He might have won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and then slowly drifted toward a career out of politics and into our televisions as a FOX News host, but his recent gaffes aren't making him look presidentially polished. The former Arkansas governor and minister has ruffled more than a few feathers with his comments on pop culture and parenting.
In his recent book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy (yes, that's the actual title), he describes Beyoncé as "gifted" but then condemned her as "mental poison," saying "[s]he just doesn't need to lower herself to this crude exploitation to be a megastar."
He even questioned the Obamas for allowing their daughters to listen to the Grammy award-winner. Bold move. The First Lady's office made no comment.
He's certainly an accomplished surgeon, being the first to separate a set of conjoined twins. But a presidential venture won't last too long given his often overly dramatic statements. Speaking publicly, he commented on health care in America:
Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing to happen to the nation since slavery. And it is slavery, in a way.
Perry is a fun one, and he's getting serious about a run (have you seen those glasses? They look pretty presidential to me). Personally I would love to watch him though another primary, but his faux pas from the last round proved that he was too scripted and didn't know his own policies, oops — but Ron Paul certainly did!
The former Pennsylvania senator has a strong political background, but his emphasis on social issues, particularly same-sex marriage, will cause him trouble — he equated gay marriage to loving his mother-in-law in a column for the The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2008. It's uncomfortable.
Is anyone saying same-sex couples can't love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?
His comments on Palestine are also radical. The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler called his views more conservative than the Israeli government's position. Santorum said during a 2008 campaign stop in Iowa:
All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they're not Palestinians. There is no 'Palestinian.'
Those listed above are not likely to last long and will not be in the race for the long haul. They will be outrun by more seasoned politicians who have refined their skills to avoid serious gaffes and errors, though they do still happen (flashback to the 47 percent).
Images: Getty Images (3)