Mitt Romney is not concerned about being called a “wimp” on a Newsweek cover that will hit the newsstands on Monday.
“If I worried about what the media said I wouldn’t get much sleep, ” said the presumptive Republican nominee in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” in Jerusalem on Sunday. “And I’m able to sleep pretty well.”
The upcoming Newsweek cover’s headline is “Romney: The Wimp Factor, ” with smaller text below that asks: “Is he just too insecure to be president?”
The former Massachusetts governor argued that Newsweek tried the same attack on President George H. W. Bush when he was running for president the first time. A 1987 Newsweek profile of then-Vice President Bush was titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.'”
“He was a pretty great president and anything but, ” said Mr. Romney, adding that the Newsweek cover is the first time he recalls being called a wimp.
When asked if he believed foreign policy to be his weakest area, Mr. Romney used Ronald Reagan as an example of a former governor who became a successful commander-in-chief.
“I would say that foreign policy is a place where intelligence, resolve, clarity and confidence in cause is of extraordinary importance,” he said. “Ronald Reagan was one of our great foreign policy presidents. He did not come from the Senate, he did not come from the foreign policy world; he was a governor. But his resolve, his clarity of purpose, his intelligence, his capacity to deal with complex issues and solve tough problems served him extremely well and if I were elected president, I hope I could rely upon those same qualities.”
During the interview, the Republican candidate also reaffirmed his support for Israel.
“I respect the right of Israel to defend itself,” Mr. Romney said. “We stand with Israel. We’re two nations that come together in peace and we want to see Iran dissuaded from its nuclear folly.”
The presidential candidate argued that Iran is America’s biggest national security threat.
“Iran’s nuclearization is the greatest single national security threat America faces. That’s of great concern to me,” he said in the interview. “And all our efforts should be focused on making that our first priority.”
Mr. Romney is in Israel as part of a three country international tour designed to introduce him to the international community. During his trip he is meeting with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.