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Pawlenty to Obama: Leave Ann Romney’s Therapy Horse Alone

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Tim Pawlenty thinks the Obama campaign’s mocking ads featuring the Romneys’ expensive sport-horse is a bridge too far.

Though Pawlenty said in an interview with ABC News’s Jon Karl that he hadn’t seen the ad, he interpreted it as a swipe at Romney’s wife, Ann, who has said she used horse-riding to cope with her illness.

“Well, I haven’t seen the ad, but shame on them, really,” Pawlenty said. “I mean, this is something that she does as a hobby to help her condition as a therapy for having MS, and it gives her great relief and great joy. And I think by her own account and the account of her medical professionals, it helps her. That’s something she shared with others as a sport or hobby or therapy who are facing life challenges or disabilities, and to make light of that or to criticize that, I think, is really, really low. I wish they wouldn’t do that.”

In a statement, Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, which made the ads, said: “What Governor Pawlenty is alleging is inaccurate and distracts from the main point. One of Mitt Romney’s hobbies and investments is his dressage horse. And, like his horse, Mitt Romney continues to dance around the issues, from answering why he’s invested in known foreign tax havens or trying to rewrite his position on letting Detroit go bankrupt.”

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Dems Hit Romney for ‘Dancing Horse’ Rafalca

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- For the second time in the 2012 campaign, Democrats are attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with mocking references to one of his family pets.

A new web video by the Democratic National Committee slams Romney for “dancing around the issues” while featuring footage of his Olympics-bound “dancing horse” Rafalca.

The horse is co-owned by Ann Romney and trainer Jan Ebeling. It will compete at the London Games later this month as part of the U.S. Dressage Team.

The video is the “first in a series of digital products highlighting Rafalca,” the DNC said.

Mrs. Romney has been actively involved in the world of dressage, sometimes known as “horse ballet,” and credits horseback riding for almost eliminating her symptoms from multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998.

Earlier this year, Democrats jabbed Romney for what they portrayed as mistreatment of his family dog, Seamus, which was infamously put in a kennel strapped to the roof of a car on a road trip from Boston to Canada decades ago.

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