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Inflammatory Social Conservative Pledge Trips Up GOP Contenders


Everyone involved has since distanced themselves from the statement.The Family Leader said the slavery language could be "misconstrued" and removed it, Santorum praised their decision (while urging more Republicans to sign the pledge), and Bachmann reiterated her strong support for the 13th Amendment.

"In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible," spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN.

The group's claim wasn't only offensive, it was also inaccurate. Forbes' Osha Gray Davidson notes that it relies on a study that doesn't even have data past 1880 and whose author completely disagrees with the group's conclusion.