Update: Santorum says he and Palin have spoken privately about the issue and are 'fine.'
(CNN) – Sarah Palin is mixing it up with potential rival Rick Santorum, suggesting the former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful is a "knuckle-dragging Neanderthal."
The eyebrow-raising slap came in response to Santorum's recent comments that Palin was likely skipping an annual gathering of conservatives in Washington this weekend because of other "business opportunities" and her mothering responsibilities.
"I don't live in Alaska and I'm not the mother to all these kids and I don't have other responsibilities that she has," Santorum told conservative online radio host S.E. Cupp in comments that some commentators called sexist.
"Just because I'm a mom that does not mean that I didn't want to be there," Palin responded on Fox News Wednesday night. "I'm the proud mother of five…my kids don't hold me back from attending a conference."
"I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal," Palin continued. "I'll let his wife call him that instead."
Santorum meanwhile maintains he never meant to insult Palin but was instead merely stating that she is a busy person.
"We've watched every episode of 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,'" Santorum said on Fox Wednesday. "We enjoy it. I know she has obligations to do other things outside of the work she does at Fox. I said I assume she has other things to do."
Both Santorum and Palin are contributors to Fox News.
LOL and so it begins..let the mud slinging and infighting begin... Its going to be nice seeing the tea bagger party and repubes beat each other to their losing in 2012....
What Santorum said was nothing anyone would think twice about, let alone get upset over. Sarah is just looking for anything that sticks its head up, for her to go after. Anything at all for media attention.
Poor little Sarah. Heaven forbid, someone should speak the truth. I wish she would just admit she's only keeping the question of whether she will run for President alive is so she can cash in on more ignorant supporters. Must keep the piggy bank full, you know.
Are any republicans not contributors at Fox?
Looks like the knives are starting to come out. Almost time to get some popcorn and watch the republican primary campaigns.
Is this what you call "Palin hitting back on GOP critic" on your home page? This is more like the chihuahua taking a yap at his heels, and she's lucky he shows enough mercy not to send her flying across the street. LMAO!