RICK PERRY: No. I don't think that you can find brilliant constitutional lawyers that definitively can say "Can a state leave this union or not?" Are you trying to tell me that things can't get so crappy that Maryland might say "we've had enough." I hope you don't say that. Because then you're saying, "You know what, Maryland? We don't give a damn what you think or what you want; you're part of this, and you can't get out of it." When I get married, I said I was gonna stay with my wife until death do us part. That's what I intend to do. I don't know whether that's a good analogy or not, but, uh, may be a little rocky, but in my opinion, it's not. I mean, we joined the union, and look, again, I'll leave it toâ€¦I'm not a lawyer. I'm an animal science major. Constitutional law probably has some differing opinions on that issue. But, again, you guys that wanna go, you know, burrow down into that rather than finding solutions to healthcare, finding solutions to energy policy, I mean, I understand it's interesting stuff to write about, but I do think it's a bit, um, off the path that most people are interested in discussing.
I suspect not a lot of Republicans are terribly concerned about how Obama's out of control spending looks from Bethesda or Rockville town center. Still, it was an amusing exchange, and it fits well with Perry's strategy. As the governor said, "I'm going to run against Washington until Washington changes." Or Texas secedes?