During the debate on Wednesday night, the conservative audience cheered the execution record of Texas Governor Rick Perry.
“Your state has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times,” NBC’s Brian Williams told Perry as the conservative audience cheered and applauded. “Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent?”
“No, sir, I’ve never struggled with that at all,” Perry stated. “In the state of Texas, if you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you’re involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is you will be executed.”
The audience cheered again at Perry’s mention of “the ultimate justice.”
“What do you make of that dynamic that just happened here, the mention of the execution of 234 people drew applause?” Williams asked.
“I think Americans understand justice,” Perry explained. “I think Americans are clearly in the vast majority of cases, supportive of capital punishment. When you have committed heinous crimes against our citizens, and it’s a state-by-state issue, but in the state of Texas, our citizens have made that decision, and they made it clear, and they don’t want you to commit those crimes against our citizens, and if you do, you will face the ultimate justice.”
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What is very interesting here, is that conservatives claim to be “pro-life”. They always say that abortions claim innocent lives. So what if an innocent man is executed in Texas? Does that not deserve their attention as well? Ricky Perry never even stopped to consider that a man condemned to die may in fact be innocent. You can’t say that you are “pro-life” and then cheer wildly about the number of executions performed in a state. Especially when some of those people, may have been innocent.