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 Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (R-Minn.), Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Florida businessman Herman Cain.