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Video: Bachmann Wishes Elvis Happy Birthday on his Death Date

But in her time at the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, the Minnesota congresswoman continued to pillory President Obama and show strong support.

Michele Bachmann returned to the Upstate for the first time in six weeks and, if anything, her popularity appears to have grown during her absence.

And despite a flub that referenced today as Elvis Presley's bithday -- it's actually the 34th anniversary of his death (see video) -- the audience liked what they heard from the Minnesota congresswoman.

Meeting with members of the press following her Spartanburg talk, she corrected herself on the Elvis gaffe. And at , she correctly acknowlegded that it was the anniversary of his death.

Bachmann was welcomed by several hundred supporters at the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg and delivered a stump speech that hammered President Obama's policies and pointedly steered clear of rivals former Gov. Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry.

Fresh off her narrow this past weekend, Bachmann is looking to sustain that momentum and build support from among the Tea Party's ample presence in South Carolina.

She will need strong grassroots-level support to challenge Perry and Romney, both of whom are expected to raise more money.

Audrey Ross August 16, 2011 at 11:27 PM
I'm glad she corrected that as the world knows it's the death of Elvis Presley , and running for president leaves ???????????????? as a Fan club President I'm up set .
Sammy August 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM
That is the best they can come up with, that this woman does not know when Elvis was born or when he died? Well, she does not know when my birthday is either, does that mean she is too dumb to be President?
harry August 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM
most fans know when elvis was born and died... she claims she is an elvis fan? i support her, but this was a gaff. we didnt make the vigil this year but will be in memphis 2012. the 35th..... next year will be our 9th time.
harry August 17, 2011 at 01:00 PM
the 30th anniv there were over fifty thousand people from here and all over the world in memphis for elvis week. the vigil-ep blvd was closed and there were tent thousand people in the street waiting to light their candle and go to the grave and back. unbelievable experience.
Ed Baggett August 18, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Bachmann is NOT an Elvis fan...she just USED his name to reel in some gullible yokels who are waiting to be suckered.

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