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

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. Myviewis

    I think the Wimp title stays with Obama, definitely not with Romney.

    July 29, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. drake mallard

    From Draft Dodging to War Mongering Mitt Romney is George W. Bush

    Mitt Romney was in favour of the war in Vietnam, but was too chicken tofight in it. He had his little pro war sign, and was happy to see other people be sent and get killed, but wouldn't go himself

    like father like son

    while the middle and lower class of America sent their sons and
    daughters off to war during the past 10 years…. a war started by
    Republicans…. NOT EVEN ONE of these 5 Romney son’s (all who were of
    military service age) served their nation during that time frame. No,
    not even one!

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and now Romney along with the rest of the
    Republican CHICKENHAWKS never have a problem sending other people's
    children to war

    July 29, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    I can guarantee that Romney won't go around the world apologizing for who we are, for our country, that wimp title we'll let Obama keep.

    July 29, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Trouble is Willard you are NO George H.W. Bush. While I disagree with this policies, he DID serve our country. People are finally waking up to you and your history of sending others out to die and sacrifice while you profit off their misery. I hope you and your five good for nothing sons ARE ALL EXPOSED on the national stage as the users, cowards and unAmerican jerks that you are. Good riddance.

    July 29, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Dennis1020

    Hard to make a judgement of whether Romney is a wimp or a pillar of strength when you don't know where he stands on anything.

    July 29, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. MarineVet

    " Bush was a great president.” ~ Mitt Romney

    Yeah, for folks in your income-bracket, I'm sure he was.

    July 29, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Given how many times Mittens has changed his opinions and positions on policies (and his willingness to do so and then lie about it), I can think of another word that starts with "W" and rhymes with "more" that better describes him in his pursuit of the presidency.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    July 29, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney is excellent at brushing off some of the inappropriate political trash from liberals ( including sitting Presidents and "nonpartisan news" media ), and this is okay because certainly the liberals will continue to be annoying once Mitt is in the White House. Hopefully they don't push it to a point to make it difficult for them to work with him. When he was Governor of Massachusetts he did an excellent job of working alongside Democrats to get the State's work done.

    July 29, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. 2020

    Not only Romney feeling insecure, he has too many unanswered questions, and too many unaccounted for holds of his investments, his bank accounts.

    When he is not willing to open his books, why does he expect Americans entrust their economic well beings in his hand. Isn't it logical to even hope, expect, or assume?

    American may be noisy at times, when it comes to their bread and butter, their kids future, they know how to choose, how to answer to their own calling.

    Romney is not the answer to this challenging time.

    It needs someone has the cool head, steady hand that rescue this country from economic collapse, nuture the auto industry back to life, and have the unyielding courage to take out enemy – Bin Laden, and keep us all safe.

    This person is President Obama. 100%

    July 29, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. rs

    Most chickenhawks (like Cheney) are wimps. They like to talk tough, and boast about not being afraid to go to war. The problem is that they and their cohorts (or their 5 children) NEVER get put in harm's way. That is what the poor are for, right Mr. Romney?

    July 29, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. T. A. Martin

    I don't think of Romney as being a wimp.

    A former business man with little beyond recycled ideas on how to run this country with a heavy neocon feel to hisforiegn policy- but not a wimp.

    July 29, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Grow up already...

    He shrugs it off...? Well that's not a surprise. One wouldn't expect a wimp like Romney to come out forcefully against it, now would one?

    July 29, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. tcaros

    Magic underwear protect him against name calling.

    July 29, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. mommytwice

    being a wimp won't make him a bad president at all. Being a soul-less corporate raider with absolutely NO understanding of paying bills and not living in mansions will, though. Being owned by the Koch brothers will. Being a narrow minded, flip flopping hypocrit who changes his opinion based on who he's talking to will.

    July 29, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. vintel7

    Romney is a wimp and is dead from the neck down. Talk about inauthentic and phony. He has no real positions on anything and changes his beliefs to suit what the republican party wants to hear. This is how people who have never had to do real labor and that are born with a silver spoon in their mouth turn out.

    July 29, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Independent voter

    Romney is beating the war drum on Iran to cause gas prices to spike based on speculation..

    July 29, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. NotFooledByDistractions

    Perfectly fitting...definitely a wimp.

    July 29, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Jimmy O'Neill

    I believe that Mitt Romney is a mix of being a bully and being a wimp. During the Republican primaries, his campaign was ruthless with its unrelenting attacks on his Republican opponents. That was being a bully, just as he was a school yard bully by attacking a fellow student, draging him to the ground and cutting his hair off.

    But, even though Romney approved the attack ads used against his Republican opponents, when the Obama campaign attacked him, he wanted an apology. That is being a wimp. He sounded like he would have run to his mother for protection if that was possible.

    For me, that reinforced my view of him being a bully. A bully can dish it out but cannot take it. That sounds a lot like Mitt Romney.

    July 29, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. CBR

    Mr. Romney is not a wimp. He does make decisions based on what he thinks people want to see and hear. That probably explains his flip flops. He has a bigger problem though and that is his performance in Britain and Israel. His statements were meant to show that he sided with Israel and made comments on Iran. He is making promises he may not be able to keep. He seems to be warning us that he will bring the fight to Iran's doorstep. Unfortunately, he needs to look at the whole military picture before amking any statements. no A's here.

    July 29, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. vintel7

    Romney is shrugging off the wimp label in public but behind the scenes his campaign is scrambling to change his image. However, a wimp is wimp is a wimp. You can't put perfume on a pig.

    July 29, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Many moderate republicans and Independents thought Romney will move to the center after the primary and fill the air with positive message

    It didn’t happened so may be the cover sending right message

    July 29, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. B.

    Romney is proving to be the most formidable flip flopping, lying, say anything candidate yet. He would have this country involved in yet another War from Day One and of course keep his five boys as far away from it as possible, sending them on some Mission or sabbatical like he was on during Viet Nam.

    How many times do we have to learn the same bad lesson of putting these people that have No real interest in the American people and are into politics for their own personal interests!

    Romney has no intention of showing more of his private world than necessary like all of the other wealthy oligarchs in history. No one really knows much of anything about him except that he will say or do anything to get elected.

    The man is not being honest with America about anything and would be a Historic mistake for this country in this critical time.

    July 29, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. colaroaster

    romney compares himself to Reagan.. BWAHAHA!! guaranteed Reagan never bullied students, made a 10k bet, hid taxes, outsourced jobs, or secretly stashed money in offshore bank accounts. yeah romney bought the GOP ticket too.

    July 29, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Paul Ernest Show

    With all due respect, he comes across as naive equally. I just can't seem to picture him making decisions for America. Every decision and action he has so far taken and engaged in seems flawed. I just hope we are not too dumb to see the signs of an out of touch candidate. He seems to exist in another world. His pronouncements lack sensitivity, cohesion, and out of date, like someone far behind the new millennium. Good luck America!

    July 29, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. maripil

    Romney is desperate that he flip-flops at any given time to please a certain crowd around him. His foreign policy is so disastrous that he could not control his mouth in the first leg of his trip abroad. His criticism of the Olympics has only created the ire of the British.! Only someone as insensitive like him will do such remarks. And now, his trip in Israel is another disappointment to say the least. He will compromise his remarks to please Israel but at the same time upsetting the Palestinians!! Is this guy for real???

    July 29, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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