Obama tries to shift border crisis political debate

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the media at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 29, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrar - Pool, Getty Images)
President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the media at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 29, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrar - Pool, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/10 8:36 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis firsthand.

Obama turned to one of his chief critics, Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry, to try to make his point.

Following a meeting with Perry in Dallas Wednesday, the president suggested there was little daylight between Perry's calls for additional assistance at the border and the nearly $4 billion request Obama sent to Congress this week. He also made a public appeal for Perry, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, to wield his influence with Texas' Republican-heavy congressional delegation and press them to back the emergency spending package.

 

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