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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. Perry is a career Government employee, never held a private sector job, but took stimulous money from President Obama to create jobs. FACT.

    July 17, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. GOP puts "chri$t" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    AJC reported that over 80 counties in Texass, have to travel over 100 miles just to get the state's "free" id.

    I would say Texass owes the U.S. an apology.

    July 17, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Eric

    To suggest that it is possible for enough fraudulent votes to be cast by ordinary people inside the have any effect on the outcome of a national election is ridiculous. Any attempt to organize such an effort would be revealed instantly. This is clearly a means to keep poor people from the voting. Its poor people who find themselves without photo identification.

    July 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. JDR

    After reading all the name calling from the Lefties I still note that the good citizens of the Blue states continue to move in mass to Red states.

    July 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Bermille

    Republicans should apologize for insulting the American people's intelligence.

    July 17, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Jules

    Speaking of liars – either you lied about Romney before or you are lying now. President Obama and the Justice Department are doing their jobs to see that every American has a right to vote. What is Perry doing to make sure that happens in Texas?

    July 17, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |

    I want an apology from you Rick for your *iggerhead rock. Plus I want an apology from you for dumbing down the rest of the country with your performance in the debates. I want an apology from you for possibly executing an innocent man.

    July 17, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Myviewis

    You need an ID to buy cigarettes, alcohol, attend school, draw food stamps, draw a welfare check or cash a welfare check, open a bank account. So why would voting be any different to minorities?

    July 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. The Other Dale

    Okay, Perry has just pushed the whole "apology" thingie into the off-limits area for the rest of the election. From this point forward, anyone using it just comes off as a whinny little crybaby who can't stand the heat of politics. Hopefully, Texans will do better and get someone with a bit of a backbone to them.

    July 17, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    OOPS. Perry is. (AD LIB YOUR CHOICE)
    OOPS. Perry is. (AD LIB YOUR CHOICE)

    Mitt Romney should fire Gov. Perry. He's not helping the campaign, and he's not fulfilling his service as a surrogate.

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

    Is he talking about the law that accepts gun permits but not college ID's?

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

    Perry should apologize to the people of Texas for fooling them into believing he was smart enough to be governor. His I.Q. is just one point above Palin and Bachman.

    July 17, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Spotter

    And 80% of those jobs are minimum wage positions.
    Thats all a fabrication from the left. But even if it were half I am sure you would rather them be on the government dole. A lot of oil fiield workers are making a $100K a year now. I worked three summers in college making more than $13-15/hour twenty-five years ago doing manual labor so your dreaming. If you want a good job and are willing to work its there.

    July 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. demwit

    Yeah sure.., What next!? An appology to the hundres of latinos murdered by the guns from Fast and Furious??

    July 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    Wait, is this the guy that took stimulus money, after screaming that he didn't want it, and used it to create a fund to give money (not loan guarantees) to people who passed a loyalty test?

    Republicans.....the folks you will always find in the low end of the bell curve.

    July 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. tell him to go campaign somewhere else

    Deny landing rights to Obama's plane for safety reasons. Tell him if you cannot protect the voting rights of Texas citizens you cannot offer any protection for him either. Just too many illegals around and even border patrol agents are being killed with weapons Obama supplied.

    July 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Forget About It?

    Is this guy starting his run for the presidency for 2016? Forget it Rick. You're dead. Texas will flip Democratic soon despite your attempt at disenfranchising minority and younger voters.

    This so called "common sense" voting legislation of Rick Perry's allows a gun permit (generally carried by a Republican-voting white guy) as sufficient proof for voting but disallows a college student ID (generally carried by Democratic-voting minorities and younger voters). It's disenfranchisement of people who are not likely to vote for him and his Republican cronies that he's after, not fair voting.

    July 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Ray Dominguez wrote:

    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.
    Psst, Ray. On the day Pres. Obama took the oath of office GDP was at -9%, we were losing 750,000 jobs/month, the DOW has just crawled back over 7000, and a host of other ailments. The economy was in free fall. We are much better off than we were 4 years ago. The Republican solution was "do nothing and let it hit bottom". That's why McCain lost. Romney wants to go back to the "trickle down economics" ideology that says "tax cuts pay for themselves." and "deficits don't matter," which got us into the mess. We are much better off with Democrats keeping us out of the ditch. Put Romney in charge, and before you know it we are going to need another TARP.

    July 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. G2

    You liberals make it difficult for hard working Americans to be proud of this country. It disturbs me to no end how ignorant you all are of our own history and what our Founding Father's vision for this country was. They are surely rolling over in their graves at the amount of government intervention in this country now. We are well on our way to becoming Greece with the current policies. God help us with another 4 years of this Socialist way of life.

    July 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Myviewis

    Why is it that you guys only insult a person but you cannot present a reasonable, factual case? For example, if a person can present an ID to cash a welfare check or draw food stamps than why can't that person use that same ID to vote???

    July 17, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. zapper

    We Texans have a loooong list of things that Ricky should apologize for.

    July 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. sick of republican phonies

    Boy, all you have to do is issue a press release if you're a republican, and CNN will print it as if it were real "news"...which they wouldn't know if it bit them in the butt.

    July 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. FLIndependent

    By all the lines on his face, this guy has had way TOO MUCH sun! Imagine what it's done to his brain!! Get over it Perry, you are insignificant.

    July 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Mario

    All these Republican State that running scared because the Hispanic and African Americans will decide who win in 2012 are trying all can steal this Election by putting bogus laws in place. Romney and his republican are just running with DEViL. $$$$

    July 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Phil knows best

    GOP new strategy: Deman Appoligies!

    July 17, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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