Romney says he wouldn't transport dog on roof again
April 16th, 2012
11:51 PM ET
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Romney says he wouldn't transport dog on roof again

(CNN) - The story has been floating around for months on the campaign trail, but Mitt Romney and his wife Ann have largely avoiding discussing the fate of their Irish Setter Seamus, who the now-candidate put in a kennel and strapped to the roof of his family's station wagon for a trip to Canada in the 1980s.

On Monday, the couple addressed the story head on, saying in an interview with ABC News that the tale of Seamus was clouded with misinformation.

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"It's crazy," Ann Romney said in the interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. "The dog loved it."

The candidate's wife explained how excited the dog got when he saw the crate, saying she thought it was "a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks."

When asked if he would transport a dog like that now, Mitt Romney said he would not.

"Certainly not with the attention it's received," Romney said.

The story has circulated among Romney's opponents for months.

In January, the top adviser to President Barack Obama's reelection campaign took a not-so-veiled jab at Mitt Romney, tweeting a photo of the president riding in the presidential limousine with his Portuguese Water Dog Bo.

"How loving owners transport their dogs," David Axelrod wrote.

Newt Gingrich first introduced the tale of Romney's dog Seamus into the 2012 contest earlier in January, when his campaign released a web video featuring Romney awkwardly explaining how his family's Irish Setter ended up in a kennel on the top of a moving car.

As Romney explained in the Fox News clip featured by the Gingrich campaign, "he climbed up there regularly, enjoyed himself. He was in a kennel at home a great deal of time as well.

“We loved the dog,” Romney continued. “It was where he was comfortable and we had five kids inside the car and my guess is he liked it a lot better in his kennel than he would have liked it inside."

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Bill

    This is the sort of questions and topics ABC and Diane Sawyer comes up with to ask a presidential candidate? This kind of "journalism" has branded the liberal media as being in the tank for Obama last time around in 2008. It's all over again. This is why Fox News is more watched than the likes of ABC, NBC, and CBS.

    April 17, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. Mae Miller

    The precedent has been established by the Obama's. WH dogs have their own Air Force D.O.G., so why not their own limos? This is not a problem.

    April 17, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  3. Will

    Etch-A-Sketch candidate is trying to erase his position AGAIN!

    April 17, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. caeser

    He's going to be locked,
    He's going to be caged.
    Seamus the setter is going to be caged.
    " We loved the dog" so we made it ride in a unheated crate on top of the car,in Canada.
    " We loved the dog" so we left it in a kennel a "great deal" of the time.

    April 17, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  5. Real-Stay-At-Home-Mom

    Little wonder the Bible say that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

    They are simply HEARTLESS and Rmoney is a typical example.

    April 17, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  6. phenoy

    Nothing personafies Mittens more than his actions with his dog; this is exactly how he treats people. Strap them outside to the roof , out in the cold, while he is comfortable inside his vehicle.

    April 17, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. Thomas

    Mitt is so funny.

    He will use that line on SNL.

    April 17, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. Blindersoff

    I will never transport my dog flip-flop on the top of my car but I'm sure that this president would transport his dog Bro on top of his limo.

    April 17, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  9. Anonymous

    "Romney says he wouldn't transport dog on roof again"

    Because Bishop Romney cleared it to make room for women who work from home, who don't have 2 cadillacs, or several multi million dollar mansions, and who shop at walmart. He doesn't even strap them down, it's easier to make sharp turns so that they can just roll off while he floors it to the next gop foto op. Time is money, you know. And any body fluids the women leave behind can easily be washed off.

    Btw, have the Romneys even been inside of a walmart? Don't mormons discourage or not allow "their" women from working outside of the home? How many mormon women are on welfare?

    April 17, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"It's crazy," Ann Romney said in the interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. "The dog loved it."◄
    WTH? I guess that's the reason why he CRAPPED all over the car. They were rich enough to leave the dog home at a kennel if they knew the dog could not fit in the car???? Come on now, the Romneys just made it worst because now they claim they are "Dog Whisperers" and the poor dog told them, "Bark, Bark, Bark" – translated to: "Put me up on the hood of the car in the kennel for a 10-hour or more drive because I LOVE IT!!!" This story is not going away!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward – You won't catch Bo on the HOOD!!!

