Politics

Rick Perry Less Than Excited To See Obama In Texas, Suggests He Should Apologize for AG Holder's Comments On Voter ID Law

President Barack Obama will be in Texas for approximately five minutes today, attending some fundraisers in San Antonio and Austin. An LGBT Leadership Council event in Austin costs anywhere from $250 to $7,500 to attend, while the Statesman claims another event at the Four Seasons there will cost $25,000 per couple. The Obama campaign could make up to $4 million today -- so far, he's raised $15.7 million in Texas, compared with Romney's $24 million.

So, Governor Rick Perry: Excited to see the president? Really, really excited to see the president? Well, no. In a terse statement, Perry suggested the president might take some time out from his "big-dollar fundraisers" to apologize for all the mean things U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said about Texas's embattled voter ID law .

Holder called the law a "poll tax" last week, and said it would keep minority voters from the polls. The U.S. government, he said, would not allow "political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right."

Perry's statement, in full, reads:

Perhaps while the President is visiting Texas, he can take a break from big-dollar fundraisers to disavow his Attorney General's offensive and incendiary comments regarding our common-sense voter identification law.

In labeling the Texas voter ID law as a "poll tax," Eric Holder purposefully used language designed to inflame passions and incite racial tension. It was not only inappropriate, but simply incorrect on its face.

The president should apologize for Holder's imprudent remarks and for his insulting lawsuit against the people of Texas."

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Anna Merlan
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