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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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During the 2012 campaign, a hidden camera at a private fundraiser caught Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of Americans would vote for Obama “no matter what” because they "are dependent on government" and believe "that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them." Romney has defended what he said, though acknowledged the remarks were "not elegantly stated."

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