Originally Posted by JoeMorgue
I think it is most often used the same way in political contexts. "Gaffe" has the connotation of an innocent mistake, or at most a revealing slip of the tongue.
Of course, for political purposes simple gaffes are often treated as serious statements by the opposing side. And there can often be legitimate agreement about whether or not a particular statement is a gaffe.
Obama's "You can keep your insurance" - Not a gaffe
Obama's "Iíve now been in fifty Ö. seven states" - gaffe