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. Amir, Cambridge MA

    Vladimir Putin joins a list that includes Rudy Giuliani, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. I don't see anything wrong with that.

    December 20, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  2. PW Va

    Not very diplomatic coming from someone who wants the job of being the leader of the free world. Sounds a bit too Bush-quese for me.

    December 20, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  3. Evan, Vancouver, BC

    Traditionally, the Time Man of the Year has been the year's biggest newsmaker, not some sort of acolade or tacit approval. Even Hitler was Man of the Year. Only since 2001, when Time wanted to choose Osama bin Laden as Man of the Year, and bowed to political pressure not to do so, has Man of the Year been about choosing someone laudable. I applaud Time for returning to the traditional application of the term.

    December 20, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  4. x X

    "Shame on Putin for reducing poverty in his own country and not bowing to elite globalists and corporate interests!!!" -the CFR msm

    December 20, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  5. Stan Simmons Shakopee, MN

    Adolf Hitler was named Time Man of the Year in 1938. Is Mitt Romney comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler? Thats a thought I would prefer not to dwell on. Mitt doesn't get my vote for Diplomat of the Year.

    December 20, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  6. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    You can't call what we've done in Iraq a "success" when so many innocent and brave people have lost their lives, and there's no end in sight. This country has racked up a huge debt to China and other countries that will soon own us if the madness doesn't stop. We are ruining the economic future of generations to come if we don't stop the $9 billion a month war that is also depleting our troops that we might actually need.

    I wouldn't call it a "success" at all Mr. McCain.

    December 20, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  7. Gloria Des Moines, IA

    Mitt Romney is an idiot who obviously did not even read the article that he is referring to. If he had read the article he would have understood that the POY is not the person who has done the most good in the world, it is the person who has been the most newsworthy. We have already had enough stupidity with President we need more with Romney?? NO!!

    December 20, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  8. Leo, Wahiawa Hawaii

    Mitt Rommey is right, General Petraeus, or even the American Soldier should be Person of the Year.

    December 20, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  9. Claire, Austin, TX

    What the heck? Does Romney not even know what person of the year is about? It's for the most influential man. Considering Putin brought Russia back from collapse, I think he earns it. It doesn't matter what his morals are.. Jeez.

    December 20, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  10. Fred Newman, Irvine, CA

    As other observed, it is who had the most effect – good or bad (POV) – and not who is nicest; it's also not limited to the USA, so realize that the world is the audience here.

    Want to have someone named Man of the Year? Do something to merit it! For example, show true leadership and work with and through others (a substantive definition of management), address a global issue (like climate change and environmental impact) since no one can stop these at their borders, truly "lift all boats" so that everyone in the world can reach a reasonable and sustainable lifestyle ... shall I go on, or would you prefer to demonize the rest of the world?

    December 20, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  11. Toronto, Ontario

    Fascinating. Iraq a success? wow. If this is not a disqualification to becoming the US President – I do not know what is.

    This guy is 1/10th the man Putin is, despite Putin's coercive tactics.

    December 20, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  12. Jon, Tulsa, OK

    Romney – and all of the other `08 GOP candidates are SO clueless. Each of them is so busy trying to out-patriot, out-Christian and out-anti-Hillary the other that they continually expose themselves for the lightweights that they are. I'll take ANY of the Dem candidates over any of these clowns.

    December 20, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  13. Will, OKC, OK

    This just goes to show what a misguided view the Republican candidates have of how the press should behave.

    To them, the press is a propaganda tool whose sole purpose is to promote their ideology, rather than objectively report events as they happen.

    Romney is such a clown, as is John McCain for their praise of Petraeus.

    "great success in Iraq"?

    The Republican denial machine never ends, and it is time this country votes them all out of power.

    December 20, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  14. Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR

    Jeff from NY is right.

    We've done more damage to ourselves than Bin Laden ever could have. We've given away a piece of our freedom without a shot fired ( because apparently freedom isn't worth lives or risk ). Every man and woman that fought and died defending this country from the time of its founding would be ashamed of our generation for eroding the principles they died to preserve. RP'08.

