By Mario Trujillo - 02/27/14 11:01 AM EST
Former President Clinton said Wednesday the greatest “assault” on the United States’ values are new restrictive voting laws springing up across the country.
In a five-minute video, Clinton announced a new initiative by the Democratic National Committee to defend voting rights at a time when, he said, opponents of progress want fewer people to vote.
"There is no greater assault on our core values than the rampant efforts to restrict the right to vote," Clinton said.
He added: "Now all across the country, we are seeing a determined effort to turn the clock back, an effort taking many different forms."
Clinton cited laws that have shortened voting hours and pared back early voting, as well as measures requiring increased identification.
"They are all designed to make it harder for working people — especially people of color, the elderly, those with disabilities and young college students — to get to the polls," he said.
Attorney General Eric Holder has launched lawsuits in Texas and North Carolina aimed at the new voting laws.
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