Can you judge a candidate by how they treat their pets?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Can you judge a candidate by how they treat their pets?
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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 2:04pm

I can't believe I haven't heard this story until now! Can / Do you judge a presidential candidate based on how they treat their pets?

Axelrod Jabs Romney With Sweet Twitpic of Obama & Bo
Full story~ http://www.ivillage.com/axelrod-jabs-romney-sweet-twitpic-obama-bo/8-a-423708

"The tweet was a not-so-thinly veiled swipe at G.O.P. presidential front runner Mitt Romney. Earlier this month Newt Gingrich released an attack ad against Romney that honed in on the what's likely to be known as Dog Gate. As The Boston Globe reported in 2007, some 25 years ago Romney had strapped a dog crate--with his Irish setter Seamus inside--to the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour family road trip from Boston to Ontario. Making matters for Romney worse, it came to light that during the infamous trip poor Seamus suffered from diarrhea in his crate, which the would-be presidential candidate handled by hosing the dog off at a gas station and putting him back on the car roof."

If you were a fan of Mitt Romney before, does this make you reconsider or feel differently?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-01-2003
I heard that this morning,he no longer would get my vote!!!!!!!!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2003

I think that the treatment of pets now as compared to 25 years ago we've all learned something.

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Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000

I think if he were abusing animals I certainly would not vote for him.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011
I think if this had happened recently, than it might affect the way I perceive the candidate. I would consider how a candidate treats everyone in their life, including pets, when I'm deciding on who to vote for. He made a bad choice at that time, and I'm sure he has since learned from it. It might say a lot about his character that this was all that they could dig up on him.

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-01-2003
You have a very good point!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-01-2003
You are right les but I do have to say I have never abused a animal and I know you have not either

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-01-2003
but I also do know 25 years ago I would never have did this as I have always loved animals

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-21-2011

I had to chuckle at "Dog Gate."

...it came to light that during the infamous trip poor Seamus suffered from diarrhea in his crate, which the would-be presidential candidate handled by hosing the dog off at a gas station and putting him back on the car roof.

How can any animal owner think this is acceptable treatment?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2011

For me it wasn't as much about what he did 25 years ago as it is what his response to this was.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-13-2005

I think you can judge people by how they treat their pet or how they treat animals in general.

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