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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Romney Not Worried About 'The Wimp Factor'

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July 29, 2012

Mitt Romney may object to some labels, but apparently calling him a "wimp" is not one of them.

Romney said as much on Sunday in response to a recent Newsweek cover that carries the headline “Romney: The Wimp Factor” over a photo of his smiling face.

"If I worried about what the media said, I wouldn't get much sleep, and I've been able to sleep pretty well," Romney said when asked about the cover during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation.

 

He said that he couldn’t recall having been called a wimp previously in his life, but dismissed the label, saying that it didn't mean much when Newsweek gave George H.W. Bush a similar cover treatment. A 1987 issue included a photo of the former president and the words “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’”

"They tried that on George Herbert Walker Bush," Romney said. "He was a pretty great president and anything but."

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