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White House hopeful Bachmann in serial killer miscue

http://beta.news.yahoo.com/white-house-hopeful-bachmann-serial-killer-miscue-215416599.html

Republican Representative Michele Bachmann surely meant to invoke iconic Hollywood star John Wayne as she launched her White House bid Monday -- not "Killer Clown" serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Speaking to Fox News Channel from this heartland town, where she was born, Bachmann said that "what I want them (voters) to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too."

But the late leading man -- known for Westerns like "Stagecoach," "The Searchers," and "True Grit," as well as his support of conservative political causes -- was born in Winterset, Iowa, a few hours' drive from Waterloo.

And, as the Washington Times newspaper first reported, Waterloo's own John Wayne was Gacy, who got his criminal start in the Iowa town before moving to Chicago, where he committed the more than 30 murders of which he was convicted.

It was the latest in a series of miscues that have tarnished Bachmann's image, making Republican insiders skeptical of the prodigious fundraiser and archconservative "Tea Party" movement darling's chances at the White House.

During a March visit to New Hampshire, home to a critical first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Bachmann incorrectly said the opening shots of the American Revolution were fired there instead of in nearby Massachusetts.

In November, she denounced President Barack Obama for "taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day" -- a figure quickly dismissed by the White House as having "no basis in reality."

The independent factcheck.org site also treated the claim skeptically, noting that the entire Afghanistan war costs the Pentagon about $190 million per day.

In April 2009, Bachmann dismissed warnings about climate change, scorning scientists' warnings about heat-trapping greenhouse gases by saying carbon dioxide is "harmless."

"Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas," she said in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.

In October 2008, Bachmann called during an appearance on MSNBC television for a media investigation into whether Democrats have "anti-America" views.

"I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America or anti-America? I would love to see an expose like that," she said.
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1530342 tn?1405016490
Really?! Why don't they research before quoting or referring? It's not that hard!!
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535822 tn?1443976780
yup you are right like  the President  forgetting the soldier KIA .and saying he was still alive....some surprise for his parents ...it wasn't any soldier to one he awarded it to posthumously ...I agree with you 'Why don't they research before quoting or referring' Its not that Hard '  
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1530342 tn?1405016490
@ margypops YES both side are guilty as sin of this!!!
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377493 tn?1356502149
Well, I think all the politicians that make a guff should just do as Sara Palin did.  Go to Wikipedia and just try to change the definition/facts.  Simple..problem solved.  

Seriously, it is funny when any of them make a mistake.  But they are human...we've all done it.  Fortunately for me there aren't camera's following me around excited to point them out.  There will be a lot of this sort of thing coming I would imagine.
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Come on.... I'm not a fan of Bachman and she'd never get a vote from me if she were the only person running.  But honestly, our standing President is full of gaffes and you aren't mentioning them in the same light.... why?  Is it just because you support the standing president, or is it that you cannot stand right wingers?

"We've been to 57 states....."  "when a little kid has asthma, he can go to the hospital and get a breathalyzer"  (breathalyzers are for detecting alcohol, inhalers are for asthma)  The guy has a bit of a time without the teleprompter....

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ROFL, reminds me of someone else. I wont mention any names.
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1530342 tn?1405016490
@ Brice trust me, I'm not one sided. I always look at both sides. Yes I may be a lil more lenient because I am a supporter of our current president....Believe me I'm searching for his gaffs so I can see for myself...
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Oh you guys are cracking me up. I think I will take a break from politics.
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