Rick Perry Condemns Confederate License Plates

'We don't need to be scraping old wounds,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2011 4:05 AM CDT
Rick Perry Against Texas Confederate License Plates
This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate.    (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

(Newser) – Rick Perry doesn't want to see the Confederate flag on Texas license plates, publicly declaring his position on the issue for the first time. The governor told an interviewer that granting the Sons of Confederate Veterans' request would be "scraping old wounds," the Wall Street Journal reports. Perry has previously defended the use of the Confederate flag in his state.

Perry's opposition to the plates "is just his personal belief," a spokeswoman for the governor. "He still believes this a matter for the Department of Motor Vehicles to decide." The Texas DMV board—appointed by the governor—deadlocked in a previous vote on the plates and will vote again in a few weeks. "It sounds like politics," complained a former Sons of Confederate Veterans commander. "I certainly hope our plate will be approved, because the proceeds from that project will allow us to do much more to memorialize those who fought for Texas and the South." Perry also declared yesterday that he has no doubt that President Obama is a US citizen. (Read more Rick Perry stories.)

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