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A political gaffe is an error made by a politician that is reported to the public. When campaigning for office or party leadership they can effect standings in polls. While in office the opposition can refer to them in governmental debates over policy. They can be overplayed by the media as side stories to more important issues at the time.
Memorable gaffes by country
NOTE: In order to prevent this from becoming too much of a political football, please limit your submissions to politicians who are not current officeholders, and who do not appear likely to run for public office again.
- "Air pollution is the smell of money" – Philip Gaglardi.
- Pierre Trudeau and the fuddle duddle incident.
- Jacques Parizeau's 'money and the ethnic vote' speech.
- Peter MacKay calling his ex-girlfriend Belinda Stronach a dog after she joined the oppostion party.
- The Gerald Ford Soviet Domination answer.
- We begin bombing in five minutes. – Ronald Reagan
- The Mike Dukakis tank ride.
- ↑ Definition for gaffe - Oxford Dictionaries Online (World English). Oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ Reagan jokes about bombing Russia — History.com This Day in History — 8/11/1984. History.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ CBC News In Depth: Canadian government. Cbc.ca (2006-10-27). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ Jimmy Carter explains ‘rabbit attack’ – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs. Politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ The Tyee 2010-10-21 retrieved 2011-04
- ↑ ABCBookWorld. ABCBookWorld. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ MacKay denies referring to Stronach as a dog - Canada - CBC News. Cbc.ca (2006-10-19). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ UK | Curse of the open mic. BBC News (2001-01-29). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
- ↑ By M.J. Stephey Monday, June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13). Gerald Ford, 1976 - TIME's Top 10 Gaffes and Mistakes in Political Debates. TIME. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
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