December 20th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Romney: Man of Year choice 'disgusting'

Romney is not happy with Time Magazine's choice.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Count Republican Mitt Romney among those who aren't happy with Time Magazine's choice of Russian President Vladimir Putin for Person of the Year.

In an interview with CNN's Glenn Beck, the presidential candidate called the choice "disgusting."

"You know, he imprisoned his political opponents. There have been a number of highly suspicious murders," Romney said on Beck's radio show. "He has squelched public dissent and free press. And to suggest that someone like that is the Man of the Year is really disgusting. I'm just appalled."

"Clearly General Petraeus is the person, or one of a few people, who would certainly merit that designation," the former Massachusetts governor added.

Rival presidential candidate John McCain also said Wednesday he disagreed with the choice.

“I noticed that Time Magazine made President Putin the Time Magazine ‘Man of the Year,’” McCain said, according to NBC. “I understand that probably, but my man of the year is one Gen. David Petraeus, our general who has brought success in Iraq.”

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soundoff (361 Responses)
  1. Ranger..Degraff, Oh

    Romney another loser! MINDLESS!

    OUR democracy seems to be turning into a money maker for the
    politicans! .. who use our people for money and cannon fodder!

    We voice our majority views ..over and over ..about the ...FAILED…
    BUSH administration and nothing continues to happen! WHY…?
    Is this a democracy? Letting a Dumb President dominate and RUIN our country!

    We put them….>……LET’S GET THEM OUT! >We need political sincerity for our people!

    Disgusted army vet! ..who wants America’s jobs / respect back!

    December 20, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. beat_read

    Rumblee is exhibiting extremely poor judgment here. One, were he to become president, we will have to deal with the alienation he has caused, the rift between the leaders and countries that he has created. Two, his promotion of Petraeus is such obvious politicking that there is no way to take Ramblee seriously, no way to trust that he will ever make judgments based on sincerity and intelligence; his judgments will always be just politicking.

    Anomaly is just a rich fake. God help us if he becomes the next Republican president of the Divided Republican States of America.

    December 20, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Lamar, Dallas, TX

    Time's Man of the Year is usually someone who has a profound impact on world events, not necessarily for the good. Didn't TIME also refer to Putin as "scary?" Of course, Mitt Romney neglected to say that.

    December 20, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. John C Marietta, GA

    Even if you agree with Romney, what a stupid thing to say. We are in need of a leader that can bering people together to fight the real war on terrorism, not an idiot calling the leader of another country names. If anyone had talked about the shrub in this manor they rightwingnuts would go crazy.

    What has Betray us actualy accomplished? Nothing. He lead the greatest army in the world through the "surge" and they kicked ass. DO you think Betrayus should get the credit for the succes of our troops? I am sure any general could have taken the addtional troops and kicked as on the ground, we have done that since the war started. Our troop have always been overpoweing and beaten back every threat they have ever faced in Iraq. The problem arises wheitht idiots like Bush woh do not realize that sending in more troops and taking sides inthe civil war does nothing more than quelch the violence. Nothing has been fixed or improved. It is all political theatre with empty resolutions being passed on as results. Anyone who thinks we are "succeeding" in Iraq has no business running for ANY political office.

    December 20, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Ian, Geralton Ontario Canada

    I love how just because the man wasn't American, he couldn't be a hero. The man of the year must be the one in charge of a bloody war. And tyo Mr McCain, were is the success? Putin may be a little controversial, but I respect a man that has done everything that he has done, and really stands up for his countries beliefs, and does not back down, even from the USA.

    December 20, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. James, St. Louis, MO

    For all of Bush's many, many faults, he actually has a relationship with Putin. On the fluke chance that Romney gets elected, he is going to have some 'splaining to do right off the bat.

    December 20, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Ranger, Degraff, Oh

    Romney another MINDLESS loser!

    OUR democracy seems to be turning into a money maker for the
    politicans! .. who use our people for money and cannon fodder!

    We voice our majority views ..over and over ..about the ...FAILED…
    BUSH administration and nothing continues to happen! ...WHY…?
    Is this a democracy? Letting a Dumb administration RUIN our country!
    We put them….>……LET’S GET THEM OUT! >We need political sincerity for our people!

    Disgusted army vet! ..who wants America’s jobs / respect back!

    December 20, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Arthur A. Roberts, Ashford, CT

    This clowns don't get that the person of the year isn't a popularity contest. It is the person who has most influenced the world for good or bad. Hitler was on the cover twice. If these "candidates" can't even grasp that concept...

