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Palin: I Won't Call Santorum A 'Knuckle-Dragging Neanderathal' -- His Wife Can Do That (VIDEO)

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"But no, you know, I think that maybe he is uninformed as to why it is that I can't make it to another political speech in a couple of weeks. As I've explained, February is our busiest winter month. And just because I am a mom that does not mean that I didn't want to be there. But, you know what, I've never been to CPAC, I don't know what the big brouhaha is this go-around. I've never been to that conference, so I don't know why anybody would think it's that big of a darn deal not to be there this time."

Hannity, however, did not let the opportunity to light some fireworks just pass him by, and returned to the topic a short while later.

"But back to the Rick Santorum's comments. I mean, it was pretty specific," said Hannity. "He said financial benefit and, quote, 'she's the mother of all those kids.' I think it was Mediaite that pointed out that, you know, he has seven kids himself."

Palin's eyes shot up for a second, when Hannity read that line.

"Whoa," she said. "I didn't know that he had said that about -- 'cause I'm the mother of all those kids. I'm the proud mother of five children, and that -- my kids don't hold me back from attending a conference.

"But, you know, again, it's that kind of tit-for-tat thing that Americans are really turned off by. And they want to hear us engaged in debate and discourse and conversation about solutions."