Actually, Ron Paul says thats not what Perry said. Of course, Perry is now walking it back a little too. He is trying to back away a little after getting called on it by so many of the news media.
Media Matters has a little more on this than I was even aware of when I first started this. You can see it here. It seems Gov. Perry has been flirting with a Secessionist Party and this has been going on behind the scenes.
From the article:
Governor Perry should know better. The Texas Nationalist Movement is not a random group. In a 2005 article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC] described the secession movement in Texas as "very hard-line anti-government groups whose views involve anti-government conspiracy theories." Their associates have been responsible for numerous acts and attempted acts of terrorism.
Here is the audio of him and what he said.. Listen for yourself and see what you think.
This is what he is saying now, or at least what he is putting out through his spokesperson:
Noting that Perry hadn't spoken of imminent secession, I asked her what sort of scenario the governor envisioned when he spoke at the Austin Tea Party, and what the legal ramifications of such a move would be. She sought to assure me that Perry does not want Texas to secede, and directed me to this blog post.
This is interesting that this has really kind of bubbled up, to uh... I refer people back to my statement, and I gotta a charge out of it. I was kinda thinking that, maybe the same people who hadn't been reading the constitution right were reading that article and they got the wrong impression about what I said.
Now, see what Rep. Ron Paul, (R,Tx) is saying. Because he is trying to support the secession if that's what Perry wants to do. This is just too funny.