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Political Gaffes

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

Photograph by Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

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And Then There Was Jefferson's Moon Landing

At a campaign event in Iowa last year, Michele Bachmann credited the Founding Fathers with ending slavery. "Men like John Quincy Adams ... would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country," she said, even though most of the Fathers owned slaves themselves. Plus, they had been dead for a while by the time slavery was finally abolished in 1865. ABC's George Stephanopoulos pressed Bachmann on the statement months later, observing that "the website Politifact has found that you have the worst record of making false statements of any of the leading contenders." She stood by her statement.