Living life in the political spotlight doesn't always make for pretty pictures.

Awkward kisses featuring politicians on both sides of the aisle have been captured on camera in recent years. Perhaps bad timing was to blame, or simply misreading the situation that led two people to both go left, then right, only to accidentally lock lips in the center.

Below, a slideshow of some of the most awkward political kisses.

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  • In 2004, Al Gore and then-wife Tipper captured headlines with a kiss on stage at the Democratic National Convention.

  • On Super Tuesday, then-Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was captured on camera kissing his wife Karen.

  • US-Praesident Barack Obama begruesst am Freitag (18.05.12) in Camp David (USA) zu Beginn des G8-Gipfels Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU, 2.v.l.) waehrend eine Mitarbeiterin des Protkolls daneben steht. Unter Einfluss der europaeischen Schuldenkrise hat am Freitagabend (Ortszeit) in Camp David der G-8-Gipfel der fuehrenden Industriestaaten begonnen. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Michael Gottschalk/dapd

  • Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was napped kissing his wife Ann the night of Florida's primary, a critical contest that he won.

  • In 2004, then-Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush embraces Oprah Winfrey after appearing on her show.

  • Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus Bachmann, was kissed by a supporter of his wife's presidential campaign in August of 2011 in Iowa.

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich kissed his wife Callista after a presidential debate in January.

  • During then 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama and Hillary Clinton embraced one another at Reagan National Airport.

  • In 2004, then-presidential candidate John Kerry kissed wife Teresa Heinz Kerry at a rally in Wisconsin.

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 19: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry kisses his wife Antia at the end of a news conference at Hyatt Place January 19, 2012 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Perry, who placed fifth in Iowa and New Hampshire, announced his withdrawal from the presidential race and endorsed former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

  • US President Barack Obama congratulates former secretary of state Madeleine Albright after presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony on May 29, 2012 in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The award is the country's highest civilian honor. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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