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on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Thursday that the magazine never promised that the pictures would not be published.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. Tyrell in Utah

    If they were assured the photos wouldn't be published, why did he agree to have them taken? And if it shows bad judgment for TIME to publish them, what does in say about Ryan's judgement to have the photos taken in the first batch place?

    October 11, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Borderless

    Message to Ryan: If you pose for a picture, expect it to be published.
    Another message to Ryan: Never trust Time magazine. They are just puppets of the Democrat Empire.

    October 11, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    He DOES look like Goober on the Andy Griffith show.

    And I don't think he could pass the med. test for the Marines. No way. Too scrawney, and probably too sissy too. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    October 11, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. AF

    I like Mr. Stengel's last statement. Indeed, Mr. Ryan nor Mr. Romney will be news after the election.

    Forward. 2O12,

    October 11, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. TY

    You got that right ! What is he trying to prove or appeal to?

    October 11, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. FedUp

    I would rather see these pictures than know that Bill Clinton wears boxers.

    October 11, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    is he looking for the cougar vote?

    October 11, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. 1twinsfan

    Isn't this the standard defense - the photographer told me they would be tasteful?

    Perfect timing by Time, IMO.

    October 11, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Babyboomer

    The word "Dufus" is the first thing that came to mind when I saw these pics... (-:

    October 11, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They couldn't have printed the photos if he hadn't been stupid enough to pose for them.

    October 11, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. myviewis

    He looks like a typical guy working out, stinky and sweaty. So he doesn't look as perfect as president Obama when he has his pictures taken playing basketball.

    October 11, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Carl

    Thank goodness this guy does not reflect anything we might do in jest. The real unfortunate thing is these pictures expose our human tendencies to deny ourselves as demonstrated by these comments. I mean, how many of us have allowed such pictures to be taken when we had risen to the level of competing for the vice presidency. You havenb't see any of us allow such pictures. He sets a horrible example for the rest of us.

    October 11, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. sayer

    Hat on backwards? He looks 15. Not presidential material.

    October 11, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Bad Bob the Albino

    Got any pictures of Barney Frank working out? How about Harry Reid? Why would we want a fit man in line for the Presidency? Oprah for president. She could give out free food and books to the poor masses. Does anybody read books anymore, or do they just talk and text on their Obamaphones?

    October 11, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    More Teatroll tears. Do you have a sad? Here, you can has tissue.

    Besides, what did Ryan think they'd do with goofy phtoos of him and his chickenlegs? What this really means is that RUAN SHOWED POOR JUDGMENT GIVING THEM THE PHOTOS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    Bok bok bok bok bok bokaaawk!!!!!

    October 11, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Ryan should have known, that the photos were going to be used against him.

    October 11, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Bad Bob the Albino

    Yeah, somehow I don't see these pictures as particularly negative. He is smiling and working out, while listening to music. And, Who is RUAN?

    October 11, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Sue

    Typical GOP thinking. 'Sure, take my photo.(and then leave it in the camera) now they can whine about when and where the pictures were preduced. Likely they'll be claiming the photographer was a 'Democratic liberal'. (kind of like Assads armed terrorists')

    October 11, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Yes, the prime of his life....with the legs of an 80 year old.

    October 11, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Bad Bob the Albino

    This is all you have to work with? Pictures of the VP candidate WORKING OUT? The American people will never stand for this. I'm surprised he doesn't just withdraw from the race and hide himself in shame. Maybe Oprah could run?

    October 11, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. CBR

    Poor Mr. Ryan. He posed for the photo and now does not like how it is being used. Who really cares?

    October 11, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. jamesr1976

    Snap out of it Paul, you can't trust the media, they are liberals and will do anything they can to manipulate the election in favor of Obama. A promise is the same as a lie to them. Seriously though, Ryan doesn't look nearly as bad as Biden with the biker chick in his lap.

    October 11, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    Why are the dumbells dressed in shorts?

    October 11, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Mr. chicken lips and don't get me started on that honkin' beak!

    October 11, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. 1nsite

    What Ryan didn't want his pictures published!?!? The ones he agreed to get taken of him?? Bbbbut Oprah. Gotta love Republican way of thinking. What in the world does Oprah have to do with this?

    October 11, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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