Bachmann concedes she misspoke on Wayne's hometown

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WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is acknowledging "misspeaking" occasionally, including wrongly claiming that actor John Wayne was from her Waterloo, Iowa hometown, but says she's "a substantive, serious person" who would be a good president.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., makes her formal announcement to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Monday, June 27, 2011, in Waterloo, Iowa.   Associated Press
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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., makes her formal announcement to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Monday, June 27, 2011, in Waterloo, Iowa.

Bachman, who announced her candidacy on Monday, flubbed her hometown history in a weekend interview in which she declared "John Wayne was from Waterloo" and "that's the kind of spirit that I have, too."

The actor was born nearly 150 miles away. It was the serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr. who lived, for a time, in Waterloo.

The GOP congresswoman told CNN on Tuesday her comments "were just misspeaking" and that her main intent was to show she identified with Wayne's patriotism.

"I wish I could be perfect," Bachmann said. "I'm a substantive, serious person" who has "good sense on how to turn the economy around" as president.

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mtxbass1
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mtxbass1 06/28/11 - 09:44 am
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Bachmann: "Well, that’s why

Bachmann: "Well, that’s why this week it’s-- it’s ironic and sad that the President released all of the oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve because the President doesn’t have an energy policy."

Another instance where she "misspoke", right?

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 06/28/11 - 09:56 am
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"Kind" of an "editorial

"Kind" of an "editorial comment" by the "reporter" to put misspeaking in "quotations"...

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 06/28/11 - 10:08 am
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@Mr. Ryan- Outstanding, Sir.

@Mr. Ryan- Outstanding, Sir. Your sense of humor rivals that of my own.

burninater
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burninater 06/28/11 - 10:12 am
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When is "misspeaking" just

When is "misspeaking" just plain making stuff up?

msgret92
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msgret92 06/28/11 - 10:27 am
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mtxbass1, Check your facts

mtxbass1, Check your facts the president only released a small part of the strategic oil reserve, not all of it.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/28/11 - 10:30 am
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@msgret92 Oh good grief...

@msgret92 Oh good grief... smh!

mtxbass1
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mtxbass1 06/28/11 - 10:39 am
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msgret92. Please read the

msgret92. Please read the exact Michelle Bachmann quote that I posted. Those are HER WORDS, not mine.

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Chillen 06/28/11 - 10:43 am
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Too bad obama didn't misspeak

Too bad obama didn't misspeak when he said that we were about to "fundamentally transform the United States of America".

Bachmann is a smart woman but she is not perfect. The fact that the media is attacking every tiny little detail is humerous. They are afraid. They should be.

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12barblues 06/28/11 - 01:26 pm
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After Bachmann's embarrassing

After Bachmann's embarrassing performance with George Stephanopoulos, she clearly needs to realize she is on the verge of setting a new record for lying, extending the truth, and misrepresenting the facts. With her radical conservative views she doesn't have a chance. The republicans would be far better served to persuade Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe to run. Both are much smarter and capable.

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