New Web Video Shows Mitt Romney Hounded by Dog Problem

Feb 17, 2012 3:41pm

It is clear that for as long as  Mitt Romney is a candidate for office, his opponents will continue to drag up his dog problem. The fact that a quarter century ago Romney transported a dog in a kennel tied to the roof of the family car has become something of a legend and the subject of half-joking attacks by everyone from the Obama campaign to Newt Gingrich.  The latest reminder is a video by MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group, that characterizes the former Massachusetts governor as “Bad for Dogs.”

The video splices footage from Romney’s web video “Mitt On the Road: North Country,” which features the presidential candidate driving a Ford SUV through New Hampshire, with video of a fake Boxer strapped onto the roof of an SUV with yellow tethers.

The video interchanges the letters in Romney’s name to spell “RMoney” in the style of the Romney logo with the phrase “Bad for Dogs” sitting underneath it.

Ending the video – a beagle bearing a sign reading, “I ride inside.”

Romney has faced a barrage of criticism for once placing his family dog, an Irish Setter named Seamus, in a kennel atop the roof of a car during a family trip from Boston to Canada.

Earlier in the week, a group called “Dogs Against Romney” protested outside the Westminster dog show in New York City “to ensure pet lovers are aware that Mitt Romney is mean to dogs,” according to a press release from the group.

ABC News’ Jake Tapper noted Democrats plan to make sure Romney’s dog problem continues to hound him throughout the election, and some Republicans already have taken advantage of Romney’s pet faux-pas.  Newt Gingrich’s campaign brought up the dog issue in a web ad attacking Romney’s electability argument earlier this election cycle.

New York Times’ Columnist Gail Collins repeatedly and consistently uses the canine incident in her columns, most recently tying in the story into a column about the politics behind the Susan G. Komen dustup earlier this month.

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