On his CBS late night show Wednesday, Dave Letterman responded to a comment GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made at a private $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in May, that Dave “hates me because I’ve been on Leno more than him,” adding, “They’re very jealous of one another, as you know.”  

“Mitt goes on to say that I hate Mitt…because Mitt has done the Jay Leno show more often than he’s done my show, and that we’re all very jealous and petty and bitter and backbiting and show business – unlike politics,” Letterman told his studio audience, after noting that when Romney delivered his show’s Top Ten list recently he had been “very genial, very likeable, very personable.”

 “I don’t hate Mitt,” Letterman said, then, told Romey, in absentia, “If you think you’re going to get to the White House, you’ve gotta spend time in this chair.”

 “We’ll get him in here and we’ll see how it goes,” Dave said, returning to his audience. “But I don’t hate Mitt because he’s been on Leno’s show more.  I mean, why hate a guy who’s suffered through that?”

Earlier Wednesday on “The View,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck read a statement from Romney’s campaign saying Mitt and Ann Romney would love to be guests on that show — which, he’d said at the fundraiser, would be a high-risk proposition “ because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”

 Can an acceptance statement to Dave from Romney’s campaign be far behind?