With Karl Rove telling Fox that Sarah Palin will likely join the Republican Primary soon, this could be a gaffe-prone primary season. But even if she sits this round out, many more candidates could take her place as foot-in-mouth candidates.
Compiled below are a series of blunders made by Republican Presidential candidates before the summer has even come to an end. Due to space constraints, only a few notable ones could be chosen.
Mitt Romney: Corporations are people.
If any quote shows just how much Mitt Romney is unlike the average American, this quote just may sum it up. When Romney spoke at a mostly friendly rally earlier in the month, hecklers demanded that he raise taxes on corporations. But to the demise of the hecklers, he refused, noting that Corporations are people. This time, Romney hasn't backed off of the claim.
Mitt Romney: I'm also unemployed.
When speaking to a group of unemployed workers in Tampa, Florida in June, Romney let the crowd in on little secret: He is unemployed too. Yes, it is true that Romney does not have a steady job right now. But before you sympathize too much, it would be helpful to note that Romney's net worth is, by some estimates, $250 million. That's a few weeks of unemployment checks right there.
Rick Santorum: So the gay community said, 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy, how dare he do this,' and they have gone out on a, I would argue, jihad against Rick Santorum since then.
Delivered at Spartanburg, S.C. on Friday, Rick Santorum defended himself against criticism from the gay community regarding his stances. Of course, the gay community may have little to worry about from Santorum, given there is usually a dash or asterisk next to his polling numbers.
Herman Cain: Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line.
At a Republican debate in August, Cain decided to give put our country's woe in perspective by using a quote from a song The Power of One, which appeared in Pokemon the Movie 2000.
Rick Perry: If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in history is almost treasonous in my opinion.
The Webster's dictionary defines treason as the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or sovereign's family. Treason is often punishable by death, which would be expected in a state like Texas, which year after year puts more people to death than any other state.
Rick Perry: It (Social Security) is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie.
Indeed, Perry is correct in pointing out that if we stay on the current path, the U.S. will be taking out more from the Social Security trust fund than is given to the fund. Still, unless Bernard Madoff suddenly took a job with the Social Security Administration, the 'Ponzi scheme' statement made at a Iowa rally this weekend might be a little extreme.
Michele Bachmann: Well what I want them to know is, just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit that I have, too.
Unfortunately for Bachmann, the movie star wasn't born in Waterloo. Yet, John Wayne Gacy, convicted of killing over 30 men and boys was born in Waterloo. If this were a pop quiz, it's doubtful that she would receive partial credit.
Michele Bachmann: What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.
Millions of fifth-graders were probably giggling under their breath when they heard this on the news. For those who didn't pay much attention to elementary school history, the Battle of Lexington and Concord took place in Massachusetts.
Michele Bachmann: I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending.
My guess is even Jerry Falwell is rolling his eyes from heaven after Bachmann popped this quote out at a campaign rally in Florida this weekend. Her campaign has been trying to backtrack, noting that the quote was made in jest.