Playing hot potato with hot dog stories
April 18th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Playing hot potato with hot dog stories

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney refused to play ball Wednesday over the newest turn in a frenzy dogging the political sphere.

The presumptive GOP nominee brushed off a question about President Obama eating dog meat as a child in Indonesia, telling a conservative radio host: "This campaign is going to ultimately become about jobs, not dogs."

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Romney's response came a day after reports went viral that the president had eaten dog as a young boy in Indonesia. The story - published Tuesday by the conservative news site The Daily Caller - was a childhood story which Obama originally revealed in a 1995 memoir.

The hubbub gave Republicans an opportunity to push back against another dog-related storyline: criticism of Romney for once transporting his dog, Seamus, in a crate strapped to the family car during a trip.

Democrats have gleefully used that story as an opportunity to paint Romney as removed and out-of-touch. In January, Obama senior strategist David Axelrod tweeted a photograph of Obama riding in a car with his Portuguese water dog, Bo, with the words: "How loving owners transport their dogs."

On Tuesday night, Romney senior strategist Eric Fehnrstrom joined the dogfight, retweeting Axelrod's original missive but adding the snapshot of Obama and his dog was: "In hindsight, a chilling photo."

WLW host Bill Cunningham asked Romney to weigh in Wednesday.

"Are you a little bit embarrassed by the so-called lame stream media spending its time on Seamus your dog and, it hasn't broken yet big time nationally about the president when he was known as Barry Sotero eating dogs in Indonesia. Is that the level of the campaign that we have?" Cunningham said.

Romney quickly turned the conversation back to his economic message.

"You know, I think this campaign is going to ultimately become about jobs not dogs," he said. "Look, you recognize, of course, that some members of the media and certainly the DNC and the White House itself, are going to do everything in their power to divert the attention of the voter from the failure of the president to turn around the economy."

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  1. a little sad

    I'm pretty sure the mystery meat I ate in NJ as a kid was NOT dog, but I could never be sure what it was.

    Most of us ate what was put in front of us, as kids.

    Those cafeteria ladies wouldn't let you get away with not eating ALL our lunch. Even the yucky cherry cobbler.

    April 18, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. WKT

    Obama ate dog meat? That qualifies as CANNIBALISM!!!

    April 18, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. weR4freedom

    Romney is the right man for President!

    Romney 2012/2016

    April 18, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Andy

    Listen to you all. Dog meat? Dog on roof? Womans rights? You are buying into the slop they are slinging! Both parties are owned by Goldman Sachs. Nothing will change while we sit here and fight over the next news article they fabricate into a story. The rich are laughing to the bank while we fight over dog bones. REAL CHANGE, RON PAUL 2012!

    April 18, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    leave it to a CONSERVATIVE talk show host to bring up such tripe about the president. When asked this foolish question Romney should have pushed away from the table. But then again what can you expect from a guy that was scared to not only rebuke Rush Limbaugh for his comments but now Ted Nuget as well.

    April 18, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth – "Obama eating dog huh??? Funny how THAT one never came out in the LSM in 2008 yet there are countless tories about Romney and his dog. LSM protecting Obama yet again."
    Wow.. the GOP missed a possible opportunity to diss Obama in 2008. You're slacking boys!! LOL
    It won't matter either way, cus Mitten's is going to be eating CROW come Nov. Y'all can line up for that new MA delicacy too.. HAHAHAHA

    April 18, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Russ

    Failure of the President, Failure of the President, Failure of the President, Failure of the President......I get so tired of hearing this idiot make that statement. It's not the failure of the President and if you're lucky enough to become President, mittins, you will see it's the failure of the house and senate. In the real world the President can do very little without the support of both houses, which Republicans have made it a point to obstruct almost everything that would have helped this country in an effort to defeat President Obama in '12.

    April 18, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Putting a dog on top of a car with a windshield is no different than a person going cross-country on a motorcycle or an open top convertible. I decided to test my theory, putting my dog's crate on top of my SUV. I drove for 15 minutes going about 50 mph. When I got out, the dog seemed fine. The next day, when I brought my dog out, he saw the crate and excitedly tried jumping into it. He enjoyed it. It's also no different than a person putting their dog in the back of their pickup. So why is this torture and cruelty?"

    You don't see a difference between a motorcyclist and a dog? Thanks for proving how you low-information rightwing extremists are incapable of analyzing similarities and differences and coming up with valid comparisons. And while I think you are making up your story about your dog, even if you aren't your story does nothing to disprove Robot Rmoney's cruelty towards the family dog. THAT dog took a defecated in terror and later ran away. THAT dog was traumatized by Rmoney's cruelty.

    April 18, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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