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Bachmann tribute to Elvis marks wrong anniversary
August 17, 2011 / 3:24 PM / 6 years ago

Bachmann tribute to Elvis marks wrong anniversary

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.

<p>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</p>

“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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