Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Updated 5:40 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new crusade. The Democrats’ only name female candidate for president sees “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.”

In a speech at Texas Southern University, Clinton also charged, “Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.” She called on “Republicans at all levels of government with all manner of ambition to stop fearmongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud and start explaining why they’re so scared of letting citizens have their say.”

Fearmongering? To listen to Clinton’s remarks, you would think that power-drunk authorities are turning away millions of citizens at the voting booth. She even called out GOP presidential hopefuls by name. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Clinton charged, signed a law “that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters.” It was a law requiring photo IDs, struck down by one federal judge but stayed by two higher courts.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, quoth Clinton, “cut back early voting and signed legislation that would make it harder for college students to vote.” Mostly true, PolitiFact rated the claim, if students “don’t have a Wisconsin drivers license, or moved to Wisconsin less than 28 days before an election.” That sounds to me like: If students are not residents, Wisconsin doesn’t make it easy for them to vote.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Clinton charged, “vetoed legislation to extend early voting.” Christie vetoed a 2012 bill to extend early in-person voting as he believed that absentee voting met the need.

“I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud. Maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do. I don’t know,” Christie fired back on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Christie added that maybe if Clinton “took some questions some places and learned some things, maybe she wouldn’t make such ridiculous statements.”

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