POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 8:44am
CLEVELAND — In the future, the Democratic National Committee will longer use the Romney's Olympic-bound dressage horse to portray Mitt Romney as "dancing around the issues" because it could be seen as offensive to the GOP candidate's wife Ann.
Nearly 17 hours after they promoted a video linking the GOP presidential candidate's unwillingness to release years of tax returns to Rafalca, the dancing show horse co-owned by Mrs. Romney attending this summer's London Olympics, Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said the DNC will no longer "invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation."
"Our use of the Romneys' dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did," Woodhouse wrote in an e-mailed statement. "We were simply making a point about Governor Romney's failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race."
By the end of the day Wednesday the DNC released two videos invoking Rafalca, one of the horses Mrs. Romney rides as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis. One video highlighted Romney's tax returns (link: http://youtu.be/3API5MnicU4 ) and the other one focused on the auto bailout (link: http://youtu.be/MQiGfX6JS7g ).
Mrs. Romney responded to the videos in a recent interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" which is set to air Thursday morning.
"It makes me laugh," Mrs. Romney said. "It's like 'Really?' You know, there's so many people out of work right now, and there's this guy right here that has the answers for fixing the economy, and all these attacks are going to be - they're going to try everything. They're going to throw spaghetti at the wall."
Woodhouse said the DNC has no plans to pull the two existing videos, so both will remain online. Other videos in the "series of digital products highlighting Rafalca" will not be released.
ABC News first reported the DNC's decision to stop using the Romney horse in videos.
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By Shawna Shepherd