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Sex, race, and the Republican presidential campaign

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(Read caption) Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry listens to questions at an economic forum in Hampton, New Hampshire, Saturday, October 1, 2011. He's had to answer questions about a family hunting camp named with a racial slur.

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Maybe it’s been a slow weekend on the campaign trail (or we’re all just bored with polls and debates), but sexual orientation and race have injected themselves – refreshingly, dare one say? – into the GOP presidential race.

Specifically, Republicans are being taken to task (in some cases, by their own number) for what seemed to be the audience’s insensitive response to a gay soldier who asked a question of candidates by video at the most recent GOP debate.

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Rick Perry is under fire for the racial slur that was the name of his family’s hunting camp.

A 3,000-word piece in Sunday’s Washington Post, reported from Perry’s hometown of Paint Creek, Tex., asserts that “In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance. ‘N…..head,’ it read.” (Except the story spells out the name.)

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