What political gaffes stuck with you?

We’re talking about political gaffes at 10:20.

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What political gaffes did you think were overblown and which revealed important information about a candidate?

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Robert Moffitt

    Judi Dutcher’s E85 gaffe comes to mind. What she said was really not that big of a deal, it should have been a one or two day story. But it was Mike Hatch’s disasterous responce(s) to Dutcher’s misstep that looked like a slow-motion train wreak.

  • Stephanie
  • Leah

    Gaffes can expose the rot beneath the varnish. Ex.: Couric interviewing Palin…”What publications do you read?” “I read them all.”

  • JWalf

    How can Romney be putting out ads claiming to care about the poor now? Let’s not forget when he said that he wasn’t concerned about the poor, “they have a safety net”…. and now his “47%” comment.

    As a firm independent, I just don’t see how anyone can see Romney as a credible middle class advocate. His silver spoon is buried far to deeply.

  • Ordonez

    The “news” is a business so they want to get the most viewers. Engaging in actual substance will drive down viewership.

  • Mark

    McCain, not knowing how many homes he had…followed by his comments that the economy was fine as it was going off a cliff. Huge gaffe.

  • Jeff

    Obama’s “you didn’t build it” comment – even with the context, it didn’t sound good, and the anger from those offended – wow!

  • Justin McCarthy

    I appreciate how John Stewart and the Daily Show is able to effectively present politicians’ contradictions and gaffes. What I really like is when Stewart turns the tables on the media as well – Fox News seems to be an easy target for him. As a voter this sways my views on a particular candidate and the news organizations that are not actually fair and balanced, but say they are.

  • Mark

    I think that the presidential debate with the town hall format provides potentially fertile ground for a gaffe. It seemed that Bush I in 1992 looked out of touch in that format (looking at his watch).

  • Nick

    Jesse Ventura – “Religion is for weak minded people”. Classic. But I think he truly believed what he was saying – so I’m not sure it is a “gaffe”

  • Kevin

    Most recently this one.

  • Faith Clover

    I’d like to comment on the Obama “gaffe” regarding who built it. That comment was taken out of context by the GOP and repeated until you just repeated it as if it were the actual comment. What he was referring to and said in the entire statement was that the government built the infrastructure that supports business. Please check your own statements to reflect what the President actually said.

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  • Dick

    Interesting topic…political gaffes by candidates. Listening, it occurred to me that family members, especially a spouse, might be caught on camera saying or doing something that could impact viewer attitudes. In years past (many for me) I don’t remember as much focus on family members from the media. This is especially true at conventions. If Mrs. Obama or Mrs. Romney were to yawn or give some non verbal reaction to something said I wonder how much, if any, impact this would have. They are potentially always on camera. Possibility?