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. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Perry knows full well that there is no voter fraud in Texas to justify every voter showing a photo ID. Mr. Been In the Sun To Long Perry has lost his mind.

    July 17, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Luke,AZ

    Gov. "Oops" Perry should apologize for being an imbecile. He is probably the dumbest Republican nominee to run for president in 50 years.

    July 17, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Primewonk

    Texas will require a photo ID to vote. Texas will charge you to get this photo ID. This is a defacto Poll Tax. This violates the 24th amendment. Not sure why Perry and the other tea baggers can't understand this.

    July 17, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. FLIndependent

    Anyone that can't see this voter ID stuff being perpetrated by only Repub governors as some sort of voter manipulation is extremely blind. If this was being done by Democratic governors after a first-time African American Republican president got elected, you can bet your bottom dollar there would be no letting up by Republicans to try to overturn these laws while demonizing the Dem governors for being treasonous and unpatriotic.

    July 17, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Bill

    @Spotter- Read the following from the BLS (that's the Bureau of Labor Statisitcs)

    Additionally, Texas has by far the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a BLS report. In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour in the state. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers…From 2007 to 2010, the number of minimum wage workers in Texas rose from 221,000 to 550,000, an increase of nearly 150 percent.

    July 17, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. labman57

    Obama should apologize for three reasons:
    1) The lawsuit put a negative spotlight on the Lone Star state (as though it needs in help in this area)
    2) Perry and the Republican-controlled legislature are going to lose, and
    3) Uh, I forgot the third reason. Maybe Rick can help me out.

    July 17, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    If there is no voter fraud than why are Democrats against everyone showing an ID to vote? You have to show an ID for everything from buying alcohol to cashing a welfare check or draw food stamps.

    July 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. lolo

    These republicans are so funny. I don' see any of them working minimum wage jobs. They think they are the only ones that should get the high paying jobs. They wanted cheap labor so bad that they enticed all minorities from any country to come for the American dream, but forgot to tell them that they were getting paid peanuts to mow their lawns, take care of their kids and household, just like they did the slaves, except they were not paid, they were whipped to death if they di not follow the rules. Now that they want to be paid more they want to run them back home. This is their mantra. Once we use them up run them back home. The GOP are such hypocrits.

    July 17, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Mr. Oops, get lost. Btw, apologize to Texas for being a national fool.

    July 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. 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 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. FLIndependent

    @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."
    So what you are saying is that each state should be responsible for it's own job creation and employment, right? Why then blame the President for an overall unemployment rate that is an average of all the states??

    July 17, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I live in Texas and I have always show my DL when I vote..I have no problem doing that. Those of you that wonder why this might be a problem should go further and read what some people including the elderly and some who live in rual areas who do NOT drive would have to go through to get an ID. And also the issue is the cost. To spend $25 dollars or more for a birth certificate is no big deal to me or maybe some fo you but it might be to some older folks on fixed incomes that live way out in rural Texas. And then on top of that Texas sayus that student ID's are not accepted but a gun licence photo is. Now do some research and think about. Who is more than likely to have a gun licence than a student ID a Republican or a Democrat? Plus why did Texas and other states not demand all this voter ID stuff during the time Bush won TWO elections...and they also waited until after the 2010 elections to change the laws. Had McCain won back in 2008 this would not even be an issue on the table. Texas is one of those states that has prscticed vter oppression in the past for minorities and othjers that they seemed to deem not really valid to vote..that is another part of this problem.

    July 17, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. lolo

    Another thing when minorities come over here they tell them first thing do not hang with the black americans they are lazy, which is a white lie. Don't deny it, you know it is true. Now that the rest of the minorites are seeing how you treat people in America they are making sure that they get what they deserve and this is what the GOP/TP party is mad about. They have gottten wise to there lies. The GOP are just greedy selfish people, but hide behind calling themselves christians.

    July 17, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. RealityBites

    Obama should appologize to our children and grandchildren for expecting them to pay back the $6+ Trillion he and his progressive democrats have wasted in only 4 years.

    July 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Just an idiot. Pathetic to elect these thugs of GOP. He lost his mind officially true.

    July 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Montykoolaid

    In the words of fake Sheperd Smith,

    "Your shoes must be made of chocolate, because you just keep putting your foot in your mouth."

    July 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Bob

    Perry is an insult to any thinking human being.

    President Obama has NOTHING to apologize to any right winger for.


    July 17, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Orwell sees it, again & again

    @My Lewis, I live n Texas and have voted almost every election, whether it be mayor,POTUS, or a sneaked in bond election in some strange date. I always have to show a voter registration card or a photo ID. So the new republican voter bureaucracy is going to do what? Fix these new digital voting machines, they can be hacked, spend money on a bigger problem. Another GOP misdirect.

    July 17, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Brass tacks:

    There can be no better example of "big government" encroachment on our freedoms than enacting legislation to solve imaginary problems that people only believe exist because of widespread misinformation campaigns and demagoguery.

    July 17, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This coming from a man who said before he would take Obama's stimulous money Texas would sucede from the Union. Well guess what, Perry took the stimulous money that helped create needed jobs in Texas and wants to take full credit for that. Is this man a baffoon or what.

    July 17, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. 4merRepubCT

    If states want voter id, that's fine, but this should be implemented when those who need to get one have the time to do so – not four months before a major election. I doubt that the agencies involved would even be able to handle the amount of traffic that this new requirement would generate. Beyond that, states should guarantee that fees would be waived for those who received state/federal benefits such as Medicaid or other assistance, and provide transportation services for those who need them.

    July 17, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Here we have another day of liberal hypocrisy

    To see Holder, Obama, Biden, Pelosi etc speak anywhere u must show I D.
    Voting is not a right. If u want to drive u must get a drivers license. If u want to vote get proper ID! It is just common sense. Give me a break. The poor can find ID to by alcohol, cigarettes, apply for food stamps and any freebies. But they cannot should have to have one to vote! really?

    July 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

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

    The Voters Rights Act of 1965 contains language that makes intent of voting laws irrelevant. The law only examines the results and impact that implementing voting laws have. If a new voting law affects a demographic disproportionately, then the new voting law is in violation of the VRA. Period. End of discussion.

    Voter ID laws will be overturned everywhere by November. You can take that to the bank. Holder will make sure of it. He's thrown in that bit about "poll tax" to begin to make his case. His ace in the hole is the fact that the Voter ID laws have to great of an impact on too narrow a segment of the population.

    July 17, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. zago

    Please don't ask Gov Perry to spell "apologize"

    To Gov Mitt at say this: If you are a patriot you should be proud showing tha you've paid your taxes to your government

    July 17, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Spotter

    @Spotter- Read the following from the BLS (that's the Bureau of Labor Statisitcs)

    Additionally, Texas has by far the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a BLS report. In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour in the state. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers…From 2007 to 2010, the number of minimum wage workers in Texas rose from 221,000 to 550,000, an increase of nearly 150 percent.
    We happen to be the 2nd largest populated state so our minimum wage number will be higher. Also there has been an unprecedented number of people flooding into our state from unfriendly business states like California. I lived in 6 different states when I worked for someone else and the moves were always precipitated by growth and projects. There are benefits to working in a right to work state and evidently they outweigh the negatives as families keep coming. People that act like sheep would be making minimum wage wherever they lived.

    July 17, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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