Mitt Romney Defends His Actions, Says Dog Liked The Car Roof

Mitt Romney with wife and station wagon

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to his own rescue (sort of) on a Thursday campaign stop. In defending his actions of strapping the family dog in a crate to the top of the car for 12 hours, he said “[the dog, Seamus,] scrambled up there every time we went on trips. He got it all by himself and enjoyed it.”

Don’t blame the dog for your own stupid actions.

A grown man and the head of a family needs better judgment skills — especially if that man wants to be the president.

What’s the Massachusetts penalty for animal cruelty? “Imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 1/2 years or by a fine of not more than $2,500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”

More on Mitt Romney and his dog after the jump.

(Romney family photo)

From The AP via The Washington Post:

An example of Mitt Romney’s crisis management skills has turned into something of a political problem for the Republican presidential contender.

Now the story, recounted this week in a Boston Globe profile of Romney, has touched off howls of outrage from bloggers and animal rights activists even though it was presented in the story as an example of Romney’s coolness under trying circumstances.

“Massachusetts animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal `in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon,’” wrote Steve Benen in a post on the blog “Crooks and Liars.”

Romney dismissed any outcry about the 24-year-old incident, saying the dog enjoyed his rooftop perch.

(Thanks straybaby)

Photo source: Boston Globe

55 Responses to “Mitt Romney Defends His Actions, Says Dog Liked The Car Roof”

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  1. Pat R. says:

    A pretty damning piece of evidence about poor judgement if true.

    For Dog lovers, he would be a very hard sell candidate by this revelation.

  2. Steve says:

    Huh? I see no mention of the FACT that Romney’s dog was safely riding in a secure carrier on top of the car. What’s the big deal? The dog wouldn’t like it if it didn’t feel good…basic principle of behaviorism. It was probably more comfortable than a Livestock trailer, anyway. This is NOT cruelty. What Michael Vick and his friends did was cruelty.

  3. JoeyIsTheMan!! says:

    This article is dumb, can’t you guys find something else to talk about other than a dog riding on the roof of the car….I can see if Mitt was trying to kill the dog or punish the dog. Mitt was the one that told us all of this…it’s not like he was trying to hide anything, you guys…Mitt is the most honest and straightforward of all the potentials for the Presidency. I like how everyone says he is a flip-flopper on issues…WHATEVER! This is such a stupid argument…ALL OF THE CANDIDATES HAVE ISSUES OF CHANGING THEIR OPINIONS ON ISSUES!! HELLarry Clinton, NObama, and McCan’t all have switched opinions. Though I can’t stand any of them, I will have to place my vote for McCain, b/c he definitely stands for most of my same values as a Conservative. Hopefully he will choose Mitt for his V.P. that will be the best choice if he definitely wants to win the Republican vote. Unfortunately, he is disliked soo much that even true Conservatives would vote 4 Obama before him…which is really sad. I do hope that McCain wins though in favor for freedom for not only our Country but for the World. Mitt 4 V.P.!!!!!!

  4. Kathy OMeal says:

    I think it is fine to put the dog on the roof of a car in a secure carrier….this beats having the dog stick its head out the window for air and risk getting it hit…I think it is creative and shows Mitts creative and critical thinking skills….someone should start producing dog car carriers for the top of the car…I would be the first to buy it…..

  5. demi says:

    If he wasn’t a public figure who may be named as John McCaine’s VP choice, this wouldn’t even make the news. Dogs love riding with their heads in the breeze. I don’t allow mine to stick their heads out of the window when I’m driving because I don’t like having that saliva blow of their tongues onto the car. It leaves ugly streaks on a black car.

    Riding on top of a car in a secure carrier cannot be considered animal cruelty. Don’t try telling peta that though. They wholly protect animals while they say nothing about the killing of full term baby by partial birth abortion. But that’s another subject. I kind of veered off the present subject. sorry.

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