Bachmann's John Wayne slip
June 27th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann's John Wayne slip

(CNN) - On the eve of her official presidential announcement, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann incorrectly identified movie star John Wayne's origins in an attempt to draw a parallel between her and the American icon.

"I want them to know just like John Wayne is from Waterloo Iowa, that's the spirit I have too," Bachmann said Sunday on Fox News. "It's embracing America. It's sacrificing for America."

John Wayne the movie star was born in Winterset, Iowa, which is approximately three hours Southwest of Waterloo, Iowa, Bachmann's native city and the site of her presidential announcement Monday. But according to the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the actor's parents did live in the city at one point.

However, it was a different John Wayne that caused the misstep to go viral on the internet.

Serial killer John Wayne Gacy was born in Chicago, Illinois and later lived and worked in Waterloo where he was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to prison. Gacy, known as "the clown killer" was found guilty of 33 murders in the Chicago area in 1980 and died by lethal injection in 1994.

Bachman's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Roscoe

    I can see the similarities between Bachman and John Wayne Gacy....but not the Duke. Aside from being a draft dodger (I think he taught Cheney and Ted Nugent), nothing about John Wayne reminds me of Bachman. The Duke loved America while Bachman wants to destroy it.

    June 27, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Maybe Michele Bachmann has more in common with JOHN WAYNE Gacy than we want to know, LOL. This is just one more lie from this fruitcake, although she will say she "mis-spoke", a lie is a lie, call it what it is! This woman is a true idiot.

    June 27, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. realitybites1

    John Wayne, John Wayne Gacy, the similiarities are endless, I can see how someone might be confused! Let's get a life, who cares about where the Johns were born or lived. Look out -Bachmann OVERDRIVE

    June 27, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Boytjie

    To be blamed on the lamestream media as a gotcha moment again.

    June 27, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Tim

    Your new Bachmann obsession is sick. So, John Wayne was born 3 hours away from Waterloo. Big deal. Why would she need to comment about such a non-issue? You, liberals are disgusting. For being the rabid supporters of women's rights, you sure like to ridicule Palin, Bachmann and any other conservative women. Hypocrites!

    June 27, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Jake

    she makes it too easy!

    June 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Upperhand9978

    So the real question is how long it takes this tea bagger to commit career suicide with her air-headed and ignorant comments, something to be expected from a mental midget.

    June 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. DIANA

    Michele, before you run for President, please go back to school and learn geography, science, and history. Basic stuff. OR maybe she was comparing herself to Gacy – they both like to act like clowns.

    June 27, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. blip

    Well, she DOES look a lot like Marilyn Manson.

    June 27, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Em in Minnesota

    She has a BAD habit of not checking her facts before opening her mouth. Hopefully that is one of the things that will eventually do her in.

    June 27, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. 21k

    so we can make jokes about how she wants to be like john wayne gacy. the real issue is how big of an idiot she is, and that she is accepted by the gop. what a bunch of fools.

    June 27, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    What a dunce this sorry excuse for a woman is.

    June 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Joe, San Diego

    Read from a teleprompter next time...
    Basic Speech 101 have your notes available, why make error after error and then expect to be the President of the USA foolish woman Bush all over again.

    June 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Mindie from India

    Good Gawd – she can't even pander correctly. Yea this is great Presidential material.

    June 27, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Wallace was right and need not to have apologized. Bachmann is a FLAKE, so many verbal faux pas.

    June 27, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. 16halo

    Oh dear! Oops she did it again.

    June 27, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. gaucho402

    Who cares...did anyone expect a GOP member to get a fact actually correct?

    June 27, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. thomas

    "the clown killer"
    Bachman's campaign will defeat the non teabag clowns and restore this country back to a time of greatness !
    Bring in the Clowns !
    Bachman / Perry 2012

    June 27, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When you don't know who you are or what you stand for it's easy to identify with another person you don't know. I remeber when Palin was addressing a college in California and tried to compare herself to Reagan by naming the college he attended in California which doesn't exist. Bachmann has a good education and doesn't need to drop to the level of stupidity just like Palin.

    June 27, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. bcnu_too

    What a dummy. Can you imagine her making so many mistakes when she is trying to prove she is presidential material. She is clown material.

    June 27, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Sir Craig

    Brilliant, Michele. Another fact flubbed. This is what we would have to look forward to in a Bachmann administration (you can't call it a "presidency" because it would look more like a sideshow).

    June 27, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    Just the first of many "missteps" by this flake.

    June 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. vet in texas

    all salute, the victim flag for what I say and what I meant will begin to raise. I can't wait for the video of her hiding in the bushes comes out and is talked about, it will be the media's, no the land scapers fault the bushes weren't high enough to hide her.

    how anyone can claim she would be better than Obama, and not being able to say how W was as a president amazes me.

    June 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. V in Chicago

    Clueless on all matters. This woman can't seem to get anything right. I pray to God she does not get anywhere near the WhiteHouse, other than as a guest. . . You thought Sarah was bad (and she is), this one makes her look lame.

    June 27, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. The Situation

    What do you except from this bozo. All she needs is the red hair, floppy shoes and the red nose. Fool!

    June 27, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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