"Texas is a unique place," he said. "When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that."
Jim Riddlesperger, Political Scientist:
But the Civil War pretty much settled whether a state – even Texas – could secede from the union, said Jim Riddlesperger, a political science professor at Texas Christian University.
That underscores how Perry's statements are basically just political posturing, Riddlesperger said.
Randy Milholland, creator of Something Positive, Texan:
And we also joined the union because we were completely incapable of running a nation on our own. We were swamped in idiotic amounts of debt that our politicians had no idea how to manage. It's like threatening that the South will rise again.