Bachmann tribute to Elvis marks wrong anniversary

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:20pm EDT

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the ''Join Team Bachmann!'' rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina, August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Patrick Collard

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the ''Join Team Bachmann!'' rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina, August 16, 2011.

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SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; editing by Will Dunham and Bill Trott)

(This story was corrected in the dateline to fix the spelling of Spartanburg)

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KimoLee wrote:
Zero attention to detail, outside of applying her makeup. Not presidential at all.

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dlbhina wrote:
This is the final straw for me. She’s so misinformed it’s now a joke. I have lost all interest in her. She needs therapy.

Aug 16, 2011 9:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
caliguy55 wrote:
Stupid fool!

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