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Political Gaffes

By Lauren Vicary - 2012-09-20T17:59:04Z

Photograph by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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I Have a Scream

Howard Dean was enjoying a rise to prominence in the Democratic Party in 2003, partly from his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq. Yet Dean was perhaps too outspoken when he let loose a primal scream in January 2004 after finishing third in the Iowa caucuses. The frat-house artifact, complete with fist pump, was meant to rally supporters but spawned a series of jokes, parodies and remixes. Leno: "It's always a bad sign when at the end of your speech your aide is shooting you with a tranquilizer gun." Dean has since said he lost the nomination because he finished third in Iowa, not because he screamed there.

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