5) The dog on car roof event- Mitt Romney admitted to strapping his dog on the roof of his car while taking a 12 hour drive with family to Ontario. The dog reportedly got diarrhea, which was running down the back of the car. Animal rights activists claimed the diarrhea was from being terrified. Romney and his wife, Ann, both publicly acknowledged the situation. They also proclaimed how much they loved their dog and ment no harm, and of course, how much the dog loved riding on the roof. This story was ment with severe criticism, especially by animal lovers. When asked by Diana Sawyer if they would do it again, Romney answered "Certainly not with the attention it's received." The saddest part of this story was that even though Romney admitted to it, he still never realized why it was wrong, or even acknowledged it as (or that it possibly could be) animal cruelty. He just wouldn't do it again because it was an inconvenience and got him bad press. This speaks of his character, and not positively. I'm not making a judgement on whether this constitutes animal cruelty, but I can see how it could be seen as such. It is also illegal. When you are trying to get the presidential nomination and a story like this comes up it's probably a good idea to sincerely apologize and acknowledge how it was wrong (Romney did neither).
4)His not-funny-factory-closing jokes- He thinks that closing a manufacturing plant in Michigan is a joke.He told a "hilarious" joke to votes of Wisconsin during a telephone town hall back in March. To quote Romney, "One of (the) most humorous stories, I think, relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors,"They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now, later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign," According to Romney, this is funny. Obviously he is not empathetic to the workers who lost their livelihoods. So is this the guy who should be trusted with job creation? The guy who thinks its funny when people get laid off... I guess he was trying to show how his father "created" jobs in Wisconsin- moving them from Michigan.
3)Can't remember his own position- He tried to take credit for bailing out the auto industry, when back in 2008 his position was to let them go bankrupt. Obama clearly did not follow Romney's advice, and bailed out the industry. However, that has not stopped Romney from publicly declaring that he takes credit for the bailout (which he was against). He might suffer from amnesia. This guy cannot even remember which side he was on, or the advice he gave. Side note: He has also been confused about his position on homosexual adoption.
2) War on women- His attacks on women. Romney has backed several policies to reduce women's reproductive rights and their success in the workforce. He has attacked Planned Parenthood, abortion access, birth control access, equal pay and more. When he should have been focusing on job creation, he was concerned about controlling uteruses. No wonder he can't win over women voters. Romney probably thinks that women want an old man controlling their reproductive choices.
1)Non-progressive politics?- In my view, Romney's politics are old fashioned and increasingly irrelevant. Romney is against same sex marriage (the lates poll found 54% of Americans support SSM), against reproductive rights, does not value unions, does not care about the working class, and is really only out to support big business. In April he told students at Ohio University to borrow money from their parents if they need to get themselves started-up. Oh Mitt, not everyone's parents have money to lend (like yours did). I think Romney is out of touch with the vast majority of American citizens. He dosent understand how closing a factory is not funny, and he dosent understand that not everyone comes from money. How can he help mainstream Americans if he dosen't even understand their plight and is not reflecting their values?