Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - An aide to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accused TIME Magazine of "poor judgment" in its decision to publish photographs of the Wisconsin congressman working out on the day of his debate with Joe Biden.
The pictures, which appeared on TIME's website Thursday, feature Ryan in his workout clothes, curling a dumbbell. According to the Ryan aide, the photographs were taken for the magazine's "Person of the Year" issue. The Wisconsin congressman, a well-known fitness buff in the House of Representatives, was a runner-up in the periodical's competition.
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Ryan's aide told CNN advisers to the House Budget Committee chairman were assured by the magazine the pictures would never be published. The aide said he was not sure whether Ryan had a reaction to the photos.
"To release these photos on the same day when important issues are to be discussed is, in my view, poor judgment," the aide told CNN.
TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Thursday that the magazine never promised that the pictures would not be published.
"We had discussions with them about using them back and forth and there was never an understanding that they would not be used," Stengel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Responding to the Romney campaign reaction to the publication, Stengel said he is "sorry that they feel that way."
"He is in the news right now and we are in the news business, and this seemed like the most appropriate time to do those pictures," he said. "I kind of wonder if we had done them another time, you'd be asking me, 'Well why are you publishing those pictures of Paul Ryan? It seems sort of arbitrary and he's not in the news.' So you can't win either way."
If they were assured the photos wouldn't be published, why did he agree to have them taken? And if it shows bad judgment for TIME to publish them, what does in say about Ryan's judgement to have the photos taken in the first batch place?
Message to Ryan: If you pose for a picture, expect it to be published.
Another message to Ryan: Never trust Time magazine. They are just puppets of the Democrat Empire.
He DOES look like Goober on the Andy Griffith show.
And I don't think he could pass the med. test for the Marines. No way. Too scrawney, and probably too sissy too. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
I like Mr. Stengel's last statement. Indeed, Mr. Ryan nor Mr. Romney will be news after the election.
You got that right ! What is he trying to prove or appeal to?
I would rather see these pictures than know that Bill Clinton wears boxers.
is he looking for the cougar vote?
Isn't this the standard defense - the photographer told me they would be tasteful?
Perfect timing by Time, IMO.
The word "Dufus" is the first thing that came to mind when I saw these pics... (-:
They couldn't have printed the photos if he hadn't been stupid enough to pose for them.
He looks like a typical guy working out, stinky and sweaty. So he doesn't look as perfect as president Obama when he has his pictures taken playing basketball.
Thank goodness this guy does not reflect anything we might do in jest. The real unfortunate thing is these pictures expose our human tendencies to deny ourselves as demonstrated by these comments. I mean, how many of us have allowed such pictures to be taken when we had risen to the level of competing for the vice presidency. You havenb't see any of us allow such pictures. He sets a horrible example for the rest of us.
Hat on backwards? He looks 15. Not presidential material.
Got any pictures of Barney Frank working out? How about Harry Reid? Why would we want a fit man in line for the Presidency? Oprah for president. She could give out free food and books to the poor masses. Does anybody read books anymore, or do they just talk and text on their Obamaphones?
More Teatroll tears. Do you have a sad? Here, you can has tissue.
Besides, what did Ryan think they'd do with goofy phtoos of him and his chickenlegs? What this really means is that RUAN SHOWED POOR JUDGMENT GIVING THEM THE PHOTOS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Bok bok bok bok bok bokaaawk!!!!!
Ryan should have known, that the photos were going to be used against him.
Yeah, somehow I don't see these pictures as particularly negative. He is smiling and working out, while listening to music. And, Who is RUAN?
Typical GOP thinking. 'Sure, take my photo.(and then leave it in the camera) now they can whine about when and where the pictures were preduced. Likely they'll be claiming the photographer was a 'Democratic liberal'. (kind of like Assads armed terrorists')
Yes, the prime of his life....with the legs of an 80 year old.
This is all you have to work with? Pictures of the VP candidate WORKING OUT? The American people will never stand for this. I'm surprised he doesn't just withdraw from the race and hide himself in shame. Maybe Oprah could run?
Poor Mr. Ryan. He posed for the photo and now does not like how it is being used. Who really cares?
Snap out of it Paul, you can't trust the media, they are liberals and will do anything they can to manipulate the election in favor of Obama. A promise is the same as a lie to them. Seriously though, Ryan doesn't look nearly as bad as Biden with the biker chick in his lap.
Why are the dumbells dressed in shorts?
Mr. chicken lips and don't get me started on that honkin' beak!
What Ryan didn't want his pictures published!?!? The ones he agreed to get taken of him?? Bbbbut Oprah. Gotta love Republican way of thinking. What in the world does Oprah have to do with this?