Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who is running in a heated three-way Republican primary for governor of Tennessee, has a dire warning about the new health care reform law: If a new Congress and president aren’t elected in order to repeal the bill, states might just have to secede.
“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,” said Wamp, who has also promised to refuse to implement the law at the state level if he is elected, in an interview with the Hotline.
Wamp also praised Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) — who has also floated the idea of secession — for leading the fight against the health care bill. “Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level,” said Wamp.
The Hotline asked Wamp’s GOP primary opponents whether they are opposed to secession. A spokesman for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam answered, “Yeah,” while Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey blasted “Rep. Wamp’s trademark over-the-top temperament and overheated, sometimes crazy rhetoric.”