It is not uncommon for a presidential candidate to return to his or her hometown to make the announcement that they are entering the race. And if that hometown is Iowa, site of the first caucus, so much the better. However, it is good to know a little of the town's history -- it could stop you from comparing yourself to an infamous serial killer.
Michele Bachmann made her formal announcement Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born. She moved away as a young girl and apparently didn't bother to learn much about the town. Speaking to a Fox News reporter, she explained how being from the same town as a very famous, beloved American inspired her.
"Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit that I have, too," she said.
Well, one problem. As the Washington Times pointed out, John Wayne was not from Waterloo. He was from Winterset, Iowa. But John Wayne Gacy lived in Waterloo for several years. That extra name is significant because Gacy was the notorious "killer clown" who raped and murdered 33 teenage boys in Illinois in the 1970s.
Speaking on CNN on Tuesday, Bachmann admitted her mistake, saying she occasionally "misspeaks."
"People can make mistakes and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can't," Bachmann said. "But one thing people know about me is that I'm a substantive, serious person and I have a strong background."
It is likely Bachmann will drop the serial killer comparisons in future campaign stops.