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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.

Christine ODonnell 2010
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After scoring an upset in the Delaware Senate Republican primary this year, Christine O'Donnell sparred during a debate with Democratic opponent Chris Coons over the First Amendment, saying the separation of church and state isn't in the amendment. Her campaign later clarified that she was trying to make the point that the words "separation of church and state" don't appear in the document. O'Donnell lost the general election.

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