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The Ultimate Political Gaffe Quiz
by Staff
Politics provides the perfect stage to steal the spotlight — or to put your foot firmly in your mouth if you're not careful. Take our quiz to see how much you remember about some of the biggest blunders in the history of politics.

Which president is known for the Bay of Pigs disaster?

  • Johnson
  • Kennedy
  • Nixon

Which president is known for the Iran-Contra debacle?

  • Ford
  • Bush
  • Reagan

What year did Howard Dean unleash his famous scream?

  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012

Which politician has trouble spelling potato?

  • George Bush
  • Michael Dukakis
  • Dan Quayle

What state was Rick Perry governor of in 2011?

  • Texas
  • California
  • Alabama

Sarah Palin embarrassed herself during a 2008 interview when she couldn't name a single one of these.

  • former Presidents
  • news sources
  • states bordering Alaska

What percent of people don't pay taxes, according to Mitt Romney?

  • 10 percent
  • 47 percent
  • 90 percent

What happened when Sen. Gary Hart dared reporters to follow him in 1988?

  • nothing
  • He shot one of them.
  • They photographed his mistress.

How did Adm. James Stockdale start his speech at the 1992 vice-presidential debate?

  • "Vote for me."
  • "I believe in this country."
  • "Why am I here?"

How long did Tom Eagleton hold the Democratic VP nomination in 1972?

  • 18 days
  • 180 days
  • 18 months

What did President Grant want to do with freed slaves back in the 1870s?

  • ship them to the Caribbean
  • help them live in harmony with whites
  • make them slaves again

What was the Watergate scandal named for?

  • a car
  • a person
  • a hotel

What did Michael Dukakis ride in that made people mock him?

  • hot air balloon
  • red wagon
  • tank

What year did Gerald Ford declare Poland free from Soviet influence?

  • 1968
  • 1976
  • 1980

What state is Todd Akin from?

  • Alabama
  • Texas
  • Missouri

Al Gore claimed he invented the internet.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What year did George Bush famously debate Geraldine Ferraro?

  • 1984
  • 1988
  • 1992

What did Christine O'Donnell deny being during a 2010 ad?

  • wizard
  • vampire
  • witch

Which 2016 presidential candidate argued that the pyramids were built to store grain?

  • Ben Carson
  • Ted Cruz
  • Bernie Sanders

What year did John McCain state "the fundamentals of our economy are strong?"

  • 2002
  • 2008
  • 2012

What year did Bob Dole fall off a stage while campaigning for president?

  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1996

Jesse Jackson made a slur against Jewish citizens during his 1984 campaign for president.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Who claimed to be "dead broke" when leaving the White House?

  • Hillary Clinton
  • George Bush
  • Ronald Reagan

What did Rep. Michael Grimm threaten to do to a reporter in 2014?

  • run him over with a car
  • kiss him
  • throw him off a balcony

What is the address of the White House?

  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • 1400 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • 1200 Pennsylvania Ave.

What was unique about John Boehner's "5 Points Jobs Plan," which he tweeted in 2014?

  • It used racist language.
  • It was blank.
  • It had many misspellings.

What state is Bruce Braley from?

  • Ohio
  • Iowa
  • Indiana

Why didn't John Silber campaign in Roxbury and the surrounding area as part of his 1990 campaign for governor of Massachusetts?

  • He already had the vote locked up in those areas.
  • According to him, those areas are full of "drug addicts."
  • He was too sick to campaign.

What percentage of total revenue do abortion services represent for Planned Parenthood?

  • 3 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 90 percent

How much does someone in the middle class make, according to Mitt Romney?

  • $40,000 to $50,000
  • $50,000 to $100,000
  • $200,000 to $250,000