    December 20, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. R.A. Westerfield, Bakersfield, California

    What hallucinogen are these candidates taking? The U.S. hasn't ever squelched public oppinion and opposition? The U.S. hasn't ever imprisoned political prisoners? The U.S. isn't behind heinous, suspicious murders?
    Vladimir Putin has put Russia back on the map as a major global player–full of determination and hutzpah, and, cold, calculated nationalism.
    I wish we had a leader more like him....
    As for McCain's comments: Success in Iraq? Nearly 4,000 of our soliders are dead. They died in vain to assuage a bug up Bush's butt.
    Bakersfield, Calif.

    December 20, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Clarence Ramsey, Braintree, MA

    While sending your adversaries to prison is wrong its only different by degree when compared to President Bush getting rid of General Shinseki who was NOT an adversary, but one of our top military leaders. That Bush was not even considered for Time "Man of the Year" at least shows some are "getting it".

    December 20, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Sorry Mitt, they didn't pick you. Jealous much?

    December 20, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. dave, Buffalo, NY

    Why is Putin person of the year?

    Because over the past few years – with Russia preparing to go into the dustbin of history; he picked it up, turned it around and thrust Russia back onto the world stage. And then made arrangements so that he will have power near indefintely. That's pretty important...

    The US is *not* the center of the universe – we live on a world with a BUNCH of other people. TIME's Person of the Year is basically a shout of "look at what this guy is doing".

    Putin is slowly, gradually rebuilding a superpower. That is a *big* deal – more important than a two bit war in the middle east, and nearly as important as globsl climate change.

    Sadly, I think within 20 years, the main superpowers will be Russia and China, with he US playing the role of the fading lion. Why?

    Because we can't be bothered to get our OWN house in order. We're are speending a vast amount of our nation's wealth and prosperity elsewhere – instead of using it HERE – where *we* need it.

    Look at the Katrina cleanup. Why is it that we are spending more money rebuilding IRAQ than we are rebuilding our OWN destroyed cities and towns?

    I wasn't planning on voting for either Mitt or McCain. This just solidifies that some more...

    December 20, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Putin is more interesting than Romney and McCain slapped together. General Petraeus is a monkey for the current administration. Why would anyone nominate him for man of the year. I am disgusted with the current state of this country and its political process.

    December 20, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Joseph W. Mathews, Manchester, VT

    Poor ole Mitt, he's just sorry he didn't get it. Putin, scary or not, has, is and will excert a huge amount of influence on the world stage. It's beginning to look like Romney won't.

    December 20, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. Sally, Seattle Washington

    I don't see the issue... Time has picked villians before, as in former President Clinton, twice...

    December 20, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Psymon, Murrells Inlet South Carolina

    As an America and I do love my country, these so called idiots running for President are going to get us killed.
    Romney, from the sound of it didn't even read the article.

    How would we feel if the Russians decided that they needed a missle defense system on the border with either Mexico or Canada. Gen. Petraeus is just a clean up man. Sure it's easy to go blow up a country and then say sorry. Once the American people read into the crap that Bush and all of his buddies are feeding us and demand change and I don't mean voting for a new President,
    only then will things change. Iraq was not the problem but yet we went in did what we do best, now we have to clean up a mess.

    I think that this country needs younger blood running it, by that no one over 52 in government. It's the old school political process that's messing it up for young generations. At this point there is no one who has enough sense to run this country and if they do, they will run it into the ground. Just because your old doesn't mean you have the experience to lead the country!

    Wake up America! If everybody demanded peace instead of a new television, there would be peace-JL

    December 20, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. thescoundrel

    With past choices like Hitler it does not really surprise me on this choice. Still I was thinking it should have been Barry Bonds for breaking the homerun record. 🙁

    December 20, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. LTB - NYC, NY

    Last time I checked, one didn't have to do something good to be Time Magazine's Man of the Year.

    December 20, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. D Johnson St. Pete Florida

    Could be worse. Time could have picked George W. Bush again. UGH!

    December 20, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. michael pitcher quogue ny

    Don't these fools understand that the Time designation is not an endorsement but rather just a recognition that the Person of the Year has had a substantial impact, good or bad?

    December 20, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Amie Look Greenbank WA

    I'm not a huge Mitt Romney fan, but I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments on Time magazine's choice for "Man of the Year." It's not only disgusting, it's shameful. I knew that magazine was completely out of touch with reality – I just didn't realize it would stoop so low as to elevate a man whom most people I talk to consider dangerous & frightening.

    December 20, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Chris, DC

    Two words that sum up Romney's take on this:


    December 20, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Romney's an idiot. I wish he'd take his Ku Klux Klan mentality and go crawl in a hole.

    December 20, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. RB, from the bay state

    George Bush rode around in Putin's antique Trabant.

    Putin should throw Mitt under the Trabant, if he ever visits.

    December 20, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    guys, guys, guys....Mitt is only expressing an opinion...just like how some of you express disgust by the simple uttering of Bush.

    in the end, our ability to hate each other without resulting to violence is what makes America great.

    Ok, everybody, let's sing America.

    December 20, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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