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Video: Arundel council candidate sings 'Dixie,' calls for secession in 2012 speech

First, Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka talks about the need to destroy the "current regime," secede and establish a government based on the Bible. 

Then he asks the crowd to stand for the National Anthem.

But Peroutka does not sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

He plucks the guitar and sings: 

"Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton

Old times there are not forgotten

Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land"

Is that....

Yup, Peroutka's National Anthem is "Dixie."

The video, which has been widely circulated and posted on various websites including Gawker, was recorded at the 2012 conference of the pro-secessionist League of the South, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a "neo-Confederate hate group."

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Glen Burnie, Peroutka addressed the video. Asked by reporters if his actions in the video were an error, Peroutka said, “No I don’t think it was a mistake.”

In June, shortly before eking out a narrow victory in the Fifth District Republican primary, Peroutka acknowledged his membership in the League of the South, but said he was neither anti-government nor racist, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood

In the video clip, Peroutka says that "this regime is beyond reform. That is an obvious fact."

"I don't want people from League of the South for one minute to think I'm about reforming the current regime," he says. 

"You need to secede and then you need to have the Biblical understanding of law and government and make the applications," he says.

Peroutka, an attorney, is running to represent a district that includes Severna Park, Arnold and the Broadneck peninsula. 

Staff reporter Joe Burris contributed to this story.

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