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Patch's Poll: Does The Mitt Romney Dog Story Matter?

A 1983 incident involving an Irish setter in a kennel strapped to the roof of the Romney car for a 12-hour trip continues to dog the candidate. Should it?

The story about Mitt Romney hauling his Irish setter in a kennel strapped on the roof of his car has grown to near legendary proportions since the Boston Globe first reported it in 2007.

As the Romney presidential campaign heats up after his win in the New Hampshire primary, the repercussions continue to spread. Websites are cropping up, as are Facebook pages. To "Romney" has become a verb.

(Remember when LBJ picked up his beagle by the ears?)

What do you think? Does an incident involving a family pet that happened nearly 30 years ago matter? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Justin January 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I don't think Mitt matters.
Brendan Boyle January 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
You should pay attention to him he is going to be your future president. Also way to go Elissa Bass citing Rachel Maddow she is obviously an excellent source of hardcore reporting.
John Yannacci, Sr. January 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
It only matters to Democrats as that's the only thing negative they can say about him.
Thomas Cornick January 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The dog cannot vote and has no money, I doubt it mattered very much to him at all. The gentleman in the wheelchair probably didn't matter much either because he would be dead before the election and didn't have any money. link below http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x9cn0M_AFWg
Brendan Boyle January 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Isn't it amazing that with all the advances in modern medicine the only thing that can keep these long haired hippies alive is marijuana. I'm calling BS on that one sir.
FearTheTruth January 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Mitt Romney is so Superficial and phoney. I can't believe he could be so popular. Why hasn't anyone seen through his disguise?
Denise Ahearn Carson January 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM
This man should be arrested for animal abuse, not running for the highest office in the land.
Brendan Boyle January 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Didn't Barack Hussein Obama snort cocaine. Shouldn't he also be arrested?
Larry Erhart January 18, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am not a Romney supporter but I also do not think that this old story from 15 years ago has any merit. Just as irrelevant as the story that Obama associates with terrorists in his youth days in Chicago. Irrelevant to 2012. This kind of journalistic question is common from extremist media pundits. I expect to see this on MSNBC. During the Republican debate yeasterday, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews usually report on this type of story. I think that the kind of question that is posed in this poll is indicative of the qualitity of the responses so far. This will attract the conservative bashers and people who post negative comments on the internet. I guess that today must be the end of "Be Nice on the Internet Week"...lol
wtfdrez January 18, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I think Mr. Romney has some explaining to do. Remember when President Obama had to explain to the American people why he was hanging out with terrorist and his racist Reverend back in the 2008 election?
Valentina DeMayo DaCosta January 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
That was Bush... he was also a drunk driver
Brendan Boyle January 18, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Guess they are all better than the murderer Ted Kennedy. "Remember the Chappaquiddick"
John Yannacci, Sr. January 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Driving with a dog in a kennel on your roof vs. hanging out with home grown terrorists dedicated to destroying America. There's a fair comparison.
Darcy Sordo January 18, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Ridiculous!
Robert Bracer January 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
after watching the debate the other night, I believe that President Obama has nothing to worry about. Wish the Republicans would put up a real candidate for once. Oh well ,another 4 years of Obama has to be better than the morons I saw at the debate. Hopefully Ron Paul or Donald Trump run as a third party candidate.
carol leavitt altieri January 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I'm an Independent, but am appalled by the negative treatment and bashing of Mitt Romney. I read a lot and think he is admirable, (one can't trust some TVstations) not at all as pundits are descrbibing him and he is a dedicated, honest, loyal family man. Look at how he thoughtfully and admirably enjoys his wife's company and doesn't betray her when she has a very painful and difficult MS disease. I once thught Newt was a trustworthy character but not anymore. Now I think Mitt deserves my petite contribution.
carol leavitt altieri January 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
You should look more broadly and read more deeply instead of watching so many TV programs.
John Yannacci, Sr. January 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The people who hate Romney are nothing more than religious bigots who hate Mormons.
Reader K January 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
This is one of the most untrue statements I have read. As a registered democrat, his views on taxes, the middle class, homosexuality, and medical marijuana DEEPLY trouble me.
John Yannacci, Sr. January 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Don't forget Barney Fwank whose boyfriend ran a gay brothel out of Fwank's house in Washington.
Sam, Curcuro January 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM
When I used to hunt and had dogs, I used to transport them in a dog box and used to stop often to let them do their business and give them water. They were subjected to no more stress than I was driving. When they saw the dog box on my truck they used to go bonkers trying to get in it because they knew were going on a trip.
yvonne Michaels January 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM
He needs to be nicer to animals, and pay his fair share of taxes. Looser!
Donna Kenyon January 19, 2012 at 03:17 AM
While I can't say how true this report is, and I don't much like the sound of what is being said....we need to think about the times. Kids were allowed to ride in the back of a pickup standing up!! We didn't wear seat belts. We rode our bikes without helmets...you know the rigamerol, we have heard it all before. Seriously, times have changed and what might of been acceptable in the past, may not be acceptable now. Get over it and focus on the man and his politics not what he may or may not have done 28 years ago ON THE OTHER HAND, if he put his dog on the roof of his Limo now and rode around campaigning than I would say take a picture and put it on the front page of the news and have him put in prison!!! Get real people!
wtfdrez January 19, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Yvonne, It's LOSER and before you make assumptions about any candidate, investigate! Don't believe everything you read. Seeing is believing!!!
yvonne Michaels January 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Your so right! LOSER! Thanks for pointing that out!
wtfdrez January 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM
No problem!!!
wtfdrez January 20, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Oh and by the way, It's You're so right :-)

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