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

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.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"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.

- Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

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

    GOP policies are all about exclusion. We are now in 2012 and tolerance and inclusion are now apart of our society. Deal with it GOP.

    July 17, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. TAK

    Wow, this is coming from someone who ran one of the most pathetic,incompetent presidential campaign in GOP history. Isn't Perry the gov who slammed states who asked for assistance from the Federal Government and then ran whining to DC when his state caught fire? Yeah Rick, I am certain that the president is going to appologize to a governor who has spent so much time with his tail between his legs that he doesn't know how to walk normally.

    July 17, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. rla

    Clean fair elections-- Seems only the democrats and their extreme left friends are against that??? Makes one wonder but not too much!

    July 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. str8Vision

    At least it diverted their attention from continuing the silly Faux news "birth certificate" fiasco so keep it up!

    July 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. macrasta

    good sit down, Perry!

    July 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. realitychecks

    Sooo Palinesque....Sorry Ms. Perry no apoligies....get back to work!

    July 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Spotter

    We actually create jobs in Texas so Obama should take notes. It would be a worthy pursuit instead of being the anchor relentlessly drowning the economy.

    July 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Like hell he should Mapface!
    What did you do? Fall down and bump your head on that N-rock of yours? You're talking nonsense.

    July 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. bcarreiro

    hes sorry he didnt say it sooner

    July 17, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Perry you're looking kinda rough there buddy, like you've ben ridden hard and put away wet.

    July 17, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. California Gary

    Yeah, and maybe Perry can apologize for his famous family rock.......or maybe for just being an idiot and wasting everyone's time.

    July 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Darryl

    Texas ? Really ? The Minimun Wage State ? The state that creates so many jobs ? Texas will always be the loser until the People demand better Leadership and NOT let the Money make them feel inferior and less than human by giving them the lowest paying jobs in the state.The middle class in Texas ? Almost NON existante.Their middle class get $25,000.00.................That is Poverty not middle class.And there is no one there to protect them from being kicked down period.On top of that, Rick Perry is NOT going to give the people access to the Affordable Care Act, AKA " Obama Care ".............The people of Texas need to TAKE CONTROL of their state and BOOT people like Perry OUT !

    July 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Tejano

    The only thing insulting is you sayong that you are speaking for the people of Texas.

    July 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    How precious, pompadour Perry learned a new word, and wants to use it in a sentence.

    July 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Bill


    And 80% of those jobs are minimum wage positions.

    July 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. manyote

    No Goobernor Wrinkles, you and the entire GOtP should apologize to the American people for having elected George Du[m]bya Bush not just once, but twice.

    July 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Af

    Woohps! Rick Perry speaks again. How come he does remember the word "Insulte".

    July 17, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Chumlee

    Go away Perry. You have shown yourself to be the worlds dumbest

    July 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Malory Archer


    We actually create jobs in Texas so Obama should take notes


    President Obama prefers that Americans have jobs that pay livable wages vs. type where minimum wage, no benefit workers sell junk made in China to one another. The latter are the type being created in texass.

    July 17, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Kenny K

    @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.
    You are a BIG JESTER! I believe you voted for McCain in last presidential election, and I did not see a private industry experience in his record.

    July 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Jon

    Why is Holder still involved. The man is an embarressemt ... Obama's love fest with him must be more then meets the eyes ... and if it is ... I dont want to see that ... perhaps that has more to do with his support of gay marriage than anything else

    July 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Pettus

    Obama is keeping Texas reliably red. More reasons than ever to keep the Fed Goverment out of our affairs so we can keep growing. If it was up to Obama oil & gas jobs in Texas, PA, ND, CO would all be stifled but free enterprise won out. Four more years of the Imperial Presidency could be disasterous.

    July 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Jim Hahn

    Really Rick Perry? Have you put into place mechanisms to make sure that people can GET those IDs you are demanding they have? Have you made sure that it won't cost them anything to be able to get them? A Voter ID shouldn't cost anything because the right to vote is guaranteed.

    July 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry should aplogize to Texas military men and women who were serving and dying in a war for his threat to have Texas sucede from the Union. This man is a total idiot.

    July 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. California

    FACT: Hussein Obama can only apologize to other country's. Also you have to admit you did something wrong and everyone knows Hussein Obama is perfect. WAAAAAAAHAHAHA.

    July 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
1 2 3 4 5