Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 07:51:46 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2014 04:13:13 PM PDT

Rep. Michael Grimm is stepping down after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Take a look back at the many meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments of politicians through history.

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Some meltdowns go in the politicians' favor, at least in the short term. During the campaign for the New Hampshire primary in 2008, then Sen. Hillary Clinton showed some real emotion in a coffee shop. "This is very personal for me," she said. "Some people think elections are a game, about who's up, who's down. It's about our country." Voters bought it and Clinton won the primary.


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