Bachmann Kicks off Campaign, Confuses Actor With Serial Killer

Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann’s latest gaffe came on day one of her campaign.

Michele Bachmann began her campaign for the presidential bid Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born and spent the first few years of her life.

During her campaign rally and some interviews, Bachmann talked about her love of small government, the Tea Party, Christianity and about how God may have made her sense that she should walk for at least four years in William Taft’s shoes, according to Slate.

Also, she had another gaffe, initially popularized by those gotcha journalists over at The Washington Times. Bachmann may have gotten famous actor John Wayne confused with John Wayne Gacy, Jr., a man who was famous for dressing like a clown and raping and murdering teenage boys. Gacy was the subject of a Sufjan Stevens song, as well.

“Well, what I want them to know is just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that’s the kind of spirit I have too,” the Minnesota congresswoman told a reporter from Fox News.

Wayne is originally from Iowa, but was born in Winterset, a town about three hours from Waterloo. Gacy is from Chicago, but moved to Waterloo with his family for a brief time. While there, he managed a few KFCs and was jailed for sodomy. Upon release, he went back to Chicago, where his stint as a serial killer began.

Bachmann’s campaign explained that, “John Wayne is from Iowa, his parents lived in Waterloo.” Wayne, however, never lived there. His parents moved before the manliest actor of all time was born.

Jon Karl of ABC News is probably feeling pretty vindicated now, after facing a ton of heat yesterday for asking Bachmann if she considered herself a flake.

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