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In this June 28, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling, in Washington (Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press)

In this June 28, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling, in Washington

(Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press)

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Will Mitt Romney be spared the fate of other gaffe-prone politicians? Add to ...

In a political game where image is everything, one wrong move can sink a promising campaign. Mitt Romney’s comment about the “47 percent” has put his campaign on the back foot. If he is lucky, he will be spared the fate of other politicians whose gaffes sunk their campaigns.

(Editor's note: Gordon Brown was leader of the British Labour Party. Jean Chrétien suffered from Bell's palsy. Incorrect information appeared in an earlier online version.)

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