February 4th, 2010
05:17 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin aide: Perry adviser's remark 'crude' and 'disrespectful'

Sarah Palin is set to campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry this weekend.
Sarah Palin is set to campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry this weekend.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is criticizing a Rick Perry campaign adviser accused of using the word "retarded" - but she isn't demanding that the aide be fired.

The accusation - made against top Perry consultant David Carney on Wednesday by Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial campaign - is of note because Palin is heading to Texas this weekend to campaign for Perry as he seeks a third term as Texas governor.

On Monday, Palin called on President Obama to fire his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the very same word in a closed door meeting about health care negotiations.

Hutchison's campaign manager Terry Sullivan told CNN Wednesday that Carney repeatedly said "retarded" during a recent conference call between the gubernatorial campaigns to plan logistics for their Jan. 14 debate in Denton.

Earlier: Top Perry aide used 'R' word, Hutchison campaign alleges

According to Sullivan, Carney became "bombastic and agitated" when he learned that one of the candidate holding rooms would be in a separate building from the debate venue.

"That's just retarded," Carney said when he learned about the room location, according to Sullivan. "That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard."

Perry's campaign did not respond to a request to comment on the conference call.

Palin spokesman Meg Stapleton condemned the language as "disrespectful," but did not say that Carney should lose his job.

"While it seems few can comment on the veracity of the conversation, Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful," Stapleton told CNN in an e-mail.

Palin, whose youngest son Trig has Down Syndrome, wrote on her Facebook page Monday that the word "retarded" is "a slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities."

She said Emanuel's use of the term, first reported in a Wall Street Journal article last week, was "heartbreaking" and merited his dismissal from the president's inner circle.


Filed under: 2010 • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Popular Posts • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Yeah...they're different...they're Republicans. What a hypocrite!

    I believe Palin's support of people with disabilities when she signs on to support the Democrat's efforts to strengthen George H. W. Bush's Americans With Disabilities Act...which has been dismantled by the Republican Supreme Court.

    Fat chance of that happening...she only mouths the words of support for people with disabilities....and beleives that appearances are all that matter.

    February 4, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. Evan

    Palin calling for Emanuel's dismissal is....well....RETARTED!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. once upon a horse

    well I'm still guessing that Rush Limbaugh gets a pass for using the same word on his program yesterday. Or is Sarah afraid to take Rush on??

    February 4, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. matt

    sarah palin is retarded

    February 4, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. Equality for all

    "While it seems few can comment on the veracity of the conversation, Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful," Stapleton told CNN in an e-mail.

    If Mrs. Palin truly believed this statement then she would have demonstrated this at her campaign rallies where she and her supporters called Obama all sorts of demeaning names. What a loser she is.

    February 4, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. rick

    Two faced Palin at it again. It's ok for a republican too use the word because they are.

    February 4, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. James Cunningham

    Hey CNN Ticker, Rohm Emmanuel is an employee of the the U.S. Government. Carney is a privately employed campaign consultant. She is addressing nasty and offensive Republican comments as well as those of Democrats which is a lot fairer than your approach to covering Sarah Palin. How about getting your snarkey anti-Palin comments out of your news stories and deal with facts, not your prodcers bias for a change.

    February 4, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. John B. From New Hampshire

    Ladies and Gentlemen excuse me, but, this IS Retarded!!! Notice i'm not calling anyone a "RETARD" specifically, but this euphemism is used to describe situations that warrant no other word that could carry the extreme nature of that particular situation! now i would say that Limbaugh yesterday referring to Rahm's meeting as a "retard summit" IS offensive. Why the double standard you might say? Well in that instance Rush is using the word as a pronoun to DESCRIBE a group of people rather than an adjective to describe a situation... i.e. this whole thing is retarded! please please... let's not let PC become too PC for PC!!!!! let's all take a breath and come back down to earth!

    P.S. I have yet to hear Sister Sarah call for Rush's resignation... more to come?

    February 4, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  9. Texas Jack

    Sarah, yes it was, but he and his Supporters don't have enough gumption to see it that way. It's a way of life for his followerers. They don't know what the Bible says about such remarks. They will eventually pay even though no one in Congress has enough sense to do anything about it. He should have been fired the very next day. Obama your racking up a score that no second teams will ever be able to catch up. Goodbye Democrats once and for all. Starting in 2010 watch them go down the drain along with all incumbents.

