- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday hit back at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who criticized Mr. Perry and several other of her potential 2016 GOP rivals on Thursday over the issue of voting rights.

“I think it makes sense to have a photo ID to be able to vote,” Mr. Perry, who announced Thursday he is running for president in 2016, said on “Fox and Friends.” “When I got on the airline to come up here yesterday I had to show my photo ID.”

In a speech at Texas Southern University, Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner, had called Mr. Perry out by name on the issue, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Here in Texas, former Governor Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters,” she said. “He applauded when the Voting Rights Act was gutted and said the law’s protections were outdated and unnecessary.”

Mr. Perry contended that Mrs. Clinton was taking on the people of the state of Texas with her remarks.

Asked if he’s discriminatory, Mr. Perry said: “No, not at all.”

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“And actually, the people of the state of Texas is who she’s taking on, because that was a law that was passed by the people of the state of Texas,” he said.

Mrs. Clinton went into his home state and “dissed every person who supports having identification to either get on an airplane or to vote,” he said.

Mr. Perry also said any insinuation that he doesn’t want minorities to vote is untrue.

“As a matter of fact, when you look across the state of Texas and you see what [we’ve] done in that state to really empower minorities — as a matter of fact, the highest high school graduation rate for African-Americans in America is in the state of Texas,” he said. “The highest Hispanic graduation rate is in Texas. Those are empowerments … and they want to be protected when they get on an airplane as well.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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