Rick Perry Tries To Walk Back His Remarks On Secession


It looks like Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided those remarks on secession might not go over so well now that he's running for president. From Sean Hannity's show on Fox Wednesday night:

HANNITY: All right. But some people said, while you used the term once succession, is that something you believe?

PERRY: No, I never used that term at all. As a matter of fact --

HANNITY: Why was it reported?

PERRY: I have no idea to be real honest with you, because it was never a factual bit of reporting. It was shouted out by an individual at an event at a Tea Party actually. And I said listen, America is a great country. We have no reason that we would ever dissolve this union. But I said I get it about why people are frustrated, because they are seeing Washington spend this massive amount of money, we've got a huge debt being created. And people are really frustrated with what they see in Washington, D.C. I understand that, didn't agree with it, but I understood it.

As ThinkProgress reported, among Perry's other lies he's been telling lately, although he did not use the term "secession" himself, anyone who listened to what he said knew exactly what he was talking about:

Perry is technically correct that he never uttered the word “secession,” but he did say that “when we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.” Just in case Perry doesn’t remember saying that he is “thinking about” seceding, he can listen to himself saying it here.

They've got the recording of Perry's remarks for anyone that wants to listen to it. I'm fairly sure Hannity knows full well what he said about secession as well, but you're not going to see anything but softball interviews from him when he's got Republicans on his show.


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