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Texas Dems & GOP Using Obama Visit to Raise Money

By Omar Villafranca
|  Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM CDT
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President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Texas Democrats aren't the only people using President Obama's visit to Austin and Dallas to raise money. Republican Governor Rick Perry is using Obama's one day trip to Texas to raise some dollars.

Governor Perry's re-election campaign sent out a text message to supporters on Monday, asking "What should President Obama be doing instead of raising money for liberal trial lawyer Bill White?" In the text message was a link, asking supporters to vote on various choices from securing the border, to ending tax cuts. But featured prominently on the page is a link asking for donations to the campaign.

"The federal government has not been implementing policy that has been good for Texas by any means," said Catherine Frazier, spokeswoman for the Perry campaign. "And the Obama administration is part of that."

Katy Bacon, spokeswoman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White, said Perry seems more interested in Washington than Texas.

"We see over and over again that Rick Perry's number one interest is Rick Perry and he'll do anything he can to score political points and fill his campaign coffers," Bacon said.

President Obama will make a visit to Dallas on Monday afternoon for a $15,000-a -ticket fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. An earlier fundraiser in Austin will raise money for the Texas Democratic Party.

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