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Spectacular political meltdowns

POSTED: 07:50 AM PDT Oct 24, 2011    UPDATED: 10:32 AM PST Jan 24, 2014 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges on Friday morning. Take a look at other political meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, famous for her state's anti-immigration measures, suffered what Newsweek called a "brain freeze" during a debate with Democratic opponent state Attorney General Terry Goddard in September 2010. She "offered only vague, nonsensical statements as she giggled and tried to recall her train of thought," the magazine said.

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