SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina.
The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune Promised Land at a restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock 'n' roll.
"Before we get started, let's all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.
But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis' death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, "He died today!"
Bachmann corrected herself later as she spoke with reporters, noting the date marked his death. He was born on Jan. 8, 1935.
She has stumbled over cultural references before. In June, she kicked off her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, calling it the home of actor John Wayne. The town was home for a time to serial killer John Wayne Gacy.