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.


Filed under: 2010 • Bill Haslam • Popular Posts • Ron Ramsey • Tennessee • Zach Wamp
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Zephyr Khan

    Tennessee would never secede; they are one of the biggest recipients of welfare in this country.

    July 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. cspurgeon

    What an idiot. This is not good for America and fools like him need to be voted down and not be part of any political picture in this country.

    July 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. yasky

    Go ahead and separate. That would be more money for the rest of us wouldn't it? Take Texas and Alaska with you.

    July 23, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Jim in San Mateo

    How could you succeed Tennessee. Last time I checked it is still in the middle of the country.

    My question now becomes what kind of test, and how many of them, do you have to flunk in order to become a GOP or Tea Party candidate for public office. These guys have lost all common sense that was abundant among the founders of this nation and seems to be slipping away year by year.

    July 23, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. A Patriot American Sailor

    Are you kidding me? Some whiny republicans kick and cry and don't get their way, so they want to succeed from the union? Did democrats cry sucession when Bush was in office and didn't do what they wanted? No.

    Here's a news flash. The government "does" strictly adhere to the constitution. If he would actually name 1 thing that Obama has done that has broken any rules, be my guest. Its crazy that some of these republicans/tea partiers want to reform back to the original constitutation, the way "framers intended". Yes, the world has not changed, we are still living in 1791.

    I love it when they address these guys "Patriots like Rick Perry", like now you can't disagree with him or you're not a patriot. "Wacko Politicans Like Rick Perry who play the game like everyone else" is more like it.

    July 23, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. B.H.

    I can't believe what this man is saying. We either live under GOP tyranny and its constraints no matter whom the American people have elected—even those of us—who didn't vote GOP— or Texas will leave the Union??? Is Texas a dictatorship now?

    July 23, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. If It Wasn't For the Federal Government and The Tennessee Valley Authority . . .

    Zach Wump would be hunting for his food by candlelight.

    July 23, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    Perry and Wamp need to go find a different country to live in, free from the benefits of living here in the United States of America.

    July 23, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Bill

    Texas AND Tennessee leaving! Oh, my. Please don't let this be a joke!!! Please go. PLEASE GO!!! PLEASE GO!!!

    Do you need help packing???

    Take the KKK with you. And, of course, the "tea party".

    And no more Federal subsidies for you, Tennessee. You are on our own. Good luck! Maybe Texas will send you a few bucks. Ha!!!!!

    July 23, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. johnrj08

    I double dare Tennessee to secede. Triple dare. Can this idiot imagine what would happen to his state and the people in it if he got his wish. This kind of rhetoric may appeal to the lunatic fringe, but it is absolutely preposterous talk.

    July 23, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Excuse me?!? Where was all of Mr. Wamp's indignation when GW Bush turned the Clinton surplus into a huge deficit by lying us into a war with Iraq and funding it and the war in Afghanistan by taking the cost off the books – while simultaneously cutting taxes?!?

    Republicans don't mind taking budget surpluses and turning them into deficits for the sake of invading other countries and killing people, but God forbid we should spend any money on Americans.

    Pull your heads out, folks! The Congressional Budget Office has said the health care reform will result in savings.

    And if you really want to insure it's paid for, let the Bush tax cuts expire and start collecting all the unpaid taxes on American private and corporate off-shore accounts!

    July 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. E. E. Davis

    Let me know when He wants to go and I will help him pack. Maybe he and the Texas governor could go together. I will help both of them pack. I am sick and tired of this characters who would not stand up to Dick C. of George Bush but will not show great courage and want to leave the U. S.
    Go, already.

    July 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Chris

    Stupid is what stupid does.

    July 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. B. Bear

    Stop talking about and just leave, Mr. Wamp. Oh, by the way, just how is Tennessee going to handle the new import/export duties levied on their foreign status? Do not expect any aid for floods, tornadoes, and
    pandemics. You are on your own!

    July 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. John

    I am all for it. One less state to fund.

    July 23, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. justthinkin2

    Hey now, this secession talk is for five year olds. This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE NATION. You fix it from the inside, just like you protect and defend it, from the INSIDE FIRST!

    July 23, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Scott

    I am almost certain that a federal official advocating secession is a crime. Specifically treason. I'm just saying.....

    July 23, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. KL85

    Wow... way to make our great state sound like the stereotype. Red necks tottin guns, we gonna succeed!!!.... Gotta love the hail mary pass because Haslim is running away with it.

    July 23, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    "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.

    No one is "forcing" any state to consider anything! What a bunch of wimps – poor little victims! Boo hoo hoo, waa waa waa!

    You Republicans can't take responsibility for anything!

    And if you want to secede, knock yourselves out. Without federal money, Tennessee would dry up before you can count to three!

    July 23, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. lucy

    I really wish they would secede. I'd love to see Sarah Palin's america.

    July 23, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. usualone

    Good, when they leave the USA, we won't have to support them. When they have floods, we won't come to their aid. We don't have to give schools and police subsidies. I feel for the people of Tennessee if this idea were even to get any place in our society. What an easy answer to these difficult times. The Repubs say "no" and then this kind of nonsense.

    July 23, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. CanadaOne

    This guy looks real STUPID

    Why to the GOP politicians look so STUPID?

    And when they open their mouth... REAL STUPID!!!!

    Don’t you repubs have anyone that successfully finished grade 5?

    July 23, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Ndubueze Chuku

    Rep Zach Wamp is a fool for talking about secession from the United States. If the American people are behind you, go to the polls and win and then you change whatever it is that you do not like. It is idiots like you that cause chaos in this country.

    July 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Ron Mosher

    That is what you would call a traitor. Far worse than ANY terrorist. Oh and he's a white,conservative,Republican. What a shocker. NOT!

    July 23, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Rachel

    Secession is NOT patriotism! If you want change work with people not against them. The handshake is stronger than the fist.

    July 23, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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