Top ten recent politicians to excuse stupid comments with "I misspoke"

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Earlier, we reported about Representative Mike Coffman's excuse for a comment he made suggesting that Barack Obama may not have been born in the U.S.: "I misspoke." By making this claim, Coffman is in good company: It's become a favorite of politicians who say something dumb or inaccurate but want to soften the blow. Here's a top ten countdown of other public figures who've trotted it out.

Number 10: Herman Cain

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Man, do we wish the Herminator, who was a reliable (and frequently hilarious) source of blather while a Republican presidential candidate. Example: In a PBS interview, he said that China was trying to develop nuclear capability -- which it's had for nearly a half century. His response? "Maybe I misspoke," he said. "What I meant was China does not have the size of the nuclear capability that we have. They do have a nuclear capability. I was talking about their total nuclear capability."

Number 9: Hillary Clinton

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Back in 2008, Clinton told a story about a mid-'90s trip to Bosnia during which she supposedly had to run to her plane due to fear of sniper fire. Shortly thereafter, video surfaced from the previous visit, during which she could be seen strolling to the aircraft as if she didn't have a care in the world. Her response: "What I was told was that we had to land a certain way and move quickly because of the threat of sniper fire. So I misspoke -- I didn't say that in my book or other times but if I said something that made it seem as though there was actual fire -- that's not what I was told. I was told we had to land a certain way, we had to have our bulletproof stuff on because of the threat of sniper fire."

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