A political gaffe is an error made by a politician that is reported to the public.[1] When campaigning for office or party leadership they can effect standings in polls.[2] While in office the opposition can refer to them in governmental debates over policy.[3] They can be overplayed by the media as side stories to more important issues at the time.[4]

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.


Great Britain

  • John Major calling cabinet some of his cabinet ministers bastards.[8]

United States

See also


  1. Definition for gaffe - Oxford Dictionaries Online (World English). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  2. Reagan jokes about bombing Russia — This Day in History — 8/11/1984. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  3. CBC News In Depth: Canadian government. (2006-10-27). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  4. Jimmy Carter explains ‘rabbit attack’ – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  5. The Tyee 2010-10-21 retrieved 2011-04
  6. ABCBookWorld. ABCBookWorld. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  7. MacKay denies referring to Stronach as a dog - Canada - CBC News. (2006-10-19). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  8. UK | Curse of the open mic. BBC News (2001-01-29). Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  9. 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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