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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Fire Back at Hillary For Attacks on Voting Rights

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2015 05:22 PM

Republican presidential hopefuls are firing back at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for holding up their states as examples of those with poor records on voting rights.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Fox News that before Clinton attacks Ohio's voting laws, she should look no further than her home state of New York that she represented in the Senate.

"In Ohio we have 28 days. In New York, where [Clinton] is from, they have one day. Why are you suing me? Why don't you go sue your own people? Why don't you take care of business at home before you run around the country using these demagogic statements that we don't want people to vote?" Kasich said in an interview on Fox News Friday. "It's ridiculous."

While speaking at historically black Texas Southern University on Thursday, Clinton criticized by name Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Kasich for the voting laws in their states.

"Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting," Clinton said during her speech. "What part of democracy are they afraid of? I believe every citizen has the right to vote and I believe we should do everything we can to make it easier for every citizen to vote."

Clinton's top lawyer Marc Elias has filed lawsuits in both Ohio and Wisconsin, challenging the voting laws in those states.

Clinton supports universal voter registration, allowing greater access to polling places, allowing them to remain open for a minimum of 20 days and having voting hours on evenings and weekends.

Walker responded in a statement, in which he called Clinton's proposals "extreme."

"Hillary Clinton's rejection of efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat not only defies logic, but the will of the majority of Americans. Once again, Hillary Clinton's extreme views are far outside the mainstream," Walker said.

Clinton attacked Christie for vetoing a measure that would have made the early voting period longer, and Bush had purged voter rolls of eligible voters they mistakenly thought were felons.

"Secretary Clinton doesn't know the first thing about voting rights in New Jersey ... or in the other states that she attacked," Christie said while at a stop in New Hampshire on Friday.

He added that she just wants "an opportunity to commit greater acts [of] voter fraud around the country."

The former secretary of state also attacked Perry for passing laws that she says made it more difficult for minorities to vote in Texas, such as requiring voters to show an ID in order to vote.

"When I got on the airline to come up here yesterday I had to show my photo ID. Now, Hillary Clinton may not have had to show a photo ID to get onto an airplane in a long time," Perry said on Fox News on Friday.

"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. She just went into my home state and dissed every person who supports having an identification to either get onto an airplane or to vote," Perry explained.

The Texas Republican also said that "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," he added.

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