July 23rd, 2010
05:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Tennessee Republican floats secession threat

Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp argued that mandates forced on the states by the Obama administration's health care bill have put secession on the table.
Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp argued that mandates forced on the states by the Obama administration's health care bill have put secession on the table.

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry's suggestion in April 2009 that his state might consider secession drew a round of mockery nationwide, but his blustery populist rhetoric earned him serious traction among GOP primary voters in his re-election fight against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Perry, riding a tide of anti-Washington sentiment, went on to trounce Hutchison and another candidate in the Republican primary earlier this year.

Now another gubernatorial hopeful is test-driving a similar message.

Rep. Zach Wamp, one of three candidates seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Tennessee, told Hotline OnCall that Perry had the right idea. Wamp argued that mandates forced on the states by the Obama administration's health care bill have put secession on the table.

"I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government," Wamp told Hotline OnCall Friday.

Wamp said he hopes voters send a message in November that the federal government should "strictly adhere" to the Constitution.

"Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level," he told OnCall.

His primary opponents, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, both told the website they don't support secession.


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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Seamus Callan

    I wish one of these GOP run states would be allowed to leave the United States, then they would get to see the way the United States treats the worlds countries.

    July 23, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. maria

    where was he and his movement when George W Bush and Cheney were in office?

    July 23, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Moderate Tennessee Independent

    Zach Wamp is the LAST person who needs to be Tennessee's next governor. Wamp is great at pandering to his base and attacking other candidates, but those two things don't make someone a good governor. He's definitely not getting my vote.

    July 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Chris

    You know what? Go for it! Secede. I double-dog-dare ya!!

    July 23, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Rep. Zach Wamp = traitor to his country and a disgrace to those who defend the United States. Deport him to Iran or North Korea.

    July 23, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Preston

    Funny, I remember when "America love it or leave it" was a right-wing mantra. Anyway, it would be wonderful if Mr. Wamp would like to leave and take his fellow travellers with him. The more right-wing crazies who leave the electorate, the better for decent folk. Bye-bye, Zach.

    July 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. tffl

    I'm sure the rest of the country could get by without Tennessee (nice as it is), but this just seems to be another politician with little name recognition trying to get some free press....

    July 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Smartestever Champion

    Loser. What a buffoon.

    July 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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