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President Obama to Visit Texas Next Tuesday

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, May 5, 2011  |  Updated 11:55 AM CDT
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President Obama to Visit Texas Next Tuesday

AP

President Barack Obama waves as he steps off Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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President Barack Obama to visit Texas next Tuesday.

The president will combine Democratic fundraising events in Austin with a presidential visit in El Paso during the one-day visit to the state.

Officials didn't say why the president was stopping in El Paso, but in a report in the Houston Chronicle, the paper guesses it's most likely related to one of three things: Fort Bliss, the U.S.-Mexico border or the West Texas wildfires.

Earlier in the week, the president rejected Gov. Rick Perry's request to declare Texas a major disaster area after wildfires burned 2.2 million acres. Perry has been critical of Washington dolling out funds to Alabama following last week's deadly tornadoes, but not giving Texas a major disaster declaration -- and accompanying relief funds.

Following the fundraising event in Austin, the president will return to Washington D.C. that night.

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