Bachmann on John Wayne gaffe: ‘People can make mistakes’

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann sort of admitted on CNN this morning that she misspoke Monday when she seemed to mistake actor John Wayne for serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

“People can make mistakes and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can’t,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “American Morning.” “But one thing people know about me is that I’m a substantive, serious person and I have a strong background.”

Specifically, on the confusion over the John Waynes, she said:

“John Wayne’s parents’ first home was in Waterloo, Iowa, and he was from Iowa and of course the main point I was making are the sensibilities of John Wayne, which is patriotism, love of country, standing up for our nation, that positive enthusiasm is what America’s all about. And that’s of course my main point.”

When asked if it is harder to prove herself because of her gender, the three-term representative said “people just need to know what a person’s background is.”

“I’m introducing myself now to the American people so that they can know that I have a strong academic scholarly background, more important I have a real life background.” 

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by will lynott on 06/28/2011 - 12:12 pm.

    Yes, people can make mistakes, all right, but she’s in a class by herself.

  2. Submitted by scott cantor on 06/28/2011 - 02:25 pm.

    Here’s one thing I know: truly substantive, serious people with strong backgrounds do not go around saying, “I’m a substantive, serious person and I have a strong background.”

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 06/28/2011 - 09:28 pm.

    But she’s really good at tap dancing.

  4. Submitted by C.S. Senne on 06/29/2011 - 03:14 pm.

    Don’t forget she’s on the House Intelligence Committee…really…and she has lots ‘n lots ‘n lotsa kids…and she wants her country back now!

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