Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), in an interview that aired Sunday, defended the Lone Star State’s voter identification law, despite recent criticism from Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonRepublicans to release Benghazi report Tuesday Sanders's Nevada director floated two-sided coins for tiebreaks: report Benghazi Blues MORE.
“I think it’s way outside the norm of ridiculous, if you want to know the truth in the matter, to call out the people in the state of Texas, because that’s what she said. I just happened to be the governor to sign that legislation I had supported,” Perry said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
"I call on Republicans at all levels of government, with all manner of ambition to stop fearmongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud and start explaining why they are so scared of letting citizens have their say."
Perry dismissed Clinton’s comments and argued people have to bring a photo ID to check out a library book or to get on an airplane.
“I think we make it pretty easy in the state of Texas for people to vote, so, you know, again, I don't know what her beef is with the people of the state of Texas about voter ID, but I think she's on the wrong side of the issue,” Perry said.
Clinton called for at least 20 days of early voting nationwide.
Perry said in a separate interview on Sunday that federal power over voting wasn't always in the best interest of each individual state.
“If you think that Washington needs to control our voting and our oversight for voting, I just don’t agree with that,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “All wisdom doesn’t emanate from Washington, D.C.”
“You have to trust these governors and these states to come up with the right ideas,” he added. “That makes for better competition and a better America.”
— Mark Hensch contributed to this report, which was updated at 1:26 p.m.