And before we go: a final slip-up from Romney

IN WHAT could be Mitt Romney's last presidential election campaign gaffe, for a brief moment on Wednesday US websites reported that a draft version of his transition website was accidentally published.

The web address featured a photograph of the Republican candidate looking into the distance below a logo of the ''Office of the President-Elect''.

''I'm excited about our prospects as a nation. My priority is putting people back to work in America,'' Mr Romney was quoted as saying on the homepage, according to screenshots captured by the Political Wire blog.

The software company that designed the site, SolutionStream, told the Huffington Post it had been turned over to Romney's campaign team and was ''all ready to go''.

''We were able to throw it together in a day and a half,'' Jason Thelin said, adding that Romney volunteers contacted his company about 10 days before the vote.

Mr Romney had been criticised for his gaffe-filled campaign, which included:

■ A secretly recorded speech in which he dismissed 47 per cent of the US population as welfare-dependent people who did not pay income tax and who would vote for Barack Obama ''no matter what''.

■ His criticism of the London 2012 Olympics, prompting British Prime Minister David Cameron to quip about Mr Romney's handling of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City: ''Of course, it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.''

■ When asked what he defined as the middle class, Mr Romney said: ''Middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.''

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