October 11th, 2012
05:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan aide says magazine used 'poor judgment' printing photos

Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - An aide to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accused TIME Magazine of "poor judgment" in its decision to publish photographs of the Wisconsin congressman working out on the day of his debate with Joe Biden.

The pictures, which appeared on TIME's website Thursday, feature Ryan in his workout clothes, curling a dumbbell. According to the Ryan aide, the photographs were taken for the magazine's "Person of the Year" issue. The Wisconsin congressman, a well-known fitness buff in the House of Representatives, was a runner-up in the periodical's competition.

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Ryan's aide told CNN advisers to the House Budget Committee chairman were assured by the magazine the pictures would never be published. The aide said he was not sure whether Ryan had a reaction to the photos.

"To release these photos on the same day when important issues are to be discussed is, in my view, poor judgment," the aide told CNN.

TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Thursday that the magazine never promised that the pictures would not be published.

"We had discussions with them about using them back and forth and there was never an understanding that they would not be used," Stengel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Responding to the Romney campaign reaction to the publication, Stengel said he is "sorry that they feel that way."

"He is in the news right now and we are in the news business, and this seemed like the most appropriate time to do those pictures," he said. "I kind of wonder if we had done them another time, you'd be asking me, 'Well why are you publishing those pictures of Paul Ryan? It seems sort of arbitrary and he's not in the news.' So you can't win either way."

Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Mr. Ryan "showed poor judgment" in posing for the pictures in the first place - he clearly saw the pictorial opportunity as self-promotion. The man's ego is way too big!

    October 11, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Kelly

    Joe Biden will behave tonight just like he did with Palin. Paul Ryan will be less successful than Palin was in 2008.

    October 11, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. BinaryTooth

    The Libs and their media pulling out all the childish stops because Obama is circling the bowl!

    Like the Mayans said "Obama 2012"

    October 11, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    Maybe it's because I'm an independent and no longer a Ryan supporter. That being said SO what. The guy is human..leave him alone in his workout gear.

    October 11, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Once a Clueless Republican

    Ahhahahahahaha! Off to work I go, because that's what us bums do in this great Republican society. The debate will have to wait. Again.... ahahahahahah! Oh, Paul.

    October 11, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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