July 26th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Wamp walks back secession talk

Gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp says he is not interested in secession.
Gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp says he is not interested in secession.

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Zach Wamp of Tennessee wants to make one thing clear: If elected governor, the Volunteer State will remain part of the United States.

"Of course we will not secede from the union," Wamp told reporters at a campaign stop in Franklin, Tennessee over the weekend, according to the Associated Press. "But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to Barack Obama."

Wamp's comments came a day after he appeared to suggest to Hotline OnCall 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 the Hotline.


In the same interview, 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 said.

Perry, the Texas governor who easily won a primary challenge earlier this year, saw his stock rise among conservatives after suggesting in 2009 that his state might consider secession.

Wamp's primary opponents, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, both have said they don't support secession.

The primary is set for August 5.


Filed under: Tennessee • Zach Wamp
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. mary dale

    Let the southern states which take more from the federal government than ever give to it, secede from the union and start taking care of themselves. Lets see their roads in 10 years and hope they dont have any weather problems.

    July 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Marcus

    "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 the Hotline.

    Back in the 60's, when Kennedy and LBJ and others were trying to put some sense about what is 'citizenship' and who deserves it into the Dixiecrats' minds (as well as in their followers'), this 'secession' talk came back strongly.
    It worked to make those guys popular, at the time, but nowadays it doesn't looks so well in their curriculum vitae...

    July 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Jack in Florida

    Another Republican nut job!!

    July 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Can't we all just get along?

    Where were all these people who wanted to secede when Bush was in office? That was an illegal president who was destroying the very foundation of American civilization and these governors and Congress just let him? The American people were not amused or confused - well, most of us weren't confused. Most of us knew that Bush should have been arrested, tried, convicted. There's no need to secede now that we have a President that knows what a Constitution is, what it's for and who follows it. Bush would have torn it to shreds - not that he didn't try.

    July 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Mesa Mick

    Is Wamp's nickname "Whacky Wamp"?

    ".... so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government." And this guy calls himself and American? If this kind of irrational thinking by the "chirstian conservatives" on the right ain't "Whacky" then what is?

    July 26, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. haren

    Stop sending all this red state more federal money than what they send.
    There budget looks good because blue state who finance there expenses, and than we have this FOX news claiming that red state are good because they govern by fiscally sensitive governor.
    What a Crap?

    July 26, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. bertina

    Aw, come on, I like it when Republicans go insane. Walking back insane comments mean someone has been given a talk to by Limbaugh. Sad.

    July 26, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Sharron

    No one wants to seperate from the United States except these Far Right Conservative Repbulicans and the Tea Party supporters.......all because we have a Black President.......That is Racist........Bush did as much damage to this country and you didn't hear any Republicians opposing the things Bush/Cheney were doing......WHY? Because he was White........These are the kind of canidates that need to be shown in November that we don't want their Racist Ideas, their Hate or their Anger.......We will never solve the problems in this country thought Anger........I am so tired of all these canidates and their campaigning on their Anger, Hate and OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA.......what ever happened with the canidates running on the issuses on problem solving.......working together......

    July 26, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. TnGal

    Here is yet a another right wing nut!! so out of touch like most of Repubs, they are making me sick! He has no idea how real folks live in this country, he only knows how he and his wealthy friends live and cares only about them, so pathetic!

    July 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Really?

    Talk of secession = sedition

    July 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. what a joke

    Typical politician all talk and NO( yep a slam on republicans)walk. What a loser he can't even back his one play.

    July 26, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Darth Cheney

    So formulaic for the right wing – throw out an extremist statement, then backpedal for mainstream consumption. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. The extremists know the truth, and everyone else is supposedly mollified. Need to start calling these pols out on the constant use of this tactical routine.

    July 26, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Ken in NC

    ORIGINAL COPY - "But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to Barack Obama."

    TRANSLATION - But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to a Black man we do not accept as our President.

    July 26, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Ben in Texas

    Secession was settled 145 years ago, when the biggest weapon around was a Gatling gun or a canon. I'd like to see Wamp the Wimp take on the U.S. military, but it won't happen, and he knows it. He was just acting tough to please his zany bunch of hillbilly teabaggers. It's trash talk, which is what you can expect from a Repugnant these days.

    July 26, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. mike

    this is the biggest bunch of spin crap I have ever heard look lets face it when it comes down to the truth there is no state that can survive without the federal government how much money do think that state gets on roads, schools,military,law enforcement. national parks and on and on that the average voter doesn't realize this guy has his brains up his butt

    July 26, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. DJ in TX

    GOP – why do you keep trying to send the fringe element to Congress, or governorships, etc? These people don't even think like regular people. I'm all for the constitution, but I do say, it was written over 200 years ago. They all had foresight, but even they could NOT have imagined America as it is today. So many things exist today that are NOT covered in the constitution – social issues being one of them. One thing that bothers me when people talk about "strict"constitutionlist" is – minorities were not even considered citizens when the constitution was written..............hmmmm

    July 26, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Pedro

    Go. I dare you. Take Texas and Arizona with you.

    July 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Crazy Harry

    Sad sad sad. Put the guy on a plane and drop him off in another country.

    July 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Of course we will not secede from the union... But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to Barack Obama."

    Therefore, you want to secede from the US??? If not, why mention it and Perry????

    "...federal government should "strictly adhere" to the Constitution."

    Therefore, the AZ law should be challenged by the government because it is 'unconstitutional'??????

    I am so sick and tired of RepubliCAN'Ts. They feel by bashing President Obama and not going along with his agenda are enough reasons to get people to vote for them. Jeez – it's sickening because what SOLUTIONS do they have???!!!

    July 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. katiec

    I certainly hope the voters go to the polls also, but to vote against any republican politician that supports the further destruction of our country.
    Their obvious support of Wall st over the welfare of us and our country, abandonment of the unemployed, voting against anything and everything regardless of merits, primary goal of destroy our president regardless of consequences have put them well on the path of becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    July 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. gg

    Wamp is another hard core reactionary enemy of America and should be treated as one.

    July 26, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. SayWhat

    I wonder if Mr. Wimp, while making his comments in Franklin, Tennessee had any idea of what happened to the last seccessionists in that town in late 1864. Talk of seccession is treason.

    July 26, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Normhombre

    Secession is a ridiculous idea to be put forward by anyone be it the Governor of Texas or this guy from Tennessee. What would happen to any state, even if it could some how successfully seceed from the US?Well, how about all military bases being shut down and moved out and the loss of all the income and revenue that they bring, all citizens of the state who serve would be forced to resign or denounce the state, all the folks on Medicare would lose their benefits, no support for roads or infrastructure and on and on. No one state could possibly survive as what? An independent country surrounded by another country? Like Europe? I say to the folks of these states, don't buy into the ridiculous rants fo these people. It would be (secession) the ultimate treason to our great country.

    July 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Marge

    These republicans and the two sides of their mouth. Which side is CNN and Fox believing today.

    July 26, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Gil

    Wamp! Just another extremist right wing nut case repuglican! is there any intelligent American out there who would vote for this garbage from the right of the GOP. Party of Nothing!?

    July 26, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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