October 23, 2011 |
Michele Bachmann was laying out a tough immigration policy recently when she veered off script to make a point that she said underscored the national security implications of a porous border. "Fifty-nine thousand this year came across the border, as was said in the introduction, from Yemen, from Syria. These are nations that are state sponsors of terror," the Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate said, citing a report she had heard. "They're coming into our country!"
August 20, 2011 |
Michele Bachmann botched Elvis' birth date (oops, she singled out the day the King died) this week, after previously confusing the birthplace of a movie icon (John Wayne) with that of a serial killer (John Wayne Gacy). And the news played big, on the Web and cable TV. Significantly less play went to a few other morsels that turned up: The Minnesota congresswoman has lauded an evangelical thinker who speculated the U.S. might control citizens with psychotropic drugs. And she once gave a "Must Read" rating to a historical biography that said slaves and masters in the Old South lived in a state of "mutual esteem," "unity and companionship.
June 28, 2011 |
On a day that was intended to showcase her viability as a top-tier presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann spent Monday evening defending her veracity and explaining a gaffe that seemingly had her mixing up American icon John Wayne with a notorious serial killer. Bachmann found a friendly place to deliver her side of the story: Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel. It became the forum where Bachmann and the news channel patched things up after a brief tiff spurred by Fox newsman Chris Wallace's asking Bachmann last weekend if she was a “flake.” Wallace was pushing Bachmann about whether she stretches the truth, an issue that has begun to trail the Minnesota conservative as even she has showed steady improvement in the polls.
June 27, 2011 |
Mixing up an American screen legend with a serial killer -- just another day on the campaign trail, right? Michele Bachmann delivered her presidential announcement in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday because she was born there, but she inadvertently ended up reminding residents of a dark chapter in their town’s history. In an interview with Fox News Channel, Bachmann, the Minnesota conservative, pointed out that John Wayne, the actor, was from Waterloo. “That’s the kind of spirit I have, too,” Bachmann said.
May 23, 2004 |
The television cast an eerie glow in the dingy motel room but the doctor wasn't watching. She was waiting impatiently for an important call -- one that would tell her that the killer was dead. About 3 a.m., word came: John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer who prowled Chicago streets preying on lonely runaways and murdered 33 young men and boys, had been executed. Dr. Helen Morrison headed to a nearby hospital, where she donned scrubs and Latex gloves to assist in Gacy's autopsy.
November 24, 1998 |
Police dug up a small plot of ground behind an apartment building Monday but failed to find any evidence that executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy had used it for a graveyard during a murder spree that ended 20 years ago. Police Commander John Thomas said two holes--dug after ground-penetrating radar indicated there might be something unusual--found only such items as a marble, a flattened sauce pan, wire and roots.