Romney Tour Heads to Hillsborough

Mitt Romney's tour of "Amercia" hits the Bay Area, where his misspelling iPhone app is making the news.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, May 30, 2012  |  Updated 3:20 PM PDT
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Romney Tour Heads to Hillsborough

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets a supporter during a Memorial Day Tribute at Veterans Museum & Memorial Center on May 28 in San Diego, Calif. He's in Hillsborough Wednesday, May 30, for a fundraiser.

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Cue the "can't he afford a spellchecker?" quips.

Fresh from securing the Republican nomination for president, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in the Bay Area today for an exclusive, $50,000-per-person fundraiser -- and his campaign is back in the news for all the wrong reasons, after it released an app in which "America" was spelled "Amercia," according to reports.

The gaffe is likely to be seized upon in the same way a strategist's remark that the primary season can be washed away "like an Etch-a-Sketch" put Romney's effort to succeed Barack Obama as chief executive in a bad light, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Romney's fundraiser today in Hillsborough is at a tony 65,000-square foot mansion alternately described as a "chateau" or an "estate." Either way, the Carolands Chateau not likely the stomping grounds for most of us.

Or if it is, maybe it's the place to be for some of the same faces that populated Obama's $38,500-a-head fundraisers in San Francisco. If not, they're in the same tax bracket, at least.

The iPhone "With Mitt" app appears to do little else than provide one's iPhone with some snazzy Mitt Romney art, including the one where America is regrettable spelled "Amercia," as in "A Better Amercia." Was it outsourced, or merely fumbled in-house by Americans doing a poor job?

Romney's co-host for the fundraiser is Meg Whitman. The former Republican gubernatorial candidate once promised to create 2 million jobs in California, but is in the news herself of late: the Hewlett-Packard CEO announced plans to slice 27,000 jobs from her company -- a move with which Romney appeared to sympathize.

"I wish California had elected Meg Whitman," he told the National Review. "She would have been more successful and explained to Californians the need to cut back on spending and eliminate unnecessary programs."

But not the need to cut back on one's society life, it appears. See you in the cheap seats.

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