Spectacular political meltdowns

Published: Oct 24 2011 10:51:46 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2014 05:09:15 AM EDT

Take a look back at the many meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments of politicians through history.

Bob McDonnell
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Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty in September of federal corruption charges. The 14-count indictment, culminating a lengthy investigation of their relationship with a Virginia business executive, alleges fraud by a public official, false statements, and obstruction. Take a look at other political meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments.

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