(LOS ANGELES TIMES) OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Nothing livens up a long road trip like a wisecrack about Seamus the dog.

Inspired perhaps by his eight hours of driving the Iowa countryside this week, President Obama managed to work Seamus into a discussion of wind energy tax credits here on Tuesday.

Seamus, of course, was Ann and Mitt Romney’s family dog, the one they claim used to love being strapped in his carrier to the top of the car during vacation travel.

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