Ann Romney is ready to set the record straight about the whole "dog strapped to the roof of the car" business. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Ann recalled that Seamus the Irish Setter "loved" riding in a carrier on top of the family's Chevrolet. In fact, it would have been far crueler to leave him at a kennel.

The dog loved it. He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.

Well, given that Seamus is long dead and was incapable of speech even in life, we'll have to take Ann Romney's word for it. She also touched on the story of the 1983 diarrhea incident, which she blamed on turkey.

"I mean, he got the runs," Ann said, recalling the trip during which Seamus crapped in his crate and all over the windshield. It wasn't animal cruelty: it was the consequences of a dog eating people food.

Ann Romney actually spoke about this before — in a 2007 blog post written back when Mitt was first trying to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. She explained that Seamus rode in an enclosed kennel and not in the open air. As far as she's concerned, it was as innocuous as a person riding a roller coaster or a motorcycle. Except, you know, while shitting in a crate.

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