Petition for Texas secession nears 50,000
White House may comment on request
SAN ANTONIO - A petition on the White House's official website asking President Obama to allow Texas to secede from the United States neared 50,000 signatures just four days after it began.
Petitions to the President are eligible for a response from the White House if they get 25,000 signatures within the first 30 days of the petition.
The petition began on Friday and by Monday afternoon had over 30,000 signatures.
"It's an interesting concept but I think we all need to stick together," said Scott Rubright, visiting San Antonio from California.
"It's kind of fun to think about but if all the states started seceding, we really wouldn't be the power we are," added Rob Tait who was born in San Antonio but now lives in Kansas City.
"I think people in Alaska have tried to do the same thing," said Jean Johnston who was visiting from Alaska for the Rock 'n' Roll marathon. "I think it's crazy myself. I love being part of the United States."
17 other states have secession petitions on the website with many of them appearing after the election last Tuesday. So far, Texas is the only one to meet the 25,000 signature minimum, although Louisiana's petition is closing in on the mark.
Texas' GDP would place it 15th in the world. While it's not legal for states to secede, some could see reasons why Texas would want to do it.
"It seems like that's why everyone is moving to Houston, to Texas, all the jobs," said Jerry Ramirez a Houston native. "There's a lot more opportunities here, seems like its got a real solid foundation."
"Texas has always separated themselves as their own country even in their marketing for everything and it's a huge, huge market, a huge state," added Tait.
The petition has already received enough votes for a response from the White House but that does not guarantee one will be made.
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