AUSTIN (July 17, 2012)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry called on President Barack Obama to take time Tuesday during a fundraising trip to Texas to apologize for comments that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made about the state’s voter identification law.
And he called on GOP challenger Mitt Romney to release all of his tax returns.
Perry called Holder’s comments about the law “offensive and incendiary.”
“In labeling the Texas voter ID law as a ‘poll tax,’ Eric Holder purposefully used language designed to inflame passions and incite racial tension. It was not only inappropriate, but simply incorrect on its face,” Perry said.
The law passed in 2011 would require voters to present a valid government-issued ID at the polls, but the U.S. Justice Department blocked it in March.
In response Texas filed suit in federal court.
A week-long trial of the suit ended last week.
A ruling is pending.
Mr. Obama is holding fundraisers Tuesday in San Antonio and Austin.
Perry wants Romney, whom he supports, to release all of his tax returns, making public as much personal information as possible.
Perry has released his tax returns dating to 1992.
Romney has come under increasing pressure from Democrats and Republicans to release more than the two years of returns he has promised to make public.
He has released his 2010 return and has said he'll release the 2011 when it's completed later this year.
Romney has said releasing additional information will only lead to more attacks from President Barack Obama's campaign.
Perry challenged Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, but he has since endorsed Romney and recently campaigned for him in Nevada.