Dear Michele: There's No US Embassy in Iran

Bachmann yesterday explained: I'd shut our embassy in Iran
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2011 12:19 AM CST
Updated Dec 1, 2011 4:19 AM CST
Michele Bachmann speaks at a Tea Party Express Rally in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this year.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The latest GOP contender to have an "oops moment": Michele Bachmann. She vowed yesterday that she would shut down the US embassy in Iran if she had the power, notes ABC News. Except there is no US embassy in Iran. We haven't had one since 1980, when 52 Americans were held as hostages. "We wouldn't have an embassy in Iran. I wouldn't allow that to be there," she said in Iowa as she discussed the British decision to shut down its embassy following Iranian student attacks.

She knows the US doesn't have an embassy in Iran, said a statement from her campaign, which stepped in later to do a "clean up on aisle nine," as Politico put it. She was "speaking in the hypothetical, that if she was president of the United States and if we had an embassy in Iran, she would have taken the same actions as the British," the statement added.

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