Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 07:51:46 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2014 02:09:15 AM PDT

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

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Rep. Todd Akin's office

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s remarks about pregnancy resulting from "legitimate rape" being rare because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" resulted in calls from the top Republicans for Akin to drop out of the race. He stayed in, ultimately losing what had been expected to be an easy race for him against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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