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Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 07:50:20 AM PDT   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 10:32:50 AM PST

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges on Friday morning. Take a look at other political meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments.

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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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