Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 14:01:14 -0500 From: "Suzanne Legault: English" Subject: Re: Political Blunder Brian: I'm curious: Could the Senator really have misunderstood the caller? >The caller said, "I ain't near rich as you." The Senator > angrily replied, "I ain't nigger rich either." The only way I can imagine a "legitimate" mis-hearing (as opposed to some very swift back-pedaling) is for both speakers to be r-less. Even then I have to wonder, since you say that the Senator is not a native son, but hails from Detroit.