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Perry Says He's Improved Race Relations in Texas

Thursday, Oct 14, 2010  |  Updated 1:55 PM CDT
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Perry Says He's Improved Race Relations in Texas

Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston mayor Bill White.

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Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who's criticizing Democrat Bill White over language he used with a black audience, says he's used the power of his office to improve race relations in Texas.

Perry pointed out Thursday that he appointed Wallace Jefferson, a descendant of slaves, to the Texas Supreme Court as the first black justice. Perry also noted he appointed Latina justice Eva Guzman.

Perry's campaign criticized White on Wednesday for having said he wants to be a "servant" to Texans while Perry wants to be a "master."

White's campaign said he's used that language many times before and that it's not racial. Black legislators came to White's defense.

Perry addressed a Texas Association of Broadcasters event, where White was scheduled to speak later Thursday.

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