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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.

John Edwards
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John Edwards was a rising star in the Democratic Party when it was discovered he had a child with a campaign videographer during his 2008 presidential campaign. He and wife Elizabeth Edwards separated after news about the affair broke. They never reconciled, but there were reports Edwards was with his estranged wife when she died of breast cancer in 2010.

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