Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gas Mileage Ad Features "Seamus"

From Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's former dog makes a cameo appearance in a TV advertisement supporting the Obama administration's proposed regulations for fuel efficiency. In the ad, paid for by an environmental advocacy group, an Irish Setter becomes increasingly alarmed as he listens to news that forthcoming gas mileage standards will mean fewer stops for gas. At the same time, the dog's owner is rounding up the kids for a long drive, telling them to be sure to go to the bathroom because the family will only stop when it needs gas. The dog is horrified to see his crate fastened to the roof of the family station wagon. 

The scene is an allusion to the Romneys' 1983 trip to Canada, during which Seamus, the family's Irish Setter, rode in a crate on top of the car for the 12-hour drive. The family told the Boston Globe in 2007 that Mitt Romney had planned only to stop for gas, but when Seamus suffered a bout of diarrhea that streamed down the car windows, Romney had to pull over to hose off the car and dog. Then he kept driving.


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