'Better Amercia?' Romney iPhone app misspells America

Jun 01, 2012, 06:04 IST | Agencies

The Republican presidential candidate was left red-faced when a mobile phone application released by him wrongly spelt the country's name

He’s finally been confirmed as the Republican candidate for the US Presidency, but the Grand Old Party may be doubting its choice yesterday after revelations that Mitt Romney — or at least his campaign team — can’t actually spell ‘America’.

Campaign’s bad spell: Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Somers Furniture. (inset) America is misspelled on Mitt Romney's new iPhone app. Pics/AFP

The embarrassing blunder sees the country restyled as ‘Amercia’, and features in the Romney campaign’s new ‘With Mitt’ iPhone app. Launched yesterday, the app was meant to let users take photographs and superimpose the slogan ‘a better America,’ on them.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the prospective president is taking his fair share of Internet mockery over the error. One user of micro-blogging website Twitter, joked: “Whew, I hear Mitt’s updating that misspelled Amercia on his app. He’s just going with Untied States now.”

“Does Mitt Romney believe that Obama was born in Keyna?” wondered another. “We thought this would be a fun, easy way to showcase support,” said Romney’s digital director Zac Moffatt when the app launched.

Alas for Romney, online ridicule probably wasn’t the kind of fun he was aiming for. “Mistakes happen,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

“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 and was awaiting final approval — and presumably one last spellcheck. 

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