Republican nominations have apparently taken a step down since Nixon, as indicated by Willard “Mitt” Romney’s behavior as of late. His refusal to release his tax forms on grounds of precedent–a word he clearly does not understand–is a stark contrast to Nixon’s openness about his financial records, as indicated by his famous “Checkers” speech.
He thoroughly defended himself against taking illegal gifts or money, except a cocker spaniel that he refused to return, saying,
One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don’t they’ll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something—a gift—after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was?
It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he’d sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl—Tricia, the 6-year-old—named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.
What does this say in contrast with Mitt’s pet dog Seamus, who cruelly was kept on the roof of their family car for a 12 hour road trip, or Ann Romney’s birthday fundraiser by someone who once took part in skinning a dog and putting it on a spit before roasting it in a city park?
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