If Mitt Romney really wanted his "dog-on-the-roof" controversy to die, he should probably try and get Ann on board. In his interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Mitt makes it very clear that the Seamus attacks have been some of the most damaging on the campaign so far. Per ABC's transcript:
DIANE SAWYER: As we move away from this primary campaign into the next phase -- again, on Yahoo, we got two questions most often, first about Seamus -- which as you know is out there forever -- would you do it again?
MITT ROMNEY: Certainly not with the attention it's received.
So that isn't exactly the best answer, since it seems like he'd be doing it again if there weren't any attention paid. But hey, we're sort of sick of the Seanus talk and we'll run with it. Unfortunately ... well, Ann take it away:
DIANE SAWYER: You said it was the most wounding thing in the campaign --
ANN ROMNEY: It's crazy.
DIANE SAWYER: -- so far.
ANN ROMNEY: The dog loved it. The dog was, like --
DIANE SAWYER: But the dog got sick, right?
ANN ROMNEY: Once, he -- we traveled all the time and he -- he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs. But -- 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 t -- in -- in -- in a kennel for two weeks, so.
As delighted as we are to know Ann's euphemism of choice for canine diarrhea, the Romney campaign could have probably done without her definition "kindness".
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