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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Sarah Palin may be the darling of the tea party movement, but a series of interviews she did with Katie Couric as John McCain's running mate in 2008 were less than impressive. She couldn't name any Supreme Court decisions or any periodicals that she read. Clips were watched by millions on YouTube and the interviews were parodied on "Saturday Night Live."

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