Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) opposes a petition to allow Texas to secede from the United States following President Obama's re-election, his press secretary Catherine Frazier said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News Monday afternoon.
"Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government."
The petition is on the White House's website under a section called "We the People: Your Voice in Our Government." The White House promises to review and respond to petitions with over 25,000 signatures. As of late Tuesday morning, the petition, which asks the administration to "peacefully grant the state of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government," had nearly 69,000 signatures.