Romney Responds to Newsweek ‘Wimp’ Cover: ‘Wouldn’t Get Much Sleep’ If I Worried About the Media

(The Blaze/AP) — Mitt Romney says if he worried about what reporters thought of him, he wouldn’t get much sleep– and he’s been sleeping just fine.

The U.S. presidential candidate told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he isn’t sweating the upcoming Newsweek magazine cover that leads with “Romney: The Wimp Factor.”

The title reportedly continues: “Is He Just Too Insecure To Be President?” and the article itself then likens the presidential candidate to a “mouse” in the White House.

Here’s how the cover will reportedly appear:

(Photo: Newsweek Tumblr via Business Insider)

Romney explained that the media tried a similar criticism of President George H.W. Bush, who Romney described as “a pretty great president” and not a “wimp.”

Newsweek used the same exact insult, actually.  According to the Associated Press, a 1987 Newsweek profile featured then-Vice President Bush with the title — “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.”

Asked whether he had ever been called “wimp” himself, Romney says he thinks the magazine cover is a first.

The left’s narrative appears to have run two different courses simultaneously in this regard.  Romney has been portrayed as a “bully” for allegedly cutting the hair of a boy in grade school, and Obama adviser Robert Gibbs just called Romney to a “prep school bully” on Sunday.

So is it possible to be both a bully and a wimp at the same time?

Watch the whole CBS interview, below:

As those who follow current events know, Newsweek has a reputation for leading with provocative (but not necessarily accurate) cover stories.

According to Newsweek, Barack Obama is the “first gay president,” and everyone remembers Michele Bachmann’s unfortunate cover photo.

The antics likely haven’t helped Newsweek’s success in the industry.  Earlier this week, it was announced that the magazine may be forced to become online-only.

The conservative site Weasel Zippers responded to the Newsweek cover with an image of Barack Obama riding his bicycle, asking: “If Romney is a wimp, then what is this guy?”

(Photo: AP)

When asked how she feels about the Newsweek cover, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz launched into a discussion of Romney’s “[secretive]” habits:

“Well, I think Mitt Romney has demonstrated repeatedly he has a penchant for– for secrecy, doesn’t seem to have any interest in actually showing the American people his– his finances, decision– important decisions about his investments, refuses to come clean on his time at Bain Capital and when he was really there, and, you know, be held accountable for the outsourcing of jobs and the off-shoring of jobs and shipping jobs overseas … So I– I think he has left quite a bit of doubt about his level of preparation and readiness to the President.”

This post has been updated.