Presidential Candidates' Pets

Sen. John McCain says he has a total of 22 furry, feathered and fishy friends.

Posted: May 21, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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Senator John McCain
Sen. John McCain takes the lead of presidential candidates with the most pets, coming in with a total of 22 pets.
If U.S. presidential candidates were elected based on how many pets they have, then Arizona Sen. John McCain would win the 2008 election.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press (AP), McCain said that he has 22 pets at home: two dogs, one cat, 13 saltwater fish, three parakeets, two turtles and a ferret.

The AP queried the current crop of 2008 presidential candidates about how many pets live in their homes, and McCain had far more than any other candidate.

The presidential candidate with the second-highest number of pets was Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. Brownback said he has five pets in his home: two dogs, two cats and a fish.

Other presidential candidates’ pets are:

  • Delaware Sen. Joe Biden (Democrat): one cat

  • Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (Republican): two dogs, two cats and a fish

  • New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democrat): Seamus, a Labrador Retriever

  • Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (Democrat): None because of his family’s allergies, but he said he would like a dog

  • Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (Democrat): two dogs, a Golden Retriever and Chocolate Labrador

  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Republican): none

  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Republican): Jet, a 9-year-old black Labrador Retriever and Sonic, a 1-and-a-half-year-old Shih Tzu

  • California Rep. Duncan Hunter (Republican): two black Labrador Retrievers named Boo and Hunter

  • Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Democrat): Harry the Beagle-Basset, Lucie the Beagle and George the Cocker Spaniel, all of whom were rescued from animal shelters

  • Arizona Sen. John McCain (Republican): Sam the English Springer Spaniel, Coco the mutt, turtles Cuff and Link, Oreo the black-and-white cat, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish

  • Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (Democrat): none

  • New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (Democrat): two cats, Jake and Squeaky

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (Republican): family recently lost Marley, a Weimaraner

  • Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo (Republican): none
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Sam    PDR, CA

7/21/2008 9:46:14 AM

Never trust a person who doesn't have a pet, especially Barrack (Barry) Husein Obama!

Katy    Lexington, KY

2/11/2008 9:21:07 AM

I'm probably leaning toward Obama, but I'd have trouble voting for anyone who doesn't own a pet. Not owning a pet makes one seem cold and impersonal to me.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

5/22/2007 1:30:58 AM

Yean, McCain!!

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

5/21/2007 10:55:27 PM

I am suspect of folks with No pets, Unles they are allergic.

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