Perry fires back at Napolitano on border security

Jason Mattera:

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Perry said his request was met with a “chuckle” by Janet Napolitano, along with her dismissively telling Washington reporters on Friday that if he wants more troops, he should “pay for them.”

In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS, Perry fired back, calling Napolitano’s remarks “one of the most arrogant and inappropriate statements for a cabinet member in a long time.” Perry not only called her comments unseemly but noted that they were “hypocritical” as well.

“She herself had letters going to President Bush asking for more National Guard troops and talking about that it was the federal government’s responsibility to pay for them,” the two-time Texas Republican governor argued. Perry was referring to Napolitano’s own numerous entreaties for more boots on the ground that she specifically made while serving as the governor of Arizona.

Napolitano even went out of her way to stress that the federal government, and not her state, should foot the bill for such a beefed up border. "By no means should state resources be used to supplant this federal responsibility," Napolitano wrote in 2005 to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

But that was then.

Napolitano’s newfound ambivalence toward border security stems from her boss, Barack Obama, says Perry. “I don’t think he cares,” the governor told HUMAN EVENTS after keynoting the RedState Gathering, a conference sponsored by our sister website that took place in Austin, Tex., over the weekend.

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Obama definitely has an anti Texas attitude for our major businesses to our border problems. This is just more evidence of his "drop dead" attitude toward Texas. BTW, what is Bill Whites position on additional border help?

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