Bachmann's John Wayne slip
June 27th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
8 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. I'm a GOP Hostage and so are you

    Send them ALL home. Every single Republican must go in 2012. For destroying our country (2001-2007), for trying to destroy our country's president (2009-today), for trying to prevent the economy from recovering (2009-today), and for trying to destroy our future by eliminating Medicare and Social Security (Ryan Plan).

    3 strikes and you're out, traitors.

    June 27, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Gpgreen13

    Wasn't it our "brilliant" leader who said there were 57 states?

    The hypocracy of the left is only exceeded by their memory loss.

    June 27, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. StormeeATL

    Sorry Tim, we like to ridicule Palin and Bauchmann because we disagree with their policies and think they will be bad for this country. There has been plenty of ridicule for Gingrich, Santorum, Caine and others as well, whether it be for a gaffe that makes them seem stupid, or just not agreeing with their policy stances. But I forget, every time this happens it's the "left wing media" perception, not what actually happened. Nice try dummy, get your brown shirt back on, poor a nice glass of koolaide and wait for the Glenn Beck show

    June 27, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. rep

    LOL. She's hilarious. Not as funny as Palin yet, but she's getting there!

    June 27, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. David

    This is a non-issue. People jump on this because they can't debate the issues. And don't forget, it's not she who said there are 57 states and mispronouced "corpsmen." Come on – Obama's multiple "corpsmen" speech takes the cake! Ha.

    June 27, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. MJ

    Facts-smacts.....It sounds good, lets run with it! No one will ever find out! The mind of a Republican.................

    June 27, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Dave

    Michele Bachmann is running for President because she talked to God about it and he said OK. I get very nervous when someone says they discussed an important question with God and he told them what to do. It makes me think they are delusional. Michele Bachmann wants to teach Creationism in public schools, she believes the Earth is 6000-10000 years old, no such thing as Evolution, and Global Warming is a hoax. She will set this country back 300 years in basic science. She will be a disaster.

    June 27, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Pondy

    I think we're going to be in for a 'One a Day' experience until the convention.

    As a Democrat, it just doesn't get any better than this, lol.

    Thank you for running, Michele 🙂

    June 27, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Pondy

    I think we're going to be in for a 'One a Day' experience until the convention.

    As a Democrat, it just doesn't get any better than this, lol.

    Thank you for running, Michele

    June 27, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Jon Samuel

    Mixing up two Iowa cities that start with W doesn't even qualify as a "gaffe". Now describing the US as having 57 states is unforgivable. That gaffe alone should have disqualified Obama from the presidency

    June 27, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. KC

    Now, instead of making Reagan their hero, they'll start using John Wyne. Both were very limited in their acting ability and one was very limited as a politician. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Continue to aim high, Michele! Only shallow fools will fall for such idiocy.

    June 27, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Name

    Sad! Seems like she needs someone to coach her on what to say!

    June 27, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. BENJI

    i wonder if she is going to explain to black Americans how the founding fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery in order to win their votes? Things are looking better and better for my man Obama in 2012!!!

    June 27, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Squealy

    I'm the biggest lib, but this is kind of a non-story in my opinion.

    June 27, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Indiana Voter

    Obama made more gaffes than her and he still got elected. This is what happens when the press is out to catch people they dislike in gaffes to try and discredit them. Obama had the media behind him, so it wasn't as big a deal when he made his gaffes, such as him saying he thought there were 58 states.

    June 27, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Jon Samuel

    ... and it turns out John Wayne's parents lived in Waterloo, Iowa. So file this "gaffe" in the who-care's department.

    June 27, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Chicago guy

    Uhm...this is a bigger deal than Obama's comment about the 57 states? Really? Politicians make mistakes. Get over it.

    June 27, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. barbequebob

    A Serial Killer and Rapist is the perfect Republican.

    and even if she had gotten it right about the actor John Wayne, he was a phony tough guy. He only played tough guy in the movies and let others do the real fighting in WW2. Just like today's republicans a real chickenhawk.

    June 27, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. caeser

    Now...Don't she look Presidential.

    June 27, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    the next in an endless parade of verbal gaffes by this imbecile. Boy do I hope she gets the nomination

    June 27, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. RCK

    The fundamental issue relevant to any candidate for high office is not "did you make a mistake?" – we all do.
    It is: do you have the integrity to admit it, correct yourself and then move on.
    Sadly, to my knowledge, Bachmann, fails to admit mistakes, learn from them and move on.

    June 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Chris Bourne

    What a freaking MoRoN!!!! She has to be related to Palin somehow!!!!

    June 27, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Papasan

    No Duke for you Bachmann!

    June 27, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. duke13

    John McCain could have blamed all his mistakes on age. What can Michele blame her's on other than stupidity? Michele is right up there with George W.

    June 27, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. NVa Native

    Just another example of how the right-wing nutt-bags hate the truth, facts, history, and science. They will say any silly thing that pops into their feable brains – no matter how little the have to work with – brains that is.

    June 27, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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