Gohmert also added that the Civil War "pretty well decided whether a state can secede or not," and said Perry understands that "we're stronger as a country united."

Perry was reported as saying in 2009 that Texas joined the U.S. voluntarily and can leave "anytime we want," and that Texas is "kind of thinking about that again."

Perry jumped into the presidential race last week, though not in time to be formally listed in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. He still received 718 write-in votes, however, giving him sixth place behind Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (R-Minn.), Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Florida businessman Herman Cain.