been on Leno more than [on] him," Romney says. "They're very jealous of one another, as you know."

President Barack Obama, appearing on Letterman's show Tuesday, criticized Romney for other comments the candidate made in the fundraiser.

In an online advance clip of his Wednesday program, Letterman made light of the comments and invites Romney to appear on his show.

"I think now more than ever he and his lovely wife, Mrs. Mitt are more than welcome to come on the show," Letterman said. "If you think you're going to get to the White House, you've got to spend time in this chair."

He made a jab at his fellow late-night comedian, saying that he doesn't hate Romney for his appearances on Leno, because "why hate a guy who's suffered through that?"
Letterman also sized up the industry.

Television comedians, he joked, are "very jealous and bitter and backbiting... unlike politics."

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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. pooflingingmonkey

    Letterman would be a better Presidnt than Romney.

    September 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. disgustedvet

    David Letterman occupies a special place in the World. Someone has to be lower than slime and he chose to be that guy.

    September 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Willard needs a thicker skin, no way could he handle being the POTUS. Think of all the hurtful things that have been said and done about President Obama. And many were said by elected officials but I have NEVER heard President Obama whine once. Fox News is dedicated to trashing President Obama, but that's ok.

    Get him David, you trashing the republican party for the past 4 years is the main reason I watch you! Btw, love the Top 10!

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. lolo

    @ Tiz at least Letterman was not married. The GOP (Party of Family Values) cheats on their wives all of the time. Ask Newt, McCain. Also they love to pick up madams and gays on the side also. The pot calling the kettle black. You got your nerves.

    September 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine


    truth hurts-

    That would be zero, on the number of laws broken. As to those poor shareholders, have you stopped for one minute to contemplaye the millions of jobs that would have been lost at GM and Chrylser, plus their subsidiaries and all the supporting companies? The banks were getting their own bail-out- there would be no "managed bankruptsy". It just would have been a giant disaster-and your precious shareholder would have gotten nothing- soon hopefully they now might.
    Questions- do you (and the GOP) just hate working people? is that why what Romney proposed made sense to you?

    The short answer to your questions would be yes, he/she and the GOP do hate working people.

    September 20, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    @ Puddin

    I loved your comment and I'm glad to know someone else shuts down politics like I do. After 8:00 p.m., unless something really big happens, that's it for me. I tune in to a nice movie.

    September 20, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Paul Williamson

    Letterman would make a much better President than Robme – at least he has a sense of humor and is intelligent.

    September 20, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Buster wrote:

    Curious here as to why Romney considered out of touch and unable to relate to common man when same was not said of JFK or Franklin Roosevelt


    Since I was born under JFK and didn't exist during Roosevelt's term(s), I have to rely on clips, reading and actually listening to their speeches and here are some clues:

    1) they didn't have a blonde wife on their arms who wears a snotty look on her face constantly;
    calls the American people "you people",
    constantly talks about her illinesses, while she advocates for taking your health insurance away;
    owns an expensive horse and charges it to the American taxpaper;
    lies they (the Romney's) were stuggling when in FACT they had stocks which they lived off without working;

    2) Neither JFK or Roosevelt needed hundreds of people to make them appear human;
    3) Neither JFK or Roosevelpt advocated for helping millionaires (like themselves) while taking from the poor; and
    4) JFK actually SERVED his country, and his family (while they are no saints), they give a lot to their country).

    Does this help you understand?

    September 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. barbara

    The reason I don't watch David Letterman any longer is that he thinks he's a political moderator, that he should sway public opinion in politics, and because he isn't funny. He's just a pathetic late night host who is trying through all means possible to get people to watch his show. NEWS TO DAVID: You are an entertainer. You are not an expert on American politics. Pick one, but not both, to be on your show.

    September 20, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Christine

    All you ROMNEY haters need to go and see 2016.......

    September 20, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Letterman rules

    Mittens likes Leno because they can brag about how many cars they own. Obama 2012. Hiliary Clinton 2016! Send Mittens back to his Cayman Island accounts where he can talk about the 47% of America he doesn't care about.

    September 20, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Two peas in a pod

    Leno and Romney both like to take over and put people out of jobs.

    September 20, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Diane

    Watched Letterman to see Preezy, who doesn't know the national debt, and admitted it on air. Romney has an IQ of 139 yet is still a Morman. I can't stand either of these candidates, and don't think I'm alone.

    September 20, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. bct

    Romney said if he loses the race, he is going to move his money overseas.

    September 20, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. C Anderson

    Romneys desperate, swinging like a wild crazy man.

    September 20, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Jay Frere

    Obamama is suck. Are you better off than fours ego? I guess his family does. Not mine.

    September 21, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. 0rangeW3dge

    Imagine a 65 year-old man that tries to turn people against each other by starting gossip that they are "jealous" of each other,,,then, imagine a bully in the school yard that gets his kicks out of making two other kids fight with each other and takes bets on the side.

    September 21, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  18. SGJ

    Letterman rocks. I've been watching him even when the masses were fawnign over Aresnio.

    He's is hilarious in his interviews which is harder to do than the monolgue at the beginning sne interviews can only be scripted so much.

    When ever I watch Jay interview people it is so boring ... one softball after another, followed by Jay tossing his head back and giggling ... so predictable.

    Letterman is still sharp as a whip and adjusts to stuff his guests say real time. no wonder Mitt doesnt like him.. hes scared to show up ...

    Letterman's the oppsite of Mitt.

    Letterman woudl be great as POTUS. Can you imagine the press confrences!

    September 21, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  19. M

    He would look awkward in any late night show – he is just not – a regular guy

    September 21, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
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