Axelrod's tweet worse than his bite
January 30th, 2012
04:48 PM ET
10 years ago

Axelrod's tweet worse than his bite

(CNN) - One of President Barack Obama's top campaign officials took a not-so-veiled jab at Mitt Romney Monday, tweeting a photo of the president riding in the presidential limousine with his Portuguese Water Dog Bo.

"How loving owners transport their dogs," Axelrod wrote, taking an apparent stab at Mitt Romney, whose own experience transporting pets has become fodder for rival candidates and newspaper columnists.

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Newt Gingrich first introduced the tale of Romney's dog Seamus into the 2012 contest earlier this month 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.

The incident took place in the 1980s on a road trip to Canada. 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. 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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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. MTATL67

    I follow Mr. Axelrod on twitter and his twitts are funny. He's got a good sense of humor.

    January 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. drnasrol

    I am glad this has come to light! People love their dogs and don't time them to the roof. Romney has too many kids and so does Santorum. It is a joke. For every 3rd child born it lessens the chance of the other two to survive and thrive.

    January 30, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Neil IL

    Mitt seems like a relatively smart guy. But you know.. Putting your dog in a cage on the hood of your car is something Clark Griswald would do on the trip to WallyWorld.

    January 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Meh. Let us know when something actually important happens, mmmkay CNN? Not just tongue-in-cheek Tweet jokes. I mean really maybe when one of the GOP/Teatroll candidates decides to use that kid singing his song "Chocolate Rain" on youtube as their campaign theme song in a weird attempt to curry minority favor. Now THAT would be important. This, however, is just trivial.

    January 30, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    A kennel strapped to the roof of the car? Really? I'd think Mitt could have afforded a vehicle big enough to transport his family and his pet – inside.

    January 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Fla.Pete

    I'm reallly surprised Romney wasn't dragging his dog behind his car...Does he dress the dog,so he can get him in a hotel without paying extra for them..Mr.Axelrod hasn't sharpened up his communication skills yet for Mr.Romney or Any Repub hypocrite teabagger..Mark my words,you'll regret it when he starts,Ask McCain and Palin,they have felt his rath...

    January 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. diridi

    Obama2012. period.
    PS: Say no to nasty thugs of the nation–republicans. Amen, god bless.

    January 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |

    Slow news day. Yawn.

    January 30, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. me

    must be a slow news day. wake me when there is something worth while going on

    January 30, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    maybe Mitt can ride his dog around in style like Obama next year

    January 30, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    For those of you who think this is a trivial story, consider this: Many psychopaths have a history of cruelty to animals. Rmoney, the Pretty Little Princess for the Party of the Elites, is very probably a psychopath. Another characteristic is a lack of empathy. Haven't seen much of that from Rmoney either.

    January 30, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. kayla

    if you treat your dog like that how would you treat the the american people?

    January 30, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. mintkeith

    this guy is despicable!

    January 30, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Come November 7th, Mitt will be able to strap the dog to the roof and take a long vacation. Obama 2012

    January 30, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. lyn

    OBAMA 2012. God Bless

    January 30, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. emt2er

    Geeez, with all of Romney's money he could have bought the poor dog his own car equipped with a vet and clinic hand.

    January 30, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. bill

    Axelrod is a disaster.

    January 30, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Slightly Left of Center

    OK, Alexrod is kinda funny!

    January 30, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Republican Class Warfare

    CNN took the bait. I love it. BTW, why couldn't Obama get an AMERICAN water dog???

    January 30, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. My name is Jose Jimenez

    So how did you and Ann like it inside the car with your five sons?

    January 30, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. John N Florida

    Keeping an 'Irishman' in a "kennel most of the time" is a crime WITHOUT the car involved. The man doesn't know any more about dogs than he does people.
    That must have been one of the times he worried about getting a Pink Slip. The dog SHOULD have fired him.

    January 30, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    At least when Romney takes his dog for a ride, it's not on the taxpayer dime. I'll be so glad next January when these parasites are out of the Whitehouse and back in south Chicago where they belong.

    January 30, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Sherry Garbarini

    This is what humanity NEEDS TO KNOW! If you are PRO-LIFE.

    January 30, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Observer

    Is it just me or is Mr Gingrich imploding before our eyes

    January 30, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. manhandler

    I think they should put Mittens on top of his campaign bus in a kennel. This guy hasn't got a clue and gives me the creepin" creeps.

    January 30, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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