Ron Paul Still Feels 'Secession is Very Much an American Principle'

Ron Paul spokeswoman says the congressman "feels the same now" about secession as he did in 2009.

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Ron Paul spokeswoman Rachel Mills says the congressman "feels the same now" about secession as he did in an April 2009 YouTube video.

Residents of at least 19 states filed petitions this week for the right to secede from the United States. The petition from Texas, where Paul is a congressman, has so far garnered more than 80,000 signatures, enough to get the attention of the White House.

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In the 2009 video, Paul says that secession is a “legitimate issue to debate.”

"It’s very American to talk about secession -- that’s how we came into being. Thirteen colonies seceded from the British and established a new country, so secession is very much an American principle," Paul says.

Ron Paul smiles after announcing his plans to seek the GOP nomination for president, May 13, 2011, in Exeter, N.H.
Ron Paul smiles after announcing his plans to seek the GOP nomination for president, May 13, 2011, in Exeter, N.H.

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The congressman also notes that while states may not be ready to secede just yet, they may be ready "when federal government can no longer deliver" on their needs.

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