Following comments last week by Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the subject of voter fraud, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker struck back on Saturday over Clinton’s suggestion that he and other 2016 hopefuls were intentionally preventing minorities from voting by enacting tough ID laws.
During her speech at the historically black Texas Southern University, Clinton supported universal voter registration, expanded access to polling places by keeping them open for at least 20 days, and offering voting hours on evenings and weekends.
The former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State also took direct aim at potential presidential opponents, Governors John Kasich and Chris Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on voting rights, telling them to “stop fear-mongering about a phantom epidemic of voter fraud.”
Speaking to CNN at Saturday’s Iowa Roast and Ride, a weekend motorcycle ride and gathering hosted by freshman Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, Walker said his state’s new voting laws “makes it easier to vote but hard to cheat.”
“That’s something that I feel Hillary Clinton’s opposition to puts her out of touch with mainstream Americans,” Walker said, standing inside a Harley-Davidson barn at the event. “Pulling out a photo ID is a perfectly logical and common sense thing to do.”
Clinton, made no bones about the implication of new laws that call for strict identification of potential voters calling such measures, “… just wrong — it’s wrong — to try to prevent, undermine and inhibit Americans’ right to vote.”
The speech was meant to play to African-American voters, a must-have bloc Clinton will need in 2016 if she hopes to be successful in her presidential bid. Hispanic voters, a second essential group in her aspirations, also comes under great scrutiny by the GOP since the President seems intent upon allowing those who have come to this country without credentials to remain here and enjoy the benefits of citizenship – – presumably including the right to participate in American elections.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie dismissed Clinton’s attacks to reporters in New Hampshire on Thursday night, saying he’s “not worried about her opinion,” and suggested Clinton had ulterior motives for championing lax voting laws.
“Secretary Clinton doesn’t know the first thing about voting rights in New Jersey or in the other states that she attacked,” Christie said. “My sense is that she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country.”
The former Secretary of States, during her speech last week, made several suggestions to create a more inclusive voter pool. Clinton advocates expanded early voting periods nationally, stretching them to a minimum of 20 days. Among her more controversial suggestions; automatic universal voter registration across the country, including automatic registration of high school students to vote prior to their 18th birthdays.