Perry Asks Feds for Swine Flu Meds
Seems like only yesterday he was talkin' 'bout a secession
By Drew Nelles, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2009 3:05 PM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks in a area destroyed by recent wildfires during a tour in Stoneburg, Friday, April 17, 2009. He asked today for federal help in fighting a potential swine flu outbreak.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Turning sharply from tea party-inspired talk of secession, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is responding to three known cases of swine flu in his state by asking the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hand over 37,430 precautionary doses of antiviral meds, the San Marcos Daily Record reports. All three infected people are high school students from the same county, though officials believe that many more cases have gone undiagnosed.

“We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal health officials to ensure public safety is protected,” Perry said.

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Apr 28, 2009 9:30 AM CDT
wow woody...I still dont agree he was "threatening to split from the US" they are saying....but......good points on the rest....:)
Apr 27, 2009 2:36 AM CDT
Sorry riffran. I live in Houston and see this stuff on the daily news too. Perry was talking all week last week about this. He made the statement on tape several times. There was no spin on it whatsoever. You saw it yourself. He did it to pander to his RW base..period, desperately seeking support for 2010. Now a week later he wants a Fed hand-out. Hilarious. But when you say something like that you have to mean it right ? What a gutsy, long-lived, take-no-prisoners stand for independence. You're absolutely right though; the Fed taxes we pay do go to vaccines, school programs, raiod, bridge and national park maintenenace and a host of other very worthy things. So lets stop kidding ourselves abpout this self - sufficiency & secession stuff. We need each other in this country. Now more than ever.
Apr 27, 2009 2:33 AM CDT
He wants Texas to go it alone? Now he's begging he American government. It's definitely the Republican way. Talk big and carry a little stick.