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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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Some meltdowns go in the politicians' favor, at least in the short term. During the campaign for the New Hampshire primary in 2008, then Sen. Hillary Clinton showed some real emotion in a coffee shop. "This is very personal for me," she said. "Some people think elections are a game, about who's up, who's down. It's about our country." Voters bought it and Clinton won the primary.

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