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 factual inaccuracies, had been pretty flub-free in the days leading up to her Iowa straw poll win on Saturday.

But since coming in first she has had a few problems. She said her district is a "swing district," which counters the districts' index (as pointed out in the Strib's Morning Hot Dish newsletter)  and Politico reports that she did not attend a Sunday family reunion she cited as the reason she was late for an Iowa event.

 

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