Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) officially announced himself as a presidential candidate only a few days ago, but he’s already challenging Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton to shut her trap about Texas’s voter ID law, saying he hopes she “goes home” to “whichever state [she] considers to be her home state” so she can make her case there.
In a June 4 speech at historically black Texas Southern University, Hillary accused her Republican opponents of “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to another.” Speaking specifically to Perry, she claimed “Former Governor Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters,” adding, “He applauded when the Voting Rights Act was gutted.”
Responding on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Perry blasted Hillary’s comments as “ridiculous” and an affront to the state of Texas and its people:
Well, I think it’s way outside the norm of ridiculous, if you want to know the truth of the matter, to call out the people of the state of Texas, that’s what she did, I just happened to be the governor that signed that legislation and support it, and the vast majority of the people of Texas support it, and what Secretary Clinton did was saying the state of Texas didn’t.
The former governor added:
Why would you say that you need a photo id to get a library book or to get on an airplane? This is a state issue, and this is an issue that the people that the state of Texas overwhelmingly support. So you know, I don’t know who she is playing to, but she is not playing to the people of Texas and I don’t think she is playing to the Americans that believe that the sanctity of the vote is really important and you need to have a photo id to go and vote. And the people of Texas wanted it, and whichever state Hillary Clinton considers to be her home state, she goes home and argues there to not to have it.