Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 09:51:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2014 04:09:15 AM CDT

Take a look back at the many meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments of politicians through history.

Christine ODonnell 2010
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After scoring an upset in the Delaware Senate Republican primary this year, Christine O'Donnell sparred during a debate with Democratic opponent Chris Coons over the First Amendment, saying the separation of church and state isn't in the amendment. Her campaign later clarified that she was trying to make the point that the words "separation of church and state" don't appear in the document. O'Donnell lost the general election.

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