Gov. Rick Perry released a statement ahead of President Obama’s visit to Texas, today. He criticized the administration’s handling of Texas’ voter ID law. Perry took exception to comments the US Attorney General made while addressing the NAACP in Houston, last week.

Eric Holder told members he would do everything possible to keep the law from taking effect; likening it to a "poll tax."

Gov. Perry issued this statement, today:

“Perhaps while the President is visiting Texas, he can take a break from big-dollar fundraisers to disavow his Attorney General’s offensive and incendiary comments regarding our common-sense voter identification law.

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

“The president should apologize for Holder’s imprudent remarks and for his insulting lawsuit against the people of Texas.”

In March, the Department of Justice denied the state preclearance for the voter ID legislation, which was passed last session. Texas is one of several southern states that has to get approval for changing to voting laws, based on a history of discrimination.

The state sued, asking a federal district court to overturn the ruling. Testimony in that trial wrapped up last week, and a three judge panel in Washington D.C. will ultimately decide if the law should be implemented. That ruling is expected in August.