GOP Hopeful Rick Santorum Looks Past 'Google Problem'07:50
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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the 41st Annual National Right to Life Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the 41st Annual National Right to Life Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP)

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has had a few obstacles of late-- this week he was criticized for signing a religious group's pledge to keep marriage between a man and a women; the pledge also claimed that while slavery was bad, at least black families were more stable then — a section that has since been removed.

Santorum has also been dealing with a "Google problem." Mainly that when you search Santorum's name online, the top result is not his campaign website, but rather a website that redefines Santorum's name as something related to a sex act.

The website was set up by sex columnist and gay rights activist, Dan Savage, out of protest over anti-gay comments Santorum made years back, when he was a Senator from Pennsylvania.

Slate.com's Chris Wilson told Here & Now's Robin Young that the website Dan Savage created is an example of a Google bomb, or a deliberate attempt to manipulate Google's search engine as a prank.  Though Google has put a stop to other Google bombs in the past, Dan Savage's website has proved a challenge, because it has morphed into a larger political protest.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum has downplayed Savage's page, but it still turns up at the top of Google searches.

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This segment aired on July 15, 2011.

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