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Michele Bachmann says she misspoke on John Wayne's hometown

June 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Michele Bachmann's campaign is dealing with a flub she made involving the name of John Wayne.

Bachmann told a news outlet that actor John Wayne was from her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa and the two have a similar spirit.

But John Wayne was born in an Iowa town 150 miles away from Waterloo and moved to California as a child.

It was John Wayne Gacy who lived in Waterloo. He was convicted of his first sex crimes there prior to becoming a notorious serial killer in Chicago.

The Republican congresswoman told CNN on Tuesday that she misspoke and that her main intent was to show she identified with Wayne's patriotism.

"I wish I could be perfect," Bachmann said. "I'm a substantive, serious person" who has "good sense on how to turn the economy around" as president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.