Viral Videos That Derailed Political Careers

PHOTO: Rick Perry appears in his "Strong" advertisement, which debuted on his official YouTube account Dec 6, 2011.

Rep. Ann Kuster became the latest politician to be lampooned because of a gaffe caught on camera. And some of those gaffes have derailed campaigns and careers.

Kuster, D-NH., became an internet star this week for bungling a question about Benghazi, Libya, stammering that she wanted to keep the questions focused on the Middle East.

"Libya, is like, right in the middle of the Middle East," yells a man in the audience.

The Kuster video has been viewed over 200,000 in two days.

Kuster has plenty of company among politicians whose taped words have been used against them.

Mitt Romney

Less than two months before the Nov. 2012 election, Mitt Romney's campaign was torpedoed thanks to an undercover video taken a private fundraiser, which featured controversial remarks from the Republican presidential candidate:

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what"

"...who depend upon government, who believe they are victims…and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

The "47 percent" comment took over the focus of the presidential race and forced Romney onto the defensive. Romney later acknowledged during a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace that "there's no question" the comments "did real damage to my campaign."

Christine O' Donnell

Tea party activist Christine O'Donnell successfully landed the Republican candidacy for the 2010 race for Vice President Biden's Delaware Senate seat, but her campaign took a turn thanks to, well, a little bit of witchcraft.

Comedian Bill Maher aired a 1999 clip of O'Donell on his then-show "Politically Incorrect" in 2010, featuring her admitting, "I dabbled into withcraft," and telling a story about having a "midnight picnic on a satanic altar."

O'Donell responded with a 30-second ad in which she states:

"I'm not a witch, I'm nothing you've heard, I'm you."

The video was quickly mocked and parodied, even getting the "Saturday Night Live" treatment.

O'Donnell, who later admitted in an interview with ABC's Jon Karl that her "intention to kill the witchcraft commentary had backfired," lost in the general election to Democrat Chris Coons.

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