- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that Hillary Rodham Clinton wasn’t just attacking him but attacking the people of Texas when she blasted the state’s voter ID law.

“It’s way outside the norm and ridiculous, if you want to know the truth of the matter, to call out the people of the state of Texas, because that’s what she did,” Mr. Perry, who three days ago announced his White House run, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The same day Mr. Perry made his announcement, Mrs. Clinton gave a speech in Houston in which she called out Mr. Perry and several other potential Republican rivals by name and accused them of using voter ID and other election laws to bar blacks and poor Americans from the polls.

“Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting,” said Mrs. Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state who is the all-but-inevitable 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

“I just happened to be the governor that signed that legislation,” said Mr. Perry. “I support it. Such a vast majority of the people of the state of Texas support that. So, what Secretary Clinton did was basically say that the people of the state of Texas don’t know what they [want].”

Mr. Perry called it a states’ rights issue. He dismissed Mrs. Clinton’s citing a judge’s ruling that the Texas law was intentionally discriminatory.

“I could probably find a judge that would say just about anything,” he said. “If this goes to the Supreme Court, clearly, the people of the state of Texas in this case will be right.”

He insisted that that it is “pretty easy” to vote in Texas.

“I don’t know what her beef is with the people of the state of Texas about voter I.D., but I think she is on the wrong side of the issue,” said Mr. Perry.

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