    February 4, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Eric

    Ok there is more than one definition of the word retarded. One definition is "A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay." Just like setting the timing of an engine, you can either set it straight up, advance or retarded. I don't hear people complaining with people on car shows say it.

    February 4, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  11. slipthalo

    That's the GOP and Sarah – if you're of the same party affiliation then you can use any language you want, as long as you mouth you're sorry.

    February 4, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  12. Angelica

    Why Palin doesn't fire Rush Limbaugh? He saying the " R" word whatever he wanes. Sara don't use your son for politics, you making me sick to my stomach. Somebody gat this moneymaking machine out of politics (this is the woman that has no clue about it). She will suck every penny out of you from the people that believe in her (it is never about the country)! I cant believe we have to put up with this hockey mom till the rest of our life's, because she will not go from place where money are poring on her every time she opens her lying mouth.

    February 4, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. michael

    Why am I not surprised but I'm sure those that drink the Palin kool aide will explain this double standard away!

    February 4, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. Tony

    Why does she seem to pop up every week or two about one thing or another? She's the one parading her "retarded" handicapped child around like he's a ragdoll just for the sake of publicity. I, and many millions of other people use the phrase "that's retarded" without even thinking or relating it to a mentally challenged person and for Palin or anyone else to tell me what I can and cannot say IS RETARDED.

    February 4, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. KJ

    Why not hold all people, Reupblicans and Democrats, to the same standard Ms. Palin? Or do standards only apply when they benefit you politically?

    February 4, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. Eric from South Bend

    I am really looking forward to reading about Ms. Palin lash out at Rush Limbaugh for his use of the same word during his radio show the other day. I would expect Sarah to demand he lose his job as well since his comments were issued to a much larger audience as compared to Rahm Emanuel using it in a closed door meeting which requires an immediate dismissal. Since she is such a staunch advocate for the mentally and physically challenged, I expect Rush will be getting a similar demand or has already received one.....which leads me to wonder why we are not reading about it......does this mean Sarah only cares about when Democrats use this derogatory speech??? No...I refuse to believe that Ms. Palin is a giant hypocrite. Not possible.

    February 4, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. Marie Laveaux

    C'mon, Sarah, stop being such a hypocrit,call for his resignation, too.
    When are you going to condemn the newly-elected Senator from Mass for posing nude in Playgirl? While I'm on a roll, don't you just love David Vitter? Now he's stepping in to interfere with same-sex marriage laws in D.C.? Give me a break, please. We all know how Mr. Vitter regards marriage. Apparently it's perfectly moral to have sex with prostitutes, but not moral to marry the person you love.

    February 4, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. Brett P.

    Not that big of surprise that there are two sets of rules for Republicans and Democrats. Sarah Palin shows her true colors yet again.

    February 4, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  19. Tim

    What do you have to say about Rush Limbaugh? He used a even more offensive slang of the word. To make it worse, he said it four times. If she doesn't condemn him, she is a hypocrite!!!

    February 4, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. Hall for Obama

    There are a set of rules for GOP and one for DEM. hey we do not buy your two face rule Mrs. Palin.

    February 4, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  21. vlj in mn

    Ms. Palin is just as guilty of insulting and mean-spirited remarks. This aside, my hope is that all of our politicians refrain from dissecting every sound bite of their colleagues. It's a huge distraction with no real good, except to take time away from the important issues facing this country. Let's face it, all of us have said things we later regret. It's human nature!!!

    February 4, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  22. sherry

    When its a republican saying it, it's okay with her........You cant have it both ways Sarah....Just goes to show what a phony you are.
    I'm just glad that you're a repub.....because I would be embarressed to have you affiliated in my party. How anyone sees you as smart and intelligent is a mystery to me. Fox can have you....CNN is too smart to hire the likes of you.

    February 4, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    It would certainly appear that Sarah has now boxed herself in. Either she demands that Perrys guy and her hero Limbaugh recieve the same punishment she demanded for Emanuel for the use of the "r" word..or...she apologizes to Emanuel.

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander!!!

    February 4, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. David, Austin, Texas

    Typically, Palin displays her selective outrage to a Democrat she opposes but not to a Republican she supports. What an empty hat!

    February 4, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  25. ATL Guy

    She sure is turning out to be a divisive, sensitive little thing, isn't she?

    February 4, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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