October 11th, 2012
10:26 AM ET
10 years ago

TIME: Ryan's heavy lifting

(CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate and fitness fiend Paul Ryan poses lifting weights in pictures taken by TIME Magazine in December 2011 and published on Thursday.

In response to the photos, Ryan spokesman Michael Steel said, "Paul Ryan takes his health seriously. Clearly - judging by these silly pictures - he doesn't take himself too seriously."

Photo credit: Gregg Segal for TIME

But a Ryan aide told CNN later in the day that the publication of the photos was "poor judgment" and said they promised the photos would never be published.

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said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Thursday that the magazine never promised that the pictures would not be published.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


- CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. ST

    Taking the hobby seriously, doesn't equates to what a person do on daily routine job. I like swimming very, very, very much. Should I apply that to the work I do? Of course not, as they do not relate to each other at all.

    October 11, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Luke Brown

    Then again, maybe Ryan doesn't take this seriously enough.

    Our country faces very serious challenges. Millions are without health care, and one in four children lives in a household in which it is not clear where the next meal is coming from. Many of us have loved ones serving overseas in very dangerous situations, while millions are out of work.

    Ryan's response is to have some photos taken of him in a muscle shirt? Get real.

    October 11, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. myviewis

    Okay, how soon before we see those famous pictures of Obama coming out of the water and walking around shirtless?????

    October 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Thomas

    This Ryan photo looks like a commercial for deoderant .

    October 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Borderless

    Why is this story in Political news? Well, the author of the story feigns interest in Ryan's approach to health to squeeze in some backhanded political attacks. Obamakins built the low road. They own the low road. There is no other path for the Obamakins.

    October 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. @OmegaRaiel

    Ryan doesn't take the health of America very seriously either.

    October 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. plain&simple

    Ryan's clearly cut out to be president.... This proves it. Get real and watch reality TV. It's where you get your education if you believe my prior statement.

    October 11, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. gt

    lets see uncle joe hangs with bikers ...ryan works out to p90x...old ,tried and old ideas from uncle joe...fresh,new,in shape..ryan...yep easy choice.....i

    October 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Just what the United States needs one heartbeat away from the nuclear trigger. A muscle bound dimwit who has only passed two of his own bills in all his years in Congress. The man cares little to nothing about the 47%ers. That group includes most educators, military personell, health care providers, policemen, EMTs, all of the poor and a large section of everyday working class people in the United Staes.

    October 11, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Marie MD

    What, no pictures of his 2 hour marathon time? Oh right, he lied about that.
    Does pumping iron make him a better candidate? NO!!!

    October 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. ja


    October 11, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. z2cents

    chicken legs!!!

    October 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. The Other Dale

    And, according to Ryan, he's lifting 5,000 pound weights right there.

    October 11, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Ozzie

    Just try not to lie, Paul – not an easy task. Your buddy, Ricky Santorum, said that Mitt has no core values. You and Mitt simply enjoy playing dodge ball. Tell the truth. Have courage.

    October 11, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. RealityBites

    What a wonderful government watch dog we have here.., NOT!

    October 11, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Woman In California

    He's pathetic looking if you ask me and his clothes always look as if they were given to him by his older brother.

    Look for him to lie about this picture just like he did about the marathon.

    Go Joe!

    October 11, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. myviewis

    Woman In California

    He's pathetic looking if you ask me and his clothes always look as if they were given to him by his older brother

    What's wrong with people wearing clothes given to them by an older/younger sibling?? What's wrong with someone using used/second hand clothing???? Many people buy their clothes at Goodwill or second hand shops.

    October 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. myviewis


    Just try not to lie, Paul – not an easy task. Your buddy, Ricky Santorum, said that Mitt has no core values. You and Mitt simply enjoy playing dodge ball. Tell the truth. Have courage.

    Too bad you didn't say those same words to President Obama for the debate.

    October 11, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Borderless

    At the end of the day, we aren't just looking at a potential Vice President here, but someone who may have to take over the reigns as president. Do we want a gaffe prone, unintelligent closet racist as president? Or do we want Ryan. Pretty clear choice. Don't take a chance on Biden becoming the biggest embarrassment to the US ever. Obama was bad enough.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    There's a little child in all of us.

    October 11, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "This Ryan photo looks like a commercial for deoderant ."

    That would have to be the worst spokesperson choice ever. Dude has been sniffed and found wanting.

    October 11, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He needs to bulk up in order to carry around the load of crap he's been trying to feed us for the past months,
    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 11, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. wjmccartan

    He is an experienced young and completely entrenched politician, he wanted to be a plotician as a young man and has made it work for himself and his family, tying himself to Mittens is an opportunity to forward that career and win or lose his future is probably a bright one.

    All that being said Biden is no slouch, and has more than enough personal history with his family serving in the military and his own political history, nobodies right Mittens.

    Should be a good debate and that really depends on the monitor, if he is able to keep them both in line.

    The one thing Paul will always have to be careful of is how far he is willing to stray away from his believes in order to get to Washington.

    To pose with your sister-inlaw with her baby and not clarify that, can be construed a misrepresenting himseld. I knew a salesman who was single but kept a pic of his family, or part of it, himself with a sister-inlaw with her two kids. He used it to promote himself as a family man to make more on sales. Gray area, ethical unethical, the person themselves are lying by using the photo though and if their willing to lye about something as important as family, then where is the limit if the lie.

    Lucid One

    October 11, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |