Politics
12:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Perry Slams Holder as Obama Arrives in Austin

Governor Rick Perry used President Barack Obama’s Texas campaign swing to attack the Obama administration’s Attorney General, Eric Holder.  

Gov. Perry’s comments are directed towards Attorney General Holder’s comment last week regarding Voter ID initiatives in several states, Texas included. During a NAACP conference in Houston, Holder referred called voter ID laws “poll taxes,” arguing the laws disproportionally disenfranchise poor and minority voters.

"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,” Gov. Perry said in a statement.

A federal trial in Washington D.C. challenging Texas’ Voter ID requirements recently concluded, with a decision expected as early as this month.

President Obama will be speaking in San Antonio, Texas around 1p.m. this afternoon, before addressing an Austin crowd at 5:45p.m.