In the discussion with CBN host David Brody, Bachmann is asked what lessons she learned from the 2012 campaign:
Michele Bachmann: I think one thing I learned is a person has to be extremely careful with what they say. Make sure you have Elvis Presley’s birthday down, because that’s very important, and know where John Wayne was born. Those are two extremely important pieces of information.
David Brody: Oh, the media loves to beat everybody up.
Michele Bachmann: What they focus on is kind of amazing, when it looks like the house is burning down around us, that’s what they care about.
David Brody: You ran pretty much an impeccable campaign, in terms of a mistake-free campaign.
Michele Bachmann: Thank you, it really was.
David Brody: It pretty much was.
Bachmann: It really was, we were extremely careful, and we were almost mistake-free, but for those two points, Elvis Presley’s birthday and John Wayne’s birthplace. I’ve apologized, and we moved beyond.
While on the campaign trail, Bachmann said that cowboy actor John Wayne was born in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. In fact, it was the infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy who was born there. The Minnesota congresswoman later wished singer Elvis Presley a happy birthday on the 34th anniversary of the iconic singer's death.
And also there was that time she needlessly attempted to make Rick Perry look stupid by claiming that a cancer vaccine makes girls “suffer retardation,” or that teabagger manifesto she signed comparing the enslavement of African-Americans favorably to life as a black person under Barack Obama’s tyrannical rule and yadda yadda we do not have another year to finish this list.