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. Leon Pascucci

    I guess Romney would have nominated Jesus and his brother, the Devil, for People of the Year. They make about as much sense as Petraeus. Spending $10 billion a month in Iraq – who wouldn't be a hero at that cost??

    December 19, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. John Allen Boston, MA

    Yak! Yak! All you people comparing Bush to Putin are sickening. They're not even on the same planet. And for those of you who keep defending Time's criterion for choosing Person of the Year, I'm sure Mitt is expressing his disgust with that criterion, and I agree with him. What's the point of giving free press to someone who is making a negative impact on the world and giving them a title that implies greatness. Time Magazine ought to change it's criterion, or, if it does want to give free press to jerks, it should call the honoree TURKEY OF THE YEAR. That's about right. Putin is TURKEY OF THE YEAR.

    December 19, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Beckster

    TIME magazine has officially become red. All of these years we just thought that was the color they liked for their covers. Well, actually it was their Communist/Socialist agenda coming out.

    Owl Gore runner up? Please, all he does is run around the globe spewing capitalistic hate all while making millions a year in speaking fees. And have you seen him lately, his carbon footprint is fat, and very pasty.

    December 19, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. John Snickel, Easton PA

    Romney, Time magazine person of the year is not an award. Any person with half a brain knows that.

    December 19, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Jackie Warren NY, NY

    "You know, he imprisoned his political opponents. There have been a number of highly suspicious murders. 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."
    Mitt Romney could have just as easily been talking about George Bush.
    *********Ron Paul 2008************

    December 19, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Jayson, NY. NY

    Why bother with any comments, Romney and McCain once again show that they have no clue on whats going around them, the sad thing is that they command the respect of a percentage of american societ thats just as clueless, from a purely POY perspective, Time magazine made the absolute right choice, Putin is the man most affecting world events at this time.

    December 19, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Dick Jonesborough TN 37659

    I am not a supporter Mitt; however our dinner talk was right on the money with your comment.

    December 19, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. M. E. Farinas - San Francisco, California

    Given Putin's lack of experience at the time he assumed the role of Prime Minister, and subsequently President,plus the disarray of the Russian Federation at that time, I would say that his accomplishments are outstanding. His new title as man of the year is far more deserving than any other leader in the world today. Sure Russia is by no means a democracy as defined by the western world;its history has been defined by despots,and serfdom. but in time things will change. Therefore,after all the turmoil it has gone through, Russia needs and deserves to find pride, and its place in the world. Perhaps this is just the beginning.
    On the other hand, I shiver when I read that the father of our leader may go around the world with Bill Clinton after his presidency is over to"mend fences". I find that situation more disgusting.
    By the way,I also like the second choice for person of the year.

    December 19, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Rich, Des Moines IA

    Right on MITT!

    The only person with the guts to say it.

    December 19, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Lorenz, Queens, Ny

    Nice way to start being friendly to Russia Mitt.

    December 19, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. curtis in WI

    Either Romney is trying to make cheap political points or he/his staff is completely ignorant. Time doesn't pick "Good Man of The Year". They pick "Man Of The Year", someone who has had a very lasting effect on the world that will continue for years to come – good or bad. Someone should read him the accompanying explanation to him.

    December 19, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Ian, Canton, OH

    Well, Mr. Romney has finally proved himself definitevly as the man who can fill Bush's shoes. We're way overdue for another World War anyway. Besides, we haven't insulted enough white people lately (the French don't count).

    December 19, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. John Dannon, Williamsburg VA

    Congratulations TIME! Brilliant, when the media is being stifled in Russia TIME figures out a way to ensure their reporters get access in the coming year. Let’s hope future reporting is not so blind. History will record that General Petraeus was the real man of the year in 2007. TIME will be recognized for goofing this one up… as they’ve done on several occasions in the past. Rarely should TIME look much further than the ranks of our own military. My only regret is that it took me until 1983 before I got so irritated w/TIME that I cancelled my subscription. I feel bad for someone who's on the hook in 2008 for more of the same distorted journalism.

    December 19, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Daniel, Atlanta GA

    Fantastic analysis, Mitt. Get a job with Time magazine.

