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This story Reported by Gabe Gutierrez | KHOU 11 News informs us that Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign is defending itself against questions raised in a report about a racial slur on a property his family leased for years.

In a front-page article Sunday, The Washington Post reported the word “N*****head” had been painted on a rock at the entrance of hunting grounds near Perry’s hometown of Paint Creek, Texas. Perry told the Post in an e-mail that the word had been painted over shortly after his father leased the property in 1983 and that the stone had later been turned over.

But the Post quoted several sources – many of them anonymous – who said the word had been visible for years after the Perry’s had leased the ranch.

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