    April 17, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  11. king

    Romney is not that people are worried about the man that put a dog on the roof, they are worried about the character you are. Even though bush was know to be kind of easily led, atleast he had humility and passion about people. You on the other Mr mitten, comes off as a calculated cold hearted SOGun, who will say anything, be anything, to get what you want. Mr Romney its all about the character that people sees, not the one you tries to portray.

    April 17, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  12. Vote for Common Sense NOT nonsense!

    "Romney says he wouldn't transport dog on roof again"

    Because Bishop Romney cleared it to make room for women who work from home, who don't have 2 Cadillacs, or several multi million dollar mansions, and who shop at Walmart.

    He doesn't even strap them down, it's easier to make sharp turns so that they can just roll off while he floors it to the next gop foto op. Time is money, you know.

    And any body fluids the women leave behind can easily be washed off.

    Btw, have the Romneys even been inside of a walmart? Don't mormons discourage or not allow "their" women from working outside of the home? How many mormon women are on welfare?

    April 17, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Vote for Common Sense NOT nonsense!

    Hey Media, find out how many women mormon women are on welfare. And are they the ones who HAVE to make the magic underwear or are they outsourced to foreign countries?

    April 17, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  14. Marlee

    Hey Mitt it's called a pick-up truck, try one! =)

    April 17, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  15. Bye Bye Republican Party

    If he gets the United States caged on his roof, the dog will get an upgrade.

    Willard, how many vacations days per years? work time versus down time? Your recent time spent running for POTUS don't count.

    April 17, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  16. Tracy

    With all the problems facing this nation, I don't think how Mitt Romney or Barack Obama transported their dogs in the 1980's is a topic any of us give a crap about. Seriously, this is a STUPID story.

    April 17, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  17. Debra From Georgia

    No, he will start transporting people. This man regards for people is so bad. I will take President Obama any day.

    April 17, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  18. madmaninthemiddle

    Not a Mitt fan, but... Dogs love sticking their face out the window of a moving car or riding in the bed of a pickup. Non story. Move on. Figures that Gingrich wad the first one to revive this old chestnut.

    April 17, 2012 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Really, now? You, and your out of touch family, should have had more sense thank to think that the place for a dog in the roof of your SUV.
    That shows that you can't make the right decision when faced with a human life (i.e., the poor, middle class). Not sure if you have a dog right now but I would have the SPCA take it away from you for its own safety.

    April 17, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  20. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    I bet his dog would vote for Obama and was also on the payroll on the big dig in Boston as a truck driver.

    April 17, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  21. Mark

    "the now-candidate put in a kennel and strapped to the roof of his family's station wagon for a trip to Canada in the 1980s. "It's crazy," Ann Romney said in the interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. "The dog loved it."

    Unbelievable. These two will say anything won't they? Does anyone believe a vomit covered dog enjoyed being trapped inside a crate, strapped to the top of a vehicle traveling at 50-60 miles an hour for over 8 hours?? Are these people insane??

    "When asked if he would transport a dog like that now, Mitt Romney said he would not.

    "Certainly not with the attention it's received," Romney said."

    Mittes has nothing to say about the well being of the animal being important, nope, he wouldn't do it again because it brought negative attention to him. Maybe somebody needs to strap a voimt covered Mittens to the roof of a car and drive 8 hours with him up there and then ask if he thinks it's ok.

    April 17, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  22. ST

    As the animal lover, it really hurts me to imagine how the dog suffered all way to Canada and coming back. It was my first time to hear such kind of news. I always think pets are part and parcel of the family. How can anyone with the right thinking treat a member of the family that way?? This couple (Romneys) have a big problem of how they make their judgement.

    April 17, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  23. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    People love doing stupid things, but some of them get people killed. That is why we ban it like the use of cocaine.

    April 17, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  24. fred ca

    Wow. What a ground-breaking news story. Forget hanging with Marxist bombers. Forget learning religion from a racist hate-monger Forget only voting on bills that benefit a connected felon who helps pay for your house. Great investigative journalism. Fetch Spot. Fetch.

    April 17, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    On Monday, the couple addressed the story head on, saying in an interview with ABC News that the tale of Seamus was clouded with misinformation.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Why don't we let YOUR newstory clear up any misconception, shall we?:

    "...when his campaign released a web video featuring Romney awkwardly explaining how his family's Irish Setter ended up in a kennel on the top of a moving car."

    NEXT!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 17, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
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