What, no spellcheck? Romney app misspells 'America'
The "With Mitt" application for the iPhone allows users to express support for the recently anointed Republican flagbearer by personalizing a photo with an overlaid Romney slogan. Trouble is, one of the slogans had a howler of a spelling mistake: "A Better Amercia."
Members of the proofreading public recently made the discovery and it went viral on Twitter late Tuesday, with people mockingly tweeting photos showing the "Amercia" message.
"Some poor app designer is getting strapped in a cage on the top of a car and driven across country tonight. #amercia," one user tweeted, in a reference to Romney's hard-to-live-down decision years ago to strap the family dog in its carrier on the roof of the car during a vacation.
Early on Wednesday, the app, promoted by official campaign website mittromney.com, had yet to be corrected, and new downloads contained the spelling error.
"Mistakes happen," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said on MSNBC.
"I don't think any voter cares about a typo at the end of the day," she said, adding that an update had been sent to Apple.
Hours later, the company's app store was offering an updated version with the embarrassing mistake corrected.
The "With Mitt" download page offered version 1.0.1 which it said makes "bug fixes" to the app, but the change of note was the removal of the offending phrase.
The 2012 campaign has had its share of spelling gaffes.
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman's presidential bid got off to a rocky start when his team handed out press passes at the inaugural campaign event for "John Huntsman," unnecessarily inserting an H into his first name.
And in March, red-faced aides to former senator Rick Santorum were forced to resend a corrected public schedule to reporters after they inadvertently mailed out "Santorum's Pubic Schedule."
(c) 2012 AFP