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Palin's Santorum Response Includes Talk of 'Context' & 'Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthal

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"I think the reports were much worse than what he really said."

It would have been safe to bet that when Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity's show last night Hannity would ask her about Rick Santorum's recent comments about her. He did. And Palin responded in her own unique way.

As we noted yesterday, Santorum's comments that Palin turned down the CPAC keynote invitation for financial and family reasons seem to have been overblown. And on Wednesday night, Palin agreed that the comments may have been "taken out of context." End of story, right?

Not really. After making the "context" remarks, Palin went on to invoke the image of a "knuckle-dragging neanderthal" while also mentioning Santorum's wife. Mediaite offers a transcript of the response:

I think the reports were much worse than what he really said. I think some things were really taken out of context. So I will not call him the knuckle dragging neanderthal that perhaps others would want to call him. I’ll let his wife call him that instead.

What did she mean? We don't know. But we do know that Santorum appeared with Greta Van Susteren later in the evening to respond to Palin's response, and he clarified that he was not "knocking" Palin as Politico suggested. Santorum and Van Susteren also took a few minutes to criticize the mainstream media. Both party's responses below:

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