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Despite large numbers of petitioners, Central Texans don’t want secession

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By: Chris Cheng

KILLEEN – Tens of thousands of people have petitioned to have Texas secede from the country, but many in Central Texas are against the idea.

As of Tuesday night, 91,312 people have signed the petition.

It was posted to the White House's "We the People" section and requests "Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

Despite the large numbers, most people in Central Texas believe secession would only put the state in a worse position.

"We're all American's and we shouldn't divide ourselves between being a separate away from the rest," Frank Soares said.

Soares, who is a Korean and Vietnam War veteran, said too many lives were sacrificed for this country for it to break apart.

Others in Killeen agreed and felt just talks of secession would only cause problems.

"It's not time for nothing like that cause you know if one do it another one will do it and they just creating a lot of chaos," Jerry Bailey said.

There were some, though, who felt the petition may be the answer to getting out of these tough economic times.

"I can't speak for everybody but I'm just speaking for myself, you know I think it would be the best thing to do. I think it would be the best thing for Central Texas," A.J. Boyer said.

Boyer blames the government and the Obama Administration for leading our country into the recession.

"Being divided up and all that stuff we'd be able to do what we need to do to provide for the Texans and all that stuff instead of worrying about everyone else and all that stuff like we have been doing," Boyer said.

Governor Rick Perry, who flirted with the idea of secession back in 2009, quickly dismissed the idea, Monday.

His press secretary Catherine Frazier released this statement:

"Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas."

While Texas leads the nation in signatures, at least 17 other states have similar petitions including New Jersey, New York, Montana, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon and Michigan.

The closest behind Texas was Louisiana with 32,006 signatures.

The White House requires that all petitions reach 25,000 signatures before they can release a statement on them.

There is no word on when or if the Obama Administration will respond to the talks of secession.

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