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Was this an honest slip up by Santorum, or did he almost use a derogatory term (details)?

Asked by Blackberry (29373 points ) March 30th, 2012

This is going to explode pretty badly.

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thorninmud's avatar

I’m gonna go with honest slip-up. Not a Santorum fan, but he still doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would have that word just waiting to sneak out.

Trillian's avatar

Ooooo. Sounded like it to me, but I don’t know if I would have thought that if I hadn’t been told to look for it.

ragingloli's avatar

For any normal person, I would say slip up. But this is not a normal person. This is Rick Santorum.

nikipedia's avatar

Ok, are the Republican candidates all planted by the Democrats to ensure Obama wins again?

Blackberry's avatar

@nikipedia I want to believe in this conspiracy theory so bad…..It seems too plausible.

chyna's avatar

If it was just a slip up, it was a really bad slip up. I can’t imagine what else he was about to say.

dappled_leaves's avatar

I don’t know… could that word even belong there, in the context of the sentence? Even if I imagine the worst, I can’t make that into an intelligible sentence. So – I don’t think so.

Also, he doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who uses that language when no one is looking, so I don’t think it could “just slip out”.

And I’m no Santorum fan.

Sorry, @thorninmud – I guess I should have read your response first!

JLeslie's avatar

Just out of curiosity, what is Santorum saying he almost said, or what he was thinking that caused him to studder? I find it impossible he almost said nigger. I think it is extremely unlikely he thought it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Guys…I couldn’t put any of it into context. The thing that strikes me is that using the “N” word wouldn’t even have fit in in the sentence at that point. He said, ”...the government nig….” That doesn’t make sense.

zenvelo's avatar

It was an honest slip up of a derogatory term. He caught himself half way through the word that reflects what he thinks of the President.

I can think of a lot of ways he meant to end the sentence after that word. After all, Santorum is an elitist who thinks he is born better than the President.

rojo's avatar

@JLeslie I believe he was trying to say nikipedia. Not sure why.
Actually, I find myself agreeing with @Dutchess_III I can’t make it fit in a way that makes sense.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thank you @rojo. Can someone tell me what the sentence was?

BTW…I LOVE @nikipedia‘s comment, about the Republican candidates being planted by the Obama administration! Can I get a bumper sticker somewhere??!! :)

JLeslie's avatar

All these candidates are probably exhausted and worrying about saying something that will come back to haunt them. I think we need to be a little forgiving of their situation when they stumble a sentence.

GoldieAV16's avatar

I think it’s very unlikely.

I like to give the candidates of both sides the benefit of the doubt when there’s a slip up or a gaffe (neither of which I think this one rises to).

Besides, with Santorum there is so much low hanging fruit, there’s no need to try to make political hay out of this one. His policies are ridiculous, so it’s the content of his speeches that we should be paying attention to.

Facade's avatar

It’s hard to say. He could have been saying anything and then realized that it made no sense. I hope that’s what happened.

cookieman's avatar

I say it was a slip up.

But I’m morbidly curious as to what would have happened if he had come right out and said that word. Like rubber-necking at an accident, I almost wish he said it.

Yes, I’m ashamed to admit that.

flutherother's avatar

I’m just going to raise an eyebrow

SuperMouse's avatar

I agree that he wasn’t carrying that word in his back pocket waiting to toss it out, it could be called a Freudian slip, and it was indeed in his back pocket.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I don’t think so. It sounded as if he was going to say “reniged,” then thought better of it.

Reminds me of the white, gay guy working for the DC Government who had the sheer audacity to use the word “niggardly” in a speech and was almost crucified for doing so. A bit of vocabulary improvement would be a good idea for those folks, as well as for those posting idiocy like this, and perhaps a few on Fluther as well.

filmfann's avatar

I don’t like Santorum, but I just don’t hear it.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Sounds to me like Santorum stumbled while speaking and just mashed some sounds together that unfortunately sounded like half of a racial slur. I doubt that it was an insult cut short or even a Freudian slip. Just a weird coincidence that will haunt him for a news cycle or two whether he deserves it or not.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t hear it either. And I do NOT like any republicans at this point.

zenvelo's avatar

@CaptainHarley it is “reneged”, and the middle syllable vowel sounds like a cross between a long ‘a’ and a short ‘e’, more like neigh.

ragingloli's avatar

I guess a bit of vocabulary improvement would be a good idea.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I didn’t hear anything myself.

CaptainHarley's avatar

@zenvelo

Muchas gracias por la lección Inglés. ¿Has oído hablar de los errores tipográficos?

iphigeneia's avatar

It sounds like an honest slip, and I’d be content to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t think of anything else it could have been, especially given how he changed course so abruptly. Anyway, if he did indeed have the racial slur in mind, I don’t think this half-word affects my view of him any more than the various idiotic, discriminatory full quotes that have come out of his mouth in the past.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Ahahaha. That’s all I have to say, carry on…

CaptainHarley's avatar

@Keep_on_running

Thanks. I usually do! : )

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