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Rick Perry: Eric Holder's Voter ID Comments 'Incite Racial Tension'

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"In labeling the Texas voter ID law as a 'poll tax,' Eric Holder purposefully used language designed to inflame passions and incite racial tension," Perry stated. "It was not only inappropriate, but simply incorrect on its face."

Holder, the first African-American attorney general, went off script when he called voter ID laws "poll taxes" during his speech before the NAACP last week. The remark came as Holder's Justice Department was arguing that the passage of the law should be seen in the context of "tremendous population growth" within Texas' Latino community.