    December 19, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Julian, Port-of-Spain Trinidad and Tobago

    How amazing that Americans think an American should be man of the year! USA number 1. What Rudy and Mitt should consider is the criteria for considering man of the year are. Not sure they should give it to Gen Patreus just because less Iraqis are dying this month than last month...that war is still a mess. Didn't Hitler win it once? Relax guys.

    December 19, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Vinny C., NYC, NY

    General David Petraeus was a good guy, but I think Vladimir Putin was probably a bigger newsmaker. (if it's any consolation prize to the General, he made it on the list as one of Time's "People who Mattered" in 2007. Kind of an honorable mention.)

    Anyway, I totally called it on Vladimir Putin!! I called it like a month ago when I thought Time might actually consider picking someone evil. However, at the time, i thought they'd do a double-team of Vladimir and Pervez Musharraf. Officially American allies and officially fans of democracy, but really total wild cards.

    December 19, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. TPS, St Louis, MO

    I listened to "Allman in the Morning" on FM 97.1 in St Louis during my ride to work this morning on this very subject. He and his side kick ranted and raved about this. Now I see that yet another prominent political person fails to understand the nature of the Time statement, which has been consistent for some 60 to 70 years. And we depend upon such people to be our leaders ??? May God help us all!!

    December 19, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Bill A Middletown ct

    Apparently Mitt and John don't understand why Time picked Putin.But then again they are running for the presidency so it's politically correct to believe the general should have been chosen..

    December 19, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Mrs. America

    He needs to learn how Time selects people. It's not on popularity or goodness but on impact. Good morning, Mr. Romney.

    December 19, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Ivan, San Antonio, Texas

    Why does the media continue to give slick Mitt a free pass? Mitt Romney currently has $1.5 million in investments in Russian states-controlled entities (i.e. Gazprom). Is he not aware of his own investments or is he simply so ignorant regarding Putin’s role in the companies in which he has invested that he can’t even recognize the irony of his own positions. Never mind the fact that Romney’s pandering has reached an all time low; how glib does a person have to be to not understand what Time’s person of the year is? I have such pity for those fools who worship Romney and grovel at his feet and he feeds them all the things they want to hear as they quiver with excitement clamoring to touch his robe. There are two types of Romney supporters: those who are a fool’s fools and those who are equally as depraved, opportunistic and unprincipled as Romney. He is a disgrace to the Mormon church and all its members, not to mention the human race. To those who support Romney, particularly LDS: may Esau’s legacy be your inheritance as you sell your birthright for a filthy pottage of lentils.

    December 19, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Rich, Fairl Lawn, NJ

    It's fine to disagree with the choice, but to call it disgusting given that Hitler and other worse figures have been chosen in the past, in accordance with the magazines own criteria, is yet another example of Romney's disingenuous pandering, saying anything that he thinks the electorate wants to hear.

    December 19, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  22. Peter, Albuquerque, NM

    Wow, they're not the sharpest guys in the world, are they? Time's Person of the Year is someone they feel made the most impact on the world stage, it's not an award. Numerous people who are far worse than Putin have been named Man of the Year before, including war criminals such as Adolf Hitler in '38, Stalin in '39, and George W. Bush in '00 and '04. The stated criteria is for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year

    December 19, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Tari Torch Sweeney, Cleveland Heights, OH

    There isn't any person in the federal government (i.e., General Petraeus) or the political world (i.e. Putin) who should be on the cover of Time Magazine. That's why it really is a joke. Get serious. Running a misleading war on Iraq qualifies for Man of the Year? Putin's follies qualify? Not only should we worry about them, we should worry about the mentality of those who put him the cover! God!

    December 19, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Rick F., Tamarac, FL

    Romney and McCain are unhappy with Putin's choice. They think Gral. Petreaus should get it because he brought "success" in Iraq. And this guys want to be President??? God help us!!

    December 19, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. Eric, Albuquerque, NM

    Mitt Romney, you have just shown the world that you do not have any of the qualities that we need in a president. You openly insult someone that you would have to deal with as an equal and probably an ally.

    You are cut from the same cloth as George Bush. You would most likely be the same kind of idiot we have now. We don't need or want you as president.

    December 19, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
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