WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A slew of photos of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney show up in Google Images when looking up the search phrase “completely wrong.”
Though Google has, in the past, been accused of trying to further a liberal agenda, most of the images show up in the search in relation to articles discussing a recent comment made by Romney.
While talking about what are now infamously known as his “47 percent” comments, Romney admitted that he was “completely wrong” in saying that.
In an interview last Thursday with Fox News, Romney was asked what he would have said had the “47 percent” comments come up during his debate in Denver on Wednesday night with President Barack Obama.
“Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come out right,” Romney said. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”
He added, “And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent.”
The original remarks, secretly recorded during a fundraiser in May and posted online in September by Mother Jones, sparked intense criticism of Romney and provided fodder to those who portray him as an out-of-touch millionaire oblivious to the lives of average Americans. The remarks became a staple of Obama campaign criticism.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney was quoted as saying in the video. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
“Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax,” Romney also said, adding that his role “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Romney later told reporters at a news conference called to address the remarks that his words were not “elegantly stated,” and that he was speaking “off the cuff.”
After six pages of results almost solely showing Romney, the pictures of the GOP nominee begin to dissipate, and are replaced by images such as Jessica Alba in “Fantastic Four” and Alan Rickman in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”
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