Romney shrugs off magazine's ‘wimp’ cover
July 29th, 2012
05:58 PM ET
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Romney shrugs off magazine's ‘wimp’ cover

(CNN) – Romney defended himself Sunday from an upcoming Newsweek cover that suggests he's a "wimp."

“If I worried about what the media said I wouldn’t get much sleep,” said Romney in an interview in with CBS’ “Face the Nation” in Jerusalem on Sunday. “And I’m able to sleep pretty well.”

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Hitting the stands Monday, Newsweek's cover blares: “Romney: The Wimp Factor.” In smaller text, it asks: "Is he just too insecure to be president?"

The presumptive GOP nominee reiterated that he’s not worried about the "wimp" narrative in his interview, recalling similar criticism made of former President George H. W. Bush. Romney said Bush “was a great president.”

In 1987 Newsweek ran a cover of Bush, then-vice president, titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor’.”

Bush went on to win the 1988 election Michael Dukakis.

Romney is currently in Israel on the second leg of a three country foreign tour.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. jim atmad

    Wimp or not, he's sure proven on this trip he's a Not Ready for Prime Time Player.

    He's an embarrassment. Imagine how bad it would be if (God forbid) he was actually president.

    July 30, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  2. Dan

    He can sleep at night,will we if he becomes President?

    July 30, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  3. Roy

    Romney wants us in yet another expensive war with Iran. The GOP are war mongers. Yet, Romney was a draft dodger during Vietnam and his sons serve our country by "working on his campaign." He doesn't send his sons to be killed yet he wants to send our boys. Vote Obama and Democrats to save American lives.

    July 30, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |

    Pawlenty deserves it much more. Mitt( I have nothing to offer)McCain is Snooki Palin 2012.

    July 30, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  5. Marie MD

    I think Newsweek might have hit the nail on the head.
    This guy in spite of the wealth doesn't come across as somebody I want answering the phone at 3:00 a.m.
    Bullies and people who get their kicks by abusing animals are, deep down inside, not sure of themselves and consider themselves tiny little people who need to do what he has done to feel like the big guy he isn't.
    His hand wringing still gives me shivers when he was with the black kids. He couldn't have felt more uncomfortable. This is the difference between him and the President and that wife of his and Mrs. Obama.
    They think they are sooooooooooooooo much better than the rest of us. They are NOT!

    July 30, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  6. Dan5404

    Wait! He's not a wimp, he's very strong on changing positions completely on key keep in line with his billionaire right=wing puppeteers.

    July 30, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. Jules

    I wouldn't count on the George H.W. Bush presidency saving Romney from the wimp factor unless Obama puts on a helmet and gets in a tank. Maybe Romney could try putting on the flight suit and flying onto an aircraft carrier to prove he's got what it takes to get us into a couple of more wars.

    July 30, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  8. TessaBD

    If circulation numbers/revenue are any indication, looks like Tina Brown's plans to re-design Newsweek as a “thought-leader” publication appealing to affluent readers. Looks like the mag is projecting its own "wimp factor." Not the calibre of verbiage I would expect from a serious magazine intent on inserting itself into presidential politics.

    July 30, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  9. Larry

    Wimp? I can think of dozens of names we could call him that would be more descriptive and accurate. The only thing I like about wimp is that it has four letters – that's a good number for Mitt.

    July 30, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  10. Toby McDooogan

    Obama and the dems are shaking in their shoes. They've asked the media to pull out all the stops. Obama has been forced to make personal election adds walking back his "you didn't build that" blunder. What a goof???

    July 30, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  11. exrepublican

    Of course he sleeps well at night. His worth hovers around 25 million regardless if he succeeds or not. If we could all be so fortunate.

    July 30, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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