    December 20, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  15. T.C., Napa CA

    "Person of the Year doesn't go to the person who does the most good, it goes to the person who has most affected the news. Hitler was Person of the Year.."

    You're absolutely correct!

    I doubt Mr. Romney is ignorant of this. He's pandering to the ignorance and emotions of those lead by their passions instead of their intelligence. Sadly, this seems to be more and more the case in our growing Theocratic Nation.

    December 20, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  16. Mrs. America

    Patrick in Denver - Here is an example. The press is forbidden to show the caskets of soldiers who died in Iraq arriving in the U.S.

    December 20, 2007 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  17. Bruce Glasscock, Modesto CA

    Romney's "disgust" is an example of how most people confuse Time's MOTY choices. These are figures for GOOD OR BAD had the most affect on culture, world events and news. Hitler was MOTY as one point. It is not a referendum on the 'goodness' of a person.

    December 20, 2007 02:33 am at 2:33 am |

    General Patraeus? Seriously? What in the heck is this world coming to?

    December 20, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  19. Mike Kaplan

    Lots of you, like Romney, are totally missing the point. Others on this board have pointed out that "Man of the Year" is not meant as a compliment, just as a statement of a person's influence. Romney surely realizes this- it is well-known that Hitler was Person of the Year- so that means that Romney is being a typically deceitful politician, just trying to score political points by manufacturing an issue where there really is none.

    December 20, 2007 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  20. M. Temps, Orlando, FL

    For all of those people out there considering voting for this guy:

    Mitt Romney has given you a very good example of why not vote for him because he shoots his mouth off without knowing the facts. Really, do we need another leader in our country like this?

    Time Magazine even gave it's reason for the choice (Yes, Mr. Romney go 'READ' it or is your schedule to busy to do such things – LOL). We do not need leaders like this that just shoot their mouths off to look appealing to the public. A good leader is one that is informed and does his homework before conveying how he views something. We do not need people like this it is only hurting humanity and the USA. It is time we started strapping our brains on and voted with intelligence instead of following in the footsteps of leaders like Mitt Romney.

    December 20, 2007 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  21. Roger, Ljubljana Slovenija

    Clearly Putin deserved this notation. If anyone disagrees as to his influence this year, they probably haven't accidently wandered into the world section of their newspaper. For better or for worse, he's the world's headline this year and that's not to be ignored.

    December 20, 2007 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  22. Christian, NY, NY

    TIME clearly takes up Putin´s sordid side, and state equally clearly that person of the year isn´t an honor, necessarily. Romney either can´t read period, hopes voters can´t, or simply cannot be bothered with getting the facts when they might get in his way of making a political point. As for Gen. Petreaus, results first please.

    December 20, 2007 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  23. Robert Allen, Dallas, TX

    Romney calls Putin, "...someone like that is the Man of the Year is really disgusting."
    McCain says, "...Time Magazine made President Putin the Time Magazine 'Man of the Year'." in a tone suggesting he was rather "put off" by the choice.
    Two more Regressives who run smack dab into the wall of Freudian Slip. I thought Time Magazine chose the "Person of the Year." But, I'm a Progressive so surely these two "leaders" must know which is right. Either that or they should run home to keep the wifey or the mistress (or both) barefoot and pregnant while she stays in the kitchen doing the cookin'. I hope their wives smacked each of them upside of the head.
    That is the only way to communicate effectively with a Regressive – or hold out an envelope full of money.
    For shame on both of them. This gets their Foreign Policy off to a fast start should either pull off a win.
    I was pulling for Al Gore to win that award too but he only managed to be First Runner-up. Mixed with his Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Nobel Peace Prize – Gore has had a pretty good year.


    December 20, 2007 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  24. Adam Fleischman, Gaithersburg MD

    Why should General Betray-Us be person of the year?

    December 20, 2007 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  25. Mitch Imas, Honolulu Hawaii

    Well, I'm not voting for Mitt, he is an idiot if he doesn't realize that Time magazine names a person of the year by how he/she has changed/affected the world around him and us good or bad. It is not like the Academy Awards or Nobel Peace Prize...thanks for eliminating yourself.

    December 20, 2007 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
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