David Letterman says he doesn't hate Mitt Romney and would like to have the Republican presidential candidate on the "Late Show."
"I don't hate Mitt," Letterman said on his show on Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama appeared on the late-night talk 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."
In the now infamous fundraiser video posted online by Mother Jones, Romney said Letterman hated him because of the former Massachusetts governor's preference for Jay Leno.
"I've been on 'Letterman' a couple of times," Romney said in the video. "I've been on Leno more than a couple times, and now Letterman hates me because I've been on Leno more than him. They're very jealous of one another, as you know."
Of Romney's appearances on the "Tonight Show," Letterman quipped: "Why hate a guy who's suffered through that?"
The gap-toothed comedian added: "[Comedians are] very jealous and bitter and backbiting—unlike politics."
On Tuesday's "Late Show," Obama scolded Romney over his caught-on-camera remarks, declaring that "if you want to be president, you gotta work for everybody, not just for some."
Letterman asked Obama about Romney's characterization of the president's core supporters as "victims" dependent on government handouts.
"Is that what rich guys at country clubs are talking about?" Letterman asked.
"I don't know what he was referring to," Obama said. "One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country. And when I meet Republicans as I'm traveling around the country, they are hard-working family people who care deeply about this country. And my expectation is, is that if you want to be president, you gotta work for everybody, not just for some."
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