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Perry Slams Holder as Obama Arrives in Austin

Perry photo, Gage Skidmore; Holder photo Dept. of Justice
Gov. Perry took umbrage with Attorney Gen. Holder's recent Voter ID statements.

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.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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