White House: Perry's hunting camp name 'offensive'

October 3, 2011 - 3:25 PM
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) โ€” The White House says the name of a hunting camp once leased by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's family is "clearly offensive." But press secretary Jay Carney says Perry evidently thinks so, too, and he passed up a chance to criticize the GOP presidential hopeful over the racial slur.

Carney was asked at the White House press briefing Monday about the controversy over the name, Niggerhead, that was painted on a rock outside the Texas camp. Perry has said it's an offensive name and that once he saw it, sometime in 1983 or 1984, he raised it with his parents and the word was painted over.

Carney said the name was clearly offensive but that from what he's seen, Perry shares that opinion, and that's all he could say about it.