WTAS: Michelle Obama’s Visit To Iowa For Bruce Bailey


RADIO IOWA: “Obama mispronounced Braley’s name as ‘Bailey’ seven times before the crowd got involved as she was reciting a campaign web address. … Within half an hour of the event’s conclusion Republicans had claimed the domain name ‘VoteBruceBailey.com‘ and linked it directly to the campaign website for Joni Ernst, Braley’s Republican opponent.” (O. Kay Henderson, First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Iowa For Braley,Radio Iowa, 10/10/14)

THE QUAD CITIES TIMES: “Seven times she mispronounced Braley’s last name ‘Bailey,’ and she mistakenly called Braley a Marine Corps veteran.” (Erin Murphy, First Lady Encourages Early Voting In Des Moines Address, The Des Moines Register, 10/10/14)

THE DES MOINES REGISTER: “However, the first lady, who flew to Des Moines after a campaign appearance earlier Friday in Detroit for Michigan Democrats, repeatedly mispronounced Braley’s name during her speech at the Drake University Fieldhouse before a crowd of about 1,200 people.She called him ‘Bruce Bailey’ at least six or seven times until someone in the crowd pointed out the mistake.” (William Petroski, First Lady Spurs Braley Backers At Des Moines Rally, The Des Moines Register, 10/10/14)

THE WASHINGTON POST: “It’s been a rough campaign for Rep. Bruce Braley (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa. It got a bit worse Friday when first lady Michelle Obama campaigned for him. First, she called him ‘Bruce Bailey.’ (Bill Clinton also recently made the same mistake.) Then she said he was a Marine Corps veteran. (He’s not.)” (Sean Sullivan, Michelle Obama Called Bruce Braley ‘Bruce Bailey.’ Oops., The Washington Post, 10/10/14)

THE WEEKLY STANDARD:  “First Lady Michelle Obama got the name of the Iowa Democratic Senate candidate wrong multiple times at a campaign event today.  His name is Bruce Braley, not ‘Bruce Bailey,’ which the first lady mistakenly called him.” (Daniel Halper, Michelle Obama Gets Iowa Dem Senate Candidate’s Name Wrong, The Weekly Standard, 10/10/14)

POLITICO: “First lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail Friday for Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Iowa. Only one problem: she mispronounced his name multiple times. After calling him ‘Bruce Bailey’ at least five or six times during her remarks at a campaign event, even directing people to ‘vote.BruceBailey.com,’ an audience member eventually corrected the first lady.” (Michelle Obama Muffs Candidate’s Name,Politico, 10/10/14)

THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: “Mrs. Obama confused the Iowa Democrat’s name during a rally on Friday. She referred to the candidate twice as Bruce ‘Bailey’ before audience members corrected her. ‘Go to vote.brucebailey.com,’ Obama said. ‘That’svote.brucebailey.com.’ … Shortly after the flub from the first lady it appeared that the website she mentioned, votebrucebailey.com, redirected to the campaign website of Braley’s Republican challenger, Joni Ernst. Braley is in a tight race with Republican candidate Joni Ernst. Ernst is leading by two points.” (Michelle Obama Mistakenly Campaigns For ‘Bruce Bailey,’ The Washington Free Beacon, 10/10/14)