Rick Perry took a post-debate defeat lap around the Dartmouth College campus on Tuesday evening, during which he took questions from members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Pressed on the issue of states' rights by one woman in attendance, Perry responded:
"Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact, they were very much afraid of that because they'd just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought-process and planning and what you have you. And then it was actually the reason that we fought the [American] Revolution in the 16th century — was to get away from that kind of onerous crown, if you will."