Rick Perry On Fox News: "We're Spending Most Of Our Time In The Courthouse Suing The Federal Government "

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Rick Perry dropped by Fox News early this morning to let Steve Doocy know just how happy he is to be your governor. In less than five minutes, he also managed to find the time to diss the feds and defend the voter ID law.

Doocy asked if Perry would accept an offer to be Newt Gringich's vice president (because on Fox News, Newt Gringich becoming president is entirely plausible).

"Lemme see," Perry replied. "Texas governor versus V.P. The balance on that one isn't even close. I would suggest to ya that's deep in the rumor category. I got a better gig where I am, thank you."

Perry also referenced his recent feuds with the Obama administration over the voter ID issue and, well, damn near everything else.

"Texas has decided appropriately to sue the federal government over their encroachment into what is clearly a state's sovereign right to decide how to protect the sanctity of the voting booth," he said. "That's what we're doin' here. Democrats and Republicans in the state of Texas support the idea of having good, clean, transparent elections. That's what having a voter identification law is all about. This administration has gone after Texas over the Women's Health Program, voter ID, the Clean Air Act. We're spending most of our time in the courthouse suing the federal government and their encroachment of the 10th Amendment rights of the state to decide its future for its citizens."

Perry signed off with a playful (or something) admonishment to Doocy to "Come down and check on your daughter at SMU." We suddenly have cold chills.


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primi timpano
primi timpano

A voter ID requirement is a solution to a non-existent problem.  Whatever adverse effect it has had or may have (and to my knowledge there has not been any documented fraud based on impersonating someone at a polling booth) on the outcome of an election is miniscule compared to the the effect unlimited campaign spending has on our democracy.

If you don't drive a car, you don't have an ID.  Some people, like my father, have not driven for years. in his case due to spinal injury.  Many others are too poor to own a car and live a cash and carry life.

Madmoonrh
Madmoonrh

Is voter ID free? If not, just another poll tax.

Faith
Faith

Reds, Purples, Whites, Blacks, Yellows and Greens should all have to show a Voter ID to vote! So the problem with EVERYONE doing it makes it a racist thing? Oh please!! Get a grip if you can't get a clue! Its not about race so too bad you won't be able to use it huh!Federal Govt. needs to be sued over States rights issues! What planet do some people come from anyway? Texas is kicking butt and taken names in success and all people wanna do is whine whine and more whine! Liberals are the whin-ni-est bunch I have ever seen!! 

Manny Lomax
Manny Lomax

How is it that so many people become simultaneously obsessively concerned about things like this Voter ID nonsense for which there is no evidence that an actual problem even exists? And this whole "states rights" nonsense was a thinly veiled cover for keeping slavery legal. This is how Perry chooses to define himself, by wasting tons of taxpayer money retrying the idea that a state ought to be able to legalize slavery if it wants to? Good God, Texas has become a shithole of intellectual emptiness and backwardness. What kind of retarded populace do we have that keeps re-electing this stupid fucknut?

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Everyone who is registered to vote receives a card in the mail they can bring to the polling place. Requiring ID makes it harder for those who don't drive - or who live in one of 11 Texas counties without a DPS office - to vote.There is little instance of voter fraud using the cards the state mails out.

Staff Iran-Conoco
Staff Iran-Conoco

Perry's claim to "...10th Amendment rights of the state to decide its future for its citizens..." sounds like something an oil-wealth empowered dictator would say.

Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

In fact, the United States Constitution, as amended, expressly prohibits government bureaucrats, even those employed by subsidiary states like Perry, from "...deciding the future of its citizens."

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

First: Perry is a cretin, we all know it, so does everyone else. For him to get involved in a 60's era dixiecrat pissing match over voters rights is both a waste of the taxpayers money and makes Texans as a whole look backwards..

Second: Doocy is a moron, plain and simple..Why is the guy even allowed to interview people?

bb2712
bb2712

Texas shouldn't have to go to court over these issues.  States Rights do exist, and the Federal government seems intent on fraudulent voting, high energy cost,  and citizens who cannot get decent healthcare from the providers they choose at a price they want to pay. Redistricting should also not be an issue that is argued over.  The Citizens of Texas elected their representatives.  Those elected  representatives approved a redistricting map.  Once it was voted on, that should have been the end of the issue.  And who is taking that to court?  Thanks  to Governor Perry for fighting for voter ID.  There is nothing wrong with proving you are eligible to vote. Obama seems determined to make those energy cost high, just like he said he would.  Keep fighting Governor Perry- someone needs to represent the people who pay the bills.

