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Posted on 09/19/2008 2:21:06 PM PDT by LdSentinal
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Already under fire for his tax troubles, Manhattan Congressman Charles Rangel really put his foot in his mouth on Friday.
In a CBS 2 HD exclusive interview Rep. Rangel called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled."
The question was simple. Why are the Democrats so afraid of Palin and her popularity.
The answer was astonishing.
"You got to be kind to the disabled," Rangel said.
That's right. The charman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee called Palin disabled -- even when CBS 2 HD called him on it.
CBS 2 HD: "You got to be kind to the disabled???"
Rangel: "She's disabled."
"There is no question about politically it's a nightmare to think that a person's foreign policy is based on their ability to look at Russia from where they live."
Republicans think Rangel's comments are insulting as well as shocking.
"Charlie Rangel's comments are clearly disgraceful," Rep. Peter King, R-Long Island, said. "This is just another liberal Democrat who can't accept an independent woman running for president."
King, who is co-chair of the McCain-Palin campaign in New York, watched Rangel's comments with CBS 2 HD. He was particularly upset because Palin's 4-month-old son, Trig, is disabled. He has Down's syndrome.
"We should be sensitive to her or any woman who has a child or family member who has any afflciiton at all," King said. "And so to use the word disabled in the conetxt of a female candidate for vice president who has a child who is disabled really is wrong. Charlie owes her and the entire disbale community and appology."
Advocates for the disabled are also upset.
((sot michael imperiale 135028) "It makes me feel as if he's trying to put her down, trying to say she's not good for the presidency or the vice presidency," Michael Imperiale said.
"A disabled president ran this country. He was didabled. His name was Roosevelt."
a spokesman for the McCain-Palin campaign also piled on, saying that this kind of rhetoric has no place in politics.
Charlie Rangel has no place in politics.
Retract that statement and apologize.
Rangel deserves a jail cell, not a microphone ...
What a butt comic.
If she’s disabled perhaps she can have Rangel’s parking space.
“This is just another liberal Democrat who can’t accept an independent woman running for president.”
Isn’t it going to be fun when McCain introduces Sarah Palin to Washington!!!
LOL! see my tagline, it gets proven correct several time every day!
Good, let them keep picking on the girl.
Even SeeBS is getting angry.
There is video of this? Would love to see the video!!
He’s a black Democrat and it;s OK for blacks to say WHATEVER they want to.....as long as they are Democrats.
The cocky arrogance of the left rears it’s ugly head over and over. These people must be defeated November 4!!!
Rangel needs to be put out of office.
Did Charlie mean that because she’s a woman she’s disabled?
That would start the fireworks!!!
Add Rangel to the list of brain dead Democrats.
Rangel voted for his own draft bill....before he voted against it.
He’s a TAX EVADER CROOK and should be FROG-MARCHED out of the Capitol.