Texas – Gov. Rick Perry has repeated his call for more federal resources, including National Guard troops and an unmanned drone, to help secure the Texas-Mexico border.
Perry, who is running for re-election against the Democratic challenger Bill White, said "Washington needs to quit fiddling while the border region of America burns." He spoke during a campaign stop.
Some elected officials along the border have suggested Perry's talk of spillover violence from Mexico's war against drug gangs has hurt the image of southern Texas. Perry responded that he would not be getting the endorsement of several south Texas mayors the purpose of Friday's visit if they thought he was hurting the region's economic development. White has previously received endorsements from many elected leaders in the heavily Democratic Rio Grande Valley.
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