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Mitt Romney Faces Dogs Against Romney Protestor in South Carolina (Video)

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Mitt Romney faced a past incident of riding with his dog on the car roof when a South Carolina protestor strapped a stuffed animal dog in a cage to a van roof and held a sign, "Dogs Against Romney." Additionally, Republican supporter John McCain accidentally referred to Romney as “President Obama" at a South Carolina rally.

It seems Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is having a rough trip to South Carolina. When he arrived, Romney was confronted with a protestor standing near a stuffed dog in a dog cage strapped to a van roof. The protestor held a sign stating, “Dogs Against Romney.”

Apparently this was to remind everyone of the 1983 incident when Romney traveled with his dog in a carrier strapped to his car roof. To add to the confusion, Republican supporter John McCain mistakenly referred to Romney as “President Obama” during a South Carolina rally.

The dog incident from the 1980s continues to haunt Romney today. In 2007, The Boston Globe reported Mitt Romney made a road trip with his family from Boston to Ontario. Romney was taking his family for a summer vacation at his parents' cottage on the shores of Lake Huron where he stayed as a child.

Romney put the family dog, an Irish setter named Seamus, in a dog carrier. He then attached it to the station wagon roof rack. Romney built a windshield for the carrier so the ride would be more comfortable for the family pet.

According to The Boston Globe, “The ride was largely what you'd expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the 'white whale.'”

The article continues, “As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. 'Dad!' he yelled. 'Gross!' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.”

In finality, “As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.”

After the article was released, PETA President, Ingrid Newkirk, said, “First, as a charity we can’t and don’t endorse or oppose any candidate for public office, but I can say (and not just as a person who grew up with an Irish Setter!) that any individual who does something like that may have what scientists term the absence of the mirror neuron, i.e., a pin-pointable absence in the brain of the characteristic which allows the individual to feel basic compassion. The implications are frightening.”

According to Toxic Hominid, Tyler Jones, a spokesperson for the group SC Forward Progress, stated, “Anyone who would strap their dog to the top of a moving car has neither a soul nor a brain. Mitt Romney obviously does not share our South Carolina values. South Carolinians deserve to know about Mitt Romney’s history of animal cruelty. We do not strap our dogs to the tops of cars in this state. Not only is it illegal, it’s downright cruel. Mitt Romney is an odd man with a very strange past. He needs to apologize to all the dog lovers in South Carolina and hope the voters of this state don’t treat him the same way he treats his pets.”

Today the ABC News blog reported about the protestor greeting Mitt Romney at a campaign stop with a stuffed animal dog in a cage pinned to a van roof, holding a sign stating, “Dogs Against Romney.” Emily Friedman of ABC posted a photo on Twitter of the protestor.

In the following video, Romney admits to the dog incident and states, “PETA has not been my fan over the years,” and claims, “they're not happy my dog likes fresh air.”

Image Source: Twitter Emily Friedman


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So South Carolina treats their dogs better, how is it so different from putting your dog in the back of pickup truck? This act was a common way to take your dog with you on vacation. It was the norm back then especially if you had five children in the car. The dog probably appreciated the ride with his own cave. As for the other lies the animal rights people spout off know that CASS SUNSTEIN is OBAMA's regulatory czar and he pushed for the USD rule that no child can work with farm animals. Animal rights people want to end all use of animals and they also want to starve the human race down to what they believe to be an acceptable number mostly zero on this planet. See Peter Singer's article asking our young people to spay and neuter themselves and then party down until the last human being dies out. "I don't believe that people have the right to life. That's a supremacist perversion."Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA's President, American Policy Center. "Even if animal tests produced a cure [for AIDS], we'd be against it." -- Ingrid Newkirk, national director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), as quoted in Fred Barnes, "Politics," Vogue, September 1989, p. 542. "I openly hope that it [hoof-and-mouth disease] comes here. It will bring economic harm only for those who profit from giving people heart attacks and giving animals a concentration camp-like existence. It would be good for animals, good for human health and good for the environment." -- Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA founder and president, ABC News interview April 2, 2001. "I'm not only uninterested in having children. I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it is nothing but vanity, human vanity." -- Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA's founder and president, New Yorker magazine, April 23, 2003,"Hunting accidents are a beautiful manifestation of karma. Nearly every US citizen in the animal liberation movement has the same 2nd Amendment right to bear arms as hunters and probably loves the outdoors as much (if not more than) those who hunt. Wouldn't it be unfortunate if there were a sudden epidemic of hunting accidents?" -- Jason Miller, relentless anti-capitalist, animal liberationist, and senior editor and founder of Thomas Paine's Corner 25 July 2009. Jason Miller is also a Press Officer for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAAPO)

Submitted by Lena (not verified) on
It is becoming more and more difficult each day to understand where common sense has disappeared to. When did cruelty to animals become a trade off for cruelty to humans, as if one offsets the other? I am Pro-Life as well. I also happen to be an animal lover. Are you suggesting that what Mitt Romney did was equal to having a dog in the back of your pick-up? That is ludicrous! If your dog is in the back of a pick up, it's usually because you are going some place local. WHEN was the last time ANYONE YOU EVER HEARD OF... traveled on the freeway, at speeds of 65mph or more FOR 12 HOURS STRAIGHT WITH THEIR DOG IN THE BACK OF A TRUCK? NO ONE DOES THAT! AND...ALL BREEDS ARE NOT THE SAME. IRISH SETTERS ARE GENTLE LOVING AND SENSITIVE DOGS. THAT MAKES WHAT MITT ROMNEY DID EVEN MORE EGREGIOUS! AND...IF HE CANT FIGURE OUT THAT WHEN AN IRISH SETTER IS DEFECATING DOWN THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR, THAT THE DOG IS IN DISTRESS...HE COULDNT POSSIBLY ASSIST A HUMAN IN NEED!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Okie wait wait wait HOLD THE PHONE this happened in 1983!!!! Really, did the dog get hurt, Is the dog dead!! I don't know, but this was soooooooooo long ago. It was a dog and I don't really see what the big deal is. My husband has two cats he LOVES them, I don't like cats, but I am still just as good of a person as he is and I still love our children has much as he does. Pets are wonderful but they are NOT people!

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