Vote your horse

Which presidential candidate is better for horses?

Both candidates co-sponsored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.  Whether or not the Act is good for horses depends on your view.

Time magazine quotes Obama on January 16, 2008 on what he thinks about “animal rights”: “I think how we treat our animals reflects how we treat each other,” he said. “And it’s very important that we have a president who is mindful of the cruelty that is perpetrated on animals.”

Obama supported an anti-horse-slaughter bill when he was in the Illinois state Senate.

The “horse race” for the presidency has been full of horse metaphors.  Sarah Palin was dubbed a “dark horse candidate” by the Washington Post.  The Post also labelled McCain the “high horse” candidate.  Michael Savage endorsed McCain, affectionately calling him an “old war horse.”

One blogger said McCain’s brother Joe was a “horse’s ass” for making the “911″ call while he was stuck in traffic. 

McCain may have said “horseshi*t” during a televised debate.

Joe Biden mixed metaphors, including a horse-related one, when talking to a crowd on the campaign trail about John McCain’s “conversion” on the issue of regulation, according to  “So let’s take a look at John’s conversion here,” Biden later added, “Something happened on the road to Damascus, John fell off his horse but he got back up on the same horse.”  Biden also said “We got to change horses, folks.”  

In a Reader’s Digest interview, Cindy McCain was asked about her husband’s health and said, “He’s as healthy as a horse and as young as one too…”

Cindy McCain seems to be the only equestrian in the crowd.  In a profile of Cindy McCain, Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, is quoted as saying she “got to know McCain when their husbands were rivals during the primary campaign. She says McCain’s public image is misleading. She notes that McCain, like her, is an equestrian: ‘Girls that can get on a horse and gallop — you have to be gutsy.'”

One Obama supporter has been canvassing for the candidate on horseback.


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