Elvis fan Bachmann confuses date of his birth with date of his death
August 16, 2011 — 1:09pm
When presidential candidate Michele Bachmann takes to the stage, she is often accompanied by a blast of Elvis Presley's "Promised Land."
So, it would stand to reason that she knows a bit about the king.
But apparently, she doesn't know enough not to confuse the anniversary of his birth -- January 8 -- with the anniversary of his death -- August 16.
According to CNN, on Tuesday as she started a rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she said: "Before we get started, let's all say 'Happy Birthday' to Elvis Presley today...We played you a little bit of Promise Land when we pulled up. You can't do better than Elvis Presley and we thought we would celebrate his birthday as we get started celebrating taking our country back to work."
Bachmann, who has a reputation for factualinaccuracies, had been pretty flub-free in the days leading up to her Iowa straw poll win on Saturday.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."