Perry demands apology from Obama
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While Texans entertained Air Force One and a presidential motorcade Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry was less than impressed.
Perry wasted no time Tuesday, calling a press conference in which he threw criticism toward Obama. Perry asked Obama to apologize for comments U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made during a NAACP fundraiser in Houston.
"He has the opportunity while he is in Austin to apologize for his Attorney General’s actions. I hope he will take that opportunity," Perry said.
Last week, Holder spoke out against the Texas Voter ID law. The law would require voters to present government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot. The Department of Justice shot down the law saying it violates the Voting Rights Act. The state sued, asking the court to overturn the ruling.
"The department found that this law would be harmful to minority voters and we rejected its implementation,” Holder said. "Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxes."
It's the latest battle in what can only be described as an ongoing war between Perry and the Obama administration. Perry insists Holder's comments hit below the belt, calling the comparison egregious.
"That is the type of inflammatory rhetoric and racial divisiveness that exhibits everything that is wrong with public discourse today," Perry said.
Despite Perry's chilly reception, Obama was unfazed and stayed true to his re-election message during his fundraising stops in the Lone Star State.
A three-judge panel in Washington D.C. will ultimately decide if the law should be implemented. Their ruling is expected in August.