Bachmann tribute to Elvis marks wrong anniversary

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:26pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during a campaign stop at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Patrick Collard

Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during a campaign stop at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina August 16, 2011.

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SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann offered a "happy birthday" message to the late singer Elvis Presley on Monday, even though August 16 is the anniversary of his death in 1977.

"Happy Birthday, Elvis!" Bachmann shouted from the stage at a campaign stop in the parking lot of The Beacon, a South Carolina drive-in restaurant famous for its fried food and sweet tea.

After her stump speech, the congresswoman from Minnesota told a group of reporters that she was happy to be in South Carolina "on the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death."

"He's still alive. He's alive in our hearts," Bachmann said.

Later, a campaign organizer who did not want to be identified said with a wink: "You celebrate Elvis because he never died."

Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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Comments (13)
Randomizer88 wrote:
That’s official – she’s 0 for … well pretty much everything.

I don’t know why Republicans love her – is it because she makes George W. look intellectual?

Aug 17, 2011 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Majick1 wrote:
Now that is food for thought Randomizer88! Palin made GWB look like Einstein and now Bachmann is following up. It may be an interesting cat fight when Palin runs officially. My guess is that the GOP is hoping we will find one of their bimbos attractive enough to vote for.

Aug 17, 2011 4:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NashvilleDave wrote:
I don’t know if anybody in the party is listening, but I’m a (the way things are headed – FORMER) Republican and there’s no way I would vote for this imbecile. WHY do you keep parading these people around? She, Palin, George W. and all the other slow minded are absolute embarrassments to what was once a great political party!

Aug 17, 2011 4:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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