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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state’s Attorney General Greg Abbott wasn’t making a dare against the federal government over a land rights dispute; it was a promise.

“He is on the right side of this issue, not just for the people of the State of Texas, he’s on the right side of this issue from the private property rights standpoint,” Perry said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

“I don’t think Americans want to see another one of these exhibitions from the federal government of them coming in with armed troops over an issue that ought to be taken care of with a little common sense,” Perry told guest host Stuart Varney.

“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,” Brietbart Texas reported Abbott as saying.

Abbott wrote a letter to Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze about his concerns that the agency is trying to take 90,000 acres of land along the Red River from private citizens who have owned it for years.

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