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Letterman Says He's Not Mad at Mitt; Ann Romney to Appear on Leno (Video)

The "Late Show" host extends an olive branch to the GOP candidate for president, while taking a shot at his "Tonight Show" rival.

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David Letterman has no beef with Mitt Romney -- but that doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy making fun of the guy.

The CBS host on Wednesday addressed comments that Romney made during a fundraiser in May about the politics of late night television; Romney said that he thought Letterman was angry at him for appearing more often on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, but that's simply not the case.

"I certainly don't hate Mitt because he's been on Leno's show more," Letterman said. "I mean, why hate a guy who's suffered through that?"

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In fact, he even extended an olive branch.

"I don't hate Mitt, and I think now more than ever, him and his lovely wife, Mrs. Mitt, are more than welcome to come to the show," he said, "and I'm telling you, if you think you're going to get to the White House, you've got to spend time in this chair. We'll get him in here and see how it goes."

Unfortunately for Letterman, Romney hasn't responded in kind; his wife, Ann Romney, will appear on the Tonight Show next Tuesday.

Perhaps it was because Letterman characterized Romney's speech in that fundraiser tape as the former Massachusetts governor saying that "he found poor people irritating."