NY Democrat Rangel Calls Palin 'Disabled,' Then Says He Misspoke

WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Congressman Charlie Rangel says he misspoke when he called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled."

It happened during an interview Rangel had with New York's WCBS T-V. Rangel was talking about what he says is Palin's lack of foreign policy experience. When asked why Democrats seem afraid of Palin's popularity, Rangle replied, quote, "You got to be kind to the disabled.." When the reporter repeated the phrase, Rangel said, "Yes. There's no question about it."

Later, he issued a statement explaining that he meant to say the Alaskan governor is "disadvantaged" in the area of foreign policy.

The gaffe follows weeks of controversy for Rangel over his personal financial affairs.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee accuses Rangel of "hitting a rhetorical low."

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