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Perry's Wars: Will They Resonate in the Fort Sumter State?

January 16, 2012
Rick Perry and South Carolina, perfect together?

The Texas governor didn't mention secession, but he sounded like he would have fit right in at Fort Sumter in 1861."I'm saying the state of Texas is under assault by the federal government. I'm saying also that South Carolina is at war with this federal government and with this administration," Perry said to boisterous applause during the Fox News debate in Myrtle Beach.

Moving right along, he decried the "war against organized religion" ("going after churches" on their hiring practices) and the war against work ("they come into a right to work state and tell the state of South Carolina we aren't going to let a private company come in here").

"When I'm the president of the United States, the states are going to have substantially more rights to take care of their business," he said.

So far, South Carolina Republicans have resisted Perry. Will the Rick's Wars pitch resonate with them? Maybe on an emotional level. But if history is any guide, they'll be pragmatists at the polls.
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