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Mitt Romney Responds To Newsweek Cover Story Calling Him A ‘Wimp’

In an interview on Face the Nation today, Mitt Romney responded to the latest cover story in Newsweek calling him a “wimp.” Romney dismissed the charge, saying he doesn’t give much credence to what the media says about him, while later in the program, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz found it to be a fairly accurate assessment of Romney’s weaknesses.

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CBS News’ Jan Crawford pressed Romney on exactly where he differs from the current administration on Israel. Romney said that would not find it appropriate to highlight the differences “on foreign soil.”

Crawford brought up the Newsweek article calling him a “wimp.” and asked Romney if he thought that characterization was fair. Romney recalled the magazine used the same line against George H.W. Bush, adding that he was “anything but” a wimp, and brushed aside the criticism.

“If I worried about everything the media said, I wouldn’t get much sleep, and I’m able to sleep pretty well.”

Later on in the program, Bob Schieffer brought up the cover story to Wasserman-Schultz, and asked her if she agreed with the characterization. Wasserman-Schultz said that Romney has been rather secretive about his finances and certain policy positions, and while she did not directly answer the “wimp” charge, she did say he has “left quite a bit of doubt” about his readiness.

Watch the video below, courtesy of CBS:

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