Perry says rock with racial epithet was painted over in 1984

Rick Perry on Wednesday defended his position that an offensive racial slur on a rock at a hunting camp leased by his family had been painted over in the early 1980s. 

"All of us agree that the word that was on that rock was a very offensive rock and a very offensive word," said Perry to Fox News reporter Juliet Huddy in California during an interview aired on the “O'Reilly Factor.”

The Washington Post reported last week that Perry hosted friends and other lawmakers at a Texas hunting camp that was at one point known by a name containing an offensive racial epithet. The slur, "N----rhead," was painted on a rock on the property.

The GOP presidential hopeful claimed there were "strong inconsistencies" in the Post story.

"I know for a fact in 1984 that rock was painted over. It was painted over very soon."

"Your family did that?" asked Huddy.

"My family did that. We painted over that rock and it stayed that way. I have no idea where or why people would say they've seen that rock, because that's just not the fact," he said.