Mitt Romney says he isn’t worried about being called a wimp.
The Republican presidential candidate told CBS’ Jan Crawford on Sunday that he hasn’t seen Newsweek’s cover, which features a photo of him next to the headline, “The Wimp Factor: Is He Just Too Insecure to Be President?” But he shrugged off the criticism.
“They tried that on George Herbert Walker Bush,” said Romney, referring to a 1987 Newsweek cover titled “George Bush: Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’”
“He was a pretty great president and anything but [a wimp],” said Romney.
When Crawford asked Romney if he was concerned about the “wimp” narrative, Romney replied, “If I worried about what the media said, I wouldn’t get much sleep. And I’m able to sleep pretty well.” He acknowledged he had never been called a wimp before.
The Newsweek issue hits the stands on Monday and comes after a gaffe-filled week for Romney, in which he suggested London might not be prepared for the Olympics and publicly revealed he had met with the country’s highly secretive M16 intelligence agency.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was asked on Face the Nation if she thought Romney was a wimp. Romney, she said has demonstrated “he has a penchant for secrecy, has no interest in showing his finances … and refuses to come clean on Bain.”