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Perry, Obama Blame Each Other For Not Meeting During Texas Visit

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Governor Rick Perry upon arriving in Austin, Texas, on August 9, 2010. (credit: Ewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Governor Rick Perry upon arriving in Austin, Texas, on August 9, 2010. (credit: Ewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama weren’t meeting during Obama’s trip to the Lone Star State — and each side blames the other.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Republican governor wouldn’t meet Obama in El Paso, where the president Tuesday pushed for immigration overhaul.

Perry’s office says the White House wouldn’t tour wildfire-ravaged areas or meet in Austin, where Obama was attending two fundraisers Tuesday night.

Perry is unhappy that Texas wasn’t declared a major disaster area in the wake of wildfires ravaging more than 2.3 million acres since November.

Perry’s staff says he wanted to discuss issues with the president — not just shake his hand in El Paso. Perry’s office says the 500-mile trip was too far.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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