States' Whites...er Rights
States' Whites...er Rights

"There is nothing wrong with proving you are eligible to vote."

Then it's a good thing you already have to do that to vote based on existing law. Did your latest "fear the librul boogie man" newsletter once again fail to tell you that?

bb2712
bb2712

Color does not determine eligibility to vote.  Voter fraud would be more difficult if people were required to show their photo ID to vote. There are many ways that fraud is committed, just ask those who have been prosecuted for voter fraud.  I'm convinced you could find people who have committed voter  fraud who have not been prosecuted as well.

bb2712
bb2712

YOU have assumed that there are assumptions in what I wrote. I will not document what you can find in a simple search, and there are cases of voter fraud that are documented. How much fraud there is remains unknown. I have attended training sessions on elections, and there are several ways to commit voter fraud.  The Photo ID wcould be helpful, and since MOST people eligible to vote have an ID- this is one improvement  that would be easily made. 

States' Whites...er Rights
States' Whites...er Rights

I see a lot of assumptions and here-say in your response, but not a lot of hard hitting proof of rampant voter fraud that would be solved by a photo ID nor of a vast conspiracy that's truly undermining the voting process*.

You fail to present any convincing argument as to why the current system fails to meet the obligations of a working voting system. As many who support the photo ID have said, it WILL NOT eliminate all voting fraud. So the question becomes, how much does it improve the system and is there a metric that would demonstrate any real results of an improvement if the system was implemented? In other words, has the time and money that has been dedicated to a bandaid fix really been the best use of our resources? Or is a certain segment of our legislature pandering for votes by proclaiming a boogie man exists where in reality the problem is minuscule and just as easily handled by existing law?*- If your argument is that one case of voter fraud is equivalent to a system you cannot trust, I encourage you to avoid digging deeper into the overall process itself. It's ugly.

Mervis
Mervis

Energy is traded on the open global market.

How is the state of Texas facilitating decent healthcare from providers we choose at a price we want to pay?

How is the FED intent on so-called "fraudulent voting"?

Lstilley
Lstilley

Stay strong for us here in Texas, Governor!! We know what evidence of voter fraud is true and many here think it is fair to vote only if you are eligible! We support you 100%!

Deep_Sigh
Deep_Sigh

  “County elections ain’t over til the dead have voted.” Boyd Crowder, JustifiedIt's a TV show silly.

Mervis
Mervis

What evidence of voter fraud is true? Please share with us your research Lstilley.

Fletch
Fletch

So they're bitching about spending all their precious time at the courthouse, even though most of the shit they're suing over is stuff where they're in the wrong.  Cry me an effing river.

I have such a deep disdain for Perry that I honestly wouldn't piss on him if he were on fire.

Blah
Blah

Steve Doocy? I thought it was Steve Eager and Mike Doocy?

Blah
Blah

Eh my bad. This was the Fox, not Fox 4. Carry on.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't want him representing my state representing me.

I wish the spirit of Ann Richards would smother him with a pillow during the night. He probably wear footy pajamas.

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

 She's waiting to do it, but he has to move back into the mansion first.  THAT is a scam that no one really mentions.  I know contractors can take a bit of time, but this is ridiculous. 

downtownworker
downtownworker

"...the sanctity of the voting booth."Ah, yes, my favorite Bible verse. "Thou shalt have proper ID when casting thy ballot." -Fanaticus 3:16

Augie
Augie

Texas sure does employ a lot of lawyers and file a lot of lawsuits for a place where the governor is otherwise dead set against any lawsuits, no matter how bad the insurance company is screwing you.  

"Good, clean, transparent elections" translates to elections voted on by Whites, not Hispanics, not Blacks."  If we didn't have the Fed trying to make sure that rights granted to all citizens since at least the 1960s are not usurped by the angry old white guys running this State who are trying to keep things exactly the way they are.    

bb2712
bb2712

That is a racist comment.  Good clean transparent elections... have nothing to do with the color of people.  It has to do with the integrity of the people. People should have to prove they are eligible to vote, just like they have to prove they are eligible to have a bank account, or play baseball on a team.

Ket354
Ket354

Yes, frivolous lawsuits are killing our businesses. And Perry will sue anyone who disagrees!

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