AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax “tea party” with his stance against the federal government and for states’ rights.

Perry told the Austin crowd Wednesday that officials in Washington have abandoned the country’s founding principals. He says the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation and spending.

During his speech to hundreds in a U.S. flag-waving crowd, there were several shouts of “Secede!”

Later, answering news reporters’ questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union. However, Perry says he sees no reason why Texas should make such a move.

Perry’s running for re-election against Republican rival U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.