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Perry, Christie Blast Clinton: She Doesn't Understand Our Voting Laws

By    |   Sunday, 07 Jun 2015 07:08 PM

Two leading Republicans fired back Sunday at Hillary Clinton's criticism of their states' voter registration laws, accusing her of not only being wrong about what those laws are, but also that she's out of touch with issues that states should have the right to decide.

"She doesn't know what she's talking about," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on CBS's "Face the Nation."  "In New Jersey, we have early voting."

In a speech in Houston on Thursday, Clinton attacked many of her potential Republican opponents for the presidency by name, including Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, along with former Govs. Jeb Bush of Florida and Rick Perry of Texas.

Christie vetoed a Democrat-backed bill in 2013 to expand in-person early voting in his state. He told CBS on Sunday that he does not want to expand early voting for fears of increasing the "opportunities for fraud."

"Maybe that's what Mrs. Clinton wants to do," Christie, who plans to make a decision on a presidential race this month, said Sunday. "I don't know. But the fact is that the folks in New Jersey have plenty of an opportunity to vote."

Perry told CNN on "State of the Union" that it's "way outside the norm of ridiculous" for Clinton to have called out the people of his state.

While he was still governor, Perry signed a GOP-backed measure requiring voters to show a photo identification before casting a ballot. The Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect last fall.

"Why would you say that you need a photo ID to get a library book or to get on an airplane?" Perry said Sunday. "This is a state issue, and this is an issue that the people ... of
Texas overwhelmingly support. 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."

Democrats widely criticize Republican-led voting law changes — which include ID requirements and time restrictions for early voting — as efforts  to block minority voters. Clinton is calling for automatic voter registration for all Americans, as soon as they turn 18.

Also in her Houston speech, Clinton called on Congress to reinstate a Voting Rights Act
provision that requires states with a historic pattern of restricting minority vote to obtain approval by the federal government before making election law changes. The Supreme Court struck down that provision in 2013.

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Two leading Republicans fired back Sunday at Hillary Clinton's criticism of their states' voter registration laws, accusing her of not only being wrong about what those laws are, but also that she's out of touch with issues that states should have the right to decide.
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