Romney laughs off Newsweek magazine’s 'wimp' cover story

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney brushed off a Newsweek cover labeling him a “wimp,” saying that the media tried the same tactic to discredit former President George H. W. Bush.

“They tried that in George Herbert Walker Bush. He was a pretty great President and anything but,” said Romney in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. 

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Romney was asked if he worried a narrative questioning his toughness would hurt him with voters. “If I worried about what the media said I wouldn't get much sleep and I'm able to sleep pretty well,” he responded.

The Newsweek magazine cover story titled “Romney: The Wimp Factor” hits stands Monday.

In 1987, Newsweek ran a similarly titled profile of then Vice President George H.W. Bush during his bid for the White House, entitled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’”

Romney said it was the first time he could recall that he’d been called a wimp, laughing off the cover story.

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