Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 09:51:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2016 09:00:13 AM CDT

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

 Mark Sanford
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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was a rising star in the Republican Party when he went missing for several days in 2009. He initially claimed he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but after being caught at the airport, ultimately admitted he was having an affair with a woman in Argentina, who he described as his "soul mate." His wife filed for divorce later that year.

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