Watch: Michele Bachmann’s John Wayne (Gacy) flub

By indicating she’s from the same town as a serial killer—and not the movie star—did the Minnesota congresswoman seriously hurt her chances for the White House?

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Bachmann announced her run for the White House today in Waterloo, the town where she grew up. During an interview after the announcement, Bachmann made the error of stating that Waterloo was the birthplace of movie icon John Wayne.

John Wayne was, in fact, born in Iowa, but not in Waterloo. (His original name was Marion Morrison, by the way.) However, another John Wayne did settle in the town. John Wayne Gacy, the infamous serial killer, lived in Waterloo for several years. It was the city was where his first-ever arrest took place.

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