Presidential candidate Rick Perry is under fire for using a Texas hunting camp that was once known as "N****rhead."
The Washington Post reported on its front page on Sunday that Perry's father leased the land in the early 1980's and that the racist name was painted on a large rock at the front entrance. The report also claimed Perry entertained supporters and fellow lawmakers early in his political career with the name still present.
Not so, said Perry. The Texas governor told the newspaper that his father painted over the offending words when he started leasing the camp in 1983. The Post, though, claimed otherwise.
Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan went further, releasing a statement to Politico that said:
“A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible. The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago.”
Appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, one of Perry's GOP presidential opponents, Herman Cain, bashed Perry.
"My reaction is that is very insensitive," said Cain, who is black. "Since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off that rock and renaming the place."
In response to that, Perry's camp reiterated that it was removed long ago. “Mr. Cain is wrong about the Perry family’s quick action to eliminate the word on the rock," the campaign said in a statement.