Bachmann & Santorum's "Slavery" Pledge
Some activists ask their candidates sign "pledges," mainly to ensure elected officials make good on their promises. Even dumber than the "pledges" themselves was the one Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed, supposedly to support straights-only marriage. "Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families," read the pledge, "yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President." After a public outcry, the offending passage was removed.