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Romney Mocks Trump VP Candidate

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has dismissed parallels drawn between past controversies involving family dogs that affected both his and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s (R) political careers.

In Romney’s 2012 presidential run, he was haunted by a story from the 1980s about him transporting his dog Seamus on the roof of his car during a family vacation, which turned into a persistent issue during his campaign.

Fast forward to over a decade later, Governor Noem is encountering a similar uproar that might impact her potential selection as former President Trump’s vice-presidential candidate for 2024. However, Romney has made it clear he sees no similarity between the two incidents.

“I didn’t eat my dog. I didn’t shoot my dog,” Romney stated in a Tuesday interview with HuffPost. “I loved my dog, and my dog loved me.”

Romney, during his campaign, had defended his decision to secure his dog’s kennel on top of his car for a 12-hour journey to Canada in 1983, despite the dog experiencing health issues.

“This is a completely airtight kennel and mounted on the top of our car,” Romney explained to Fox News. “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.”

“My guess is he liked it a lot better in his kennel than he would have liked it inside,” Romney added.

Meanwhile, Noem has faced intense scrutiny and ridicule following revelations in her upcoming book about an incident roughly 20 years ago, where she shot and killed her 14-month-old German wirehaired pointer named Cricket due to poor behavior and inadequate hunting skills.

The controversy has prompted Democratic governors to mock the South Dakota governor on social media, with posts showing them with their dogs and captions that read: “Post a picture with your dog that doesn’t involve shooting them and throwing them in a gravel pit.”

Noem responded to the backlash in a social media post on Sunday, framing the story as a testament to her authenticity and decisiveness.

The episode has led some to speculate that it may have damaged her chances of being selected as Trump’s vice-presidential candidate. Noem, who was re-elected as governor in 2022 and had previously served as a congresswoman, had been seen as a leading candidate to join Trump’s 2024 ticket.

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