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Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 09:50:20 AM CDT   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 12:32:50 PM CST

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges on Friday morning. Take a look at other political meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments.

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At the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign season, it wasn’t so much what President Barack Obama said, but what he didn’t that was the problem. Obama seemed disengaged in the debate and made more than a few Democrats’ jaws drop by not going after Romney on a variety of issues. He recovered, giving better performances at the next two debates and ultimately winning the election.

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