As President Obama fundraises in Texas, White steers clear


When President Obama arrives in Austin, Texas, on Monday, it will be Gov. Rick Perry (R) standing on the tarmac to greet him. 

Perry's Democratic opponent in November's election, former Houston Mayor Bill White, will be campaigning halfway across the state. 

Texas Democrats are largely steering clear of the president during his fundraising swing through the state. Obama has a speech planned at the University of Texas and two fundraisers — one for the Democratic National Committee in Austin and another for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Dallas. 

Perry, though, does have a meeting set with the president to discuss border security. 

Republicans in Texas are trying to cash in politically on White's absence. Texas Republicans have an anti-Obama rally planned for the steps of the statehouse Monday afternoon, and the Perry campaign is expected to use the visit to tie Obama to White despite the Democrat's absence.  

For his part, White isn't just keeping his distance from Obama. The Democrat, who in 2008 purchased newspaper ads tying himself to Obama, took aim at the president during a campaign event in late July, saying, "I was in the oil and gas business when he was a community organizer."

Polling shows White within striking distance of Perry for November's general election. The latest Rasmussen numbers give Perry a nine-point edge, but a Public Policy poll from June had the race tied.