- Associated Press - Thursday, September 20, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Late-night TV host David Letterman is reassuring Mitt Romney that he doesn’t hate him — and getting in a dig at Jay Leno in the process.

The Republican presidential candidate said in a private speech to donors made public this week that Mr. Letterman “hates me because I’ve been on Leno more than him.”

Mr. Letterman said on the “Late Show” on Wednesday that Mr. Romney and his wife are welcome on his CBS late-night show. Mr. Romney has been on three times but hasn’t made any appearances since he became GOP nominee. President Obama, a Democrat, was on with Mr. Letterman on Tuesday.

Mr. Letterman says he certainly doesn’t hate Mr. Romney for going on Leno’s NBC show.

“I mean, why hate a guy who’s suffered through that?” Mr. Letterman said.

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