Perry: Obama should apologize for 'insulting' lawsuit
July 17th, 2012
12:38 PM ET
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Perry: Obama should apologize for 'insulting' lawsuit

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should apologize for his Justice department's "insulting lawsuit" against a voter identification law in the Lone Star State.

Perry took a swing at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama in a statement issued ahead of the president's campaign trip to Texas.

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"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 investigation law," Perry wrote in the statement.

Perry continued: "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," Perry concluded.

Perry's comments come during a heated national debate over the validity of voter identification laws.

The Justice Department is challenging a Texas law that would have required voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot, a requirement that Holder says would disproportionally affect minorities.

On Monday, a panel in Washington reviewed Texas's request to uphold their voter identification law, which proponents say protects against voter fraud.

Holder told the NAACP last week that voter identification laws could be politically motivated, as it is thought the laws would help Republicans at the polls slightly more than Democrats.

On Tuesday, Obama will attend a luncheon in San Antonio hosted by the city's mayor Julian Castro, U.S. Rep. Charles Rodríguez and actress Eva Longoria, followed by a fund-raiser. Then he will speak at another event in Austin, also followed by fund-raiser, before heading back to Washington.

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Filed under: President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Wait a minute! I thought the tighty righties get offended when President Obama apologizes for anything! And now they're demanding apologies?! Really? REALLY???!!! Honestly, it's time to man up and put on your big boy pants little ricky!

    July 17, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Yuri

    Good luck w/ that.

    July 17, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    if you're looking for an apology, you can kick rocks. Man up! If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then more than likely it's a duck. If you weren't trying to purge voters, there would be no issue. NO APOLOGIES!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    July 17, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    No. The only people who should be apologizing are CNN and the rest of the major "news" networks that refuse to cover the redistricting and Voter ID law issues and FACTS like the findings that PA's voter ID law has put 750,000 eligible voters at risk of losing their franchise OR that FL is using outdated drivers license lists to fuel its search for people to accuse of being illegal immigrants in order to take away their voter registration OR that right ther in TX, there were emails between GOP state legislators LITERALLY talking about using the redistricting to avoid the effect of 90% of the state's population growth being attributable to hispanic population growth in the state....and their likely leanings in voting. The GOP is trying to steel the WH back across the country and the MSM sits idle pretending "all's equal and fair" and studiously avoids reporting about just how drastically and unfairly and illegally the GOP/Teatrolls' policies around the country threaten to undermine the integrity of our election processes, the voting rights of millions of people and the core values that established our democracy in the first place. WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD IS A LIE AND IT HAS BEEN PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN. Do your job CNN or you're partly responsible for the results.

    July 17, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Jerseygirl

    Aww, give it up, Perry! You're not gonna be Veep! LOL. You are not very bright, and going along with this phony Voter ID law, knowing full well that it will affect minorities shows you as a typical Repub. How Texas ever voted in somebody like you doesn't show Texas in a very good light. Sorry Texas.

    July 17, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA has a FAILURE PROBLEM

    Obama and Holder have used their offices to bludgeon people and states for 4 years. Lawless criminals right out of Chicago. And all Obama is running through Texas for is to try and collect a few dollars for his falling campaign coffers. He has ZERO chance of winning Texas.

    July 17, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. cali girl

    Get over it Mr Whiny.

    July 17, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Patriot Awesome

    I feel bad for Texas sometimes. It must really suck to have this dope as your Governor.

    July 17, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Thomas

    This guy needs to come out of the closet and look around.

    Romney / Perry

    Above the Law 2012

    July 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. 2 interested

    Talk about petty. Grow Up.

    July 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Ray Dominguez

    Obama Apologize? That would require Character on his part. Since Obama does not have any character, he will just go on making the stupid statements he does, making a buffoon of himself.

    July 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "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 investigation law," Perry wrote in the statement.
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    If Gov. Perry could recite the federal voting law properly he would realize that intent of the Texas law has nothing to do with it. The federal law is carefully worded to ignore the stated intent of laws, and only examine the results and effects that the law would have on the affected populations. When the effect of voting disproportionately affect a specific demographic of voters, which the Texas law does and others like it, then the the Texas law is in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Period.

    Intent of the Texas Voter ID law is totally irrelevant. Only the results of enacting such a law are relevant.

    July 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Thomas

    The voter id laws are a sham.

    July 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. g

    now i see why reagan defunded mental illness

    July 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Want to know why Perry is so upset? He's forgotten that he was supposed to take the State of Texas and secede.

    July 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Logic N LA

    Do Texas and Florida have mandatory photo ID laws for all 18 year olds? If so, they may have a case. In the absence of one, they are forcing people to get an ID they may not feel they need.
    But for this traitor of the U.S. ( he did call for seccession of Texas from the U.S.) to ask the President for anything, is a joke.

    July 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. alleygator

    And we should take anything Rick Perry says seriously because . . . ?

    July 17, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. JDinHouston

    Perry is the Whiner in Chief of Texas. He's notorious for playing dirty in politics, yet he's showing he can't take it. The law in question is an attempt by Perry and his cronies to prevent Hispanics, legal Hispanics, from voting by creating a cloud of doubt to hang over their heads and to force them to meet a higher hurdle than I do (as a white person) in order to vote. Oh yes, I know how the law applies to all, but I'm already seeing it discussed only in terms of verifying minorities (aka Hispanics) have a legal right to vote. Racists like our Whiner in Chief just pretend this is about voter fraud, their real goal is disenfranchisement.

    July 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. EBW

    Good luck with that, Rick! Why must you sound like a total idiot, anyways? The voter ID laws are just a great way to keep some people from voting, nothing more nothing less!

    July 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. judy

    this guy is a dufus . get real

    July 17, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Apparently Perry doesn't recall that Texas, like other states, have a history of voter discrimination. How does he not know this? I am guessing that he doesn't care about what is going on and who votes... Unless they vote for him or other Republicans.

    July 17, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Ray Dominguez

    Anyone who thinks that the United States is better off under Obama than we were 4 years ago, are probably fall under the rubric of Socialism, Communism, Statism, etc, all that this President espouses.

    It's funny to see a man, who has never worked in the private sector, owned a business, worked himself up in the private sector, yet becomes President via his lies and ideologies, espousing the beliefs Saul Alinsky and his ilk.

    July 17, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Laverne

    Rick Perry is such a DUFUS! Obama won't be apologizing to you or anybody in the republican party so forget about it! It is amazing to see the high tech lynching of Obama and Holder from the angry white men! In this country so much as changed, but in reality nothing has really changed at all!

    July 17, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Larry L

    I so hate to see this man representing the State of Texas. Governor "Oops" is such a crook and so incredibly stupid! I wish the oil companies would buy us a smarter politician next time. Oh... but they wouldn't want that...

    July 17, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Perry should make an apology to us here in Texas for making a fool of himself when running for president, sticking us with the bill for his failed campaign, and NOW for going to have us pay for people here without healthcare insurance because he wants to make some type of statement with the far right by declining the federal benefits we were due to get. PLUS if the feds DO win this lawsuit I would then expect for Perry to come out and apologize for forcing them to file it.

    July 17, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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