Palin calls potential rival 'Neanderthal'
February 10th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin calls potential rival 'Neanderthal'

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.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. kevin

    Look at this man run from this even scarier woman. I wouldn't vote for either one of theim. He is so scared of this bimbo and this bimbo is scared of real America. All I can say is dumb and dumber. The so called rethugliCan't party is going to the pigs, with lipstick. Conservative how is the Maverick thing working out for yall, you bechta, wink, wink. The dumbest woman in the whole world, No one can compare to stupid Palin, oh wait I forget Stupid Bachmann and Bat Crazy O'McDonell. the ReThugliCan't are an embrassment

    February 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. DAW, NC

    wow two neanderthals fighting it out to determine who is the most out of touch, self righteous, narrow minded individual. a fight of the light weights

    February 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Rose

    How presidential – we resort to name calling when someone says something we don't like!

    Her 15 minutes are WAY over!

    February 10, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Dianne

    Oh, she's so *cute*!!! Her response sounds like that of a 3rd grader. Name-calling, at her age??!!!

    February 10, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    That's a little unfair–to the Neanderthals. But Sarah's description is only true in part–Santorum is better described as a superstitious knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.

    February 10, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. madoshi

    Play her off, keyboard cat!

    February 10, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Carol

    What "work" does she do at Fox? She is such a petty, immature 15 year old. I would like her to explain in detail how the White House missed a 3am call. That is another lie from Palin and a cheap shot meant to misinform her followers. It is jaw dropping to think there are people out there who believe this woman.

    February 10, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. P77

    Someone, please smash the hell out of the watch that still indicates her 15 minutes are still in effect. Thank you!!

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Nick

    If anyone thought this woman can keep quiet, they don't know her. She has a big mouth and needs to open it to prove how stupid she is.

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. American

    Oh brother, now Palin is dittoing Alan Grayson. LOL, who woulda thunk it?

    Not that Santorum's chauvinism didn't deserve it...

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Jay

    The media has made me. I'm getting really rich off people who think I'm somebody of substance. CNN, unlike respectable "news" outlets, loves peddling me for ratings. I am a complete nothing like other garbage kept alive by stupid media executives who are responsible for the dumbing down of America and the ultimate degradation of this mighty and exceptional country.

    If you're actually foolish enough to enter the presidential race, I'd be surprised if you didn't embarass yourself into SNL fodder like the last time. You'll prove that you truly are a fool hiding behind premessaged talking points and controlled media exposure. Then your 15 Minutes will end. Or you won't enter the race knowing you won't win and then it'll be hard staying relevant except on the fixed news network.

    Either way, the extended 15 Minutes of Fame is coming to an end. Thank God.

    Damn you John McCain.

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. keeth in cali

    She only sees a reflection of herself in him.

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Gregory

    Here's this guy Santorum (disclaimer: I'm not a fan) who is trying to be gracious and she flips out. Is this early signs of dementia? She has absolutely no idea how to play this game. None. Manners is what it's about. Manners.

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Chris Willett

    How can Fox expect to be unbiased during the 2012 campaigns given that so many of the GOP Presidential hopefuls are on its payroll?

    February 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Granny Griper

    She hit the nail right square on the head, her kids hold her back from nothing, she has demonstrated that time and again.
    They are the least of her worries, she acts like the jet setter of the 21st century and damned if anyone gets in her way.
    If she should ever become president we might as well hang up our shoes and socks, her name calling and stupid remarks will keep us in hot water all over the world. Lord please HELP us.

    February 10, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. CJBaker

    Name calling to get your point across. How very mature and presidential of her.

    February 10, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Robert

    If this does NOT disqualify this nasty, narcissist, attention-seeking woman from getting close to the GOP nomination, then America is truly lost as a nation!

    February 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. KathyC in Minnesota

    How thin skinned this woman is. Any comment directed at her, she takes as a personal insult.

    I can se it now if Sarah Palin enters the 2012 race for the GOP nomination. All the men running are going to have to side step any comment that relates to her as a politician, her awareness of the world, as they kiss her behind to not p!ss her off. Should make for interesting television.

    February 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Jim

    More Palin news from CNN afte Borger said we are all worn out about Palin? Amzing how her own network seems to have Palin derangement Syndrome and needs to report every thing that she says or does...I guess we as Americans are tired of the ceaseless reporting by those who are Palin stalkers like CNN....

    February 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Diesel

    Don't take it personal Santornm ....Palin is like a badger ready to attack anyone that gets more attention then her.
    She has no respect for anyone that is NOT lining her pockets, and giving praise to her moronic rants
    She is stuck in the world of: Look at Me, It's all about Me,16 year old Mom High School BS.

    America needs a President to lead this country in the right direction. They need to be Honest, Extremely Smart, and Great communicators. Think about it.

    February 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Former Republican - Now Independent

    That's the Palin way, make personal attacks ... don't address the charges.

    Getting tired of Palin. Same 'ole, same 'ole. She's not growing, she's regressing.

    February 10, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Silence Dogood

    If we deny gun ownership to persons of limited mental facilities, there goes the premise of Palin's TV show.

    February 10, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. ...

    Sarah, Sarah...always the mature one.

    February 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Concerned Also

    Man, talking about a dude punking out.

    February 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The upcoming Republican primaries are going to give comedians some of the best material they have had in decades.

    And the funny (sad) thing is that they won't have to paraphrase or interpret, they'll just have to read the lines as spoken.

    February 10, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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