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RNC Latinos Site Removes Picture Of Asian Children

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The Republican National Committee corrected an embarrassing mistake on Thursday after the children in a picture used on its RNC Latinos website turned out to not actually be Latino.

A blog post on U.S. News & World Report quickly spread after the reporter found the stock photo used in the site's header had been tagged with "asia," "asian," "japanese" and "thailand" -- but nothing to indicate that the children were Latino.

"An outside vendor developed the site and it is being corrected immediately," RNC Spokesperson Alexandra Franceschi told HuffPost in an email.

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As of 4:30 p.m. EST, the photo had been taken off the page.

The site, which is in Spanish, is part of an effort by the Republican National Committee to increase outreach to Latinos, a voter bloc the GOP normally loses to Democrats.

It's not the first time Republicans have misidentified Latinos: HuffPost discovered in April that the National Republican Congressional Committee's list of supposedly Hispanic candidates included two white women who were married to Latinos.

Former senate hopeful Sharron Angle, a Republican, made a more damning comment about Latinos and Asians during her 2010 race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), telling a Hispanic group, "some of you look a little Asian to me."

The now-corrected homepage of RNCLatinos.com:

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