Perry critics defend him in wake of hunting camp story
Rachel Rose Hartman
Campaign observers might expect Rick Perry's critics and rivals to seize on the recent a Washington Post story about the hunting camp that Perry and his father leased formerly known as "Niggerhead." But so far, many of Perry's detractors are defending him.
"The name is clearly offensive and . . . from what I've read, the governor shares that opinion," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at Monday's White House press briefing, according to multiple media reports.
Much of the controversy surrounds exactly when the Texas governor's family effaced the offensive name from a rock on the camp property. As we reported, the Texas governor on Sunday was forced to defend himself against attacks from 2012 opponent Herman Cain, who accused Perry of being racially insensitive Sunday.
But Cain on Monday afternoon softened his criticism, saying that his remarks made to "Fox News Sunday," were not intended to be an attack on Perry personally.
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