July 24th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Executed inmate makes presidential endorsement

Death penalty opponents gather outside of Bishop's execution site Wednesday.
Death penalty opponents gather outside of Bishop's execution site Wednesday.

(CNN) - Support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama extend to death row Wednesday.

According to The Jackson Clarion Ledger, a Mississippi newspaper, death row inmate Dale Leo Bishop's final words before being executed Wednesday night included an appeal to Americans to vote for the Illinois senator.

"For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end, our best bet is to vote for Barack Obama because his supporters have been working behind the scenes to end this practice," Bishop said, according to the paper.

Bishop was convicted in 2000 of participating in the murder of a man who was beaten to death with a claw hammer two years earlier. Bishop himself did not deliver the fatal blow and, not including contract killings, is only the eighth person executed who did not directly kill his victim since the death penalty was reinstated 32 years ago, according to the paper.

Obama himself is not explicitly against the death penalty, saying it should be reserved for "only the most heinous crimes." He also said he disagreed with a Supreme Court decision last month that struck down the death penalty for child rape.

"I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes," Obama said then. "I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime and if a state makes a decision that under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances the death penalty is at least potentially applicable that that does not violate our Constitution."

He's also said he would support the death penalty for Osama bin Laden.

Watch: Obama tells Fareed Zakaria he favors the death penalty for bin Laden


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Who gives a crap what someone on death row has to say? I dont. I could care less. I think we should take everyone in the country on death row and carry out that punishment.

    July 24, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. rw md

    This is so pitifull that this even come's out.
    Obviously the man got a hold of some bad drugs before
    they offed him.
    This election can't be over too soon for me, whoever wins
    is going to get thousands more of our men killed in
    Afganistan.
    They beat the Russians with our help, remember the
    stinger missles we gave Bin Laden and the Muja Hadin,
    the ones they were supposed to return after the war, well
    they still have them.

    July 24, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Mama D

    CNN,

    Why don't you write about how Mccain's first wife stuck by his side while he was a POW for five years and then as soon as she gets into a car accident and get disfigured John Mccain runs off with his now million dollar wife!! Write about how Cindy popped pills and committed adultery along with John, while he was still married to first wife!! I guess the GOP morals don't matter no more huh?

    July 24, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Lucy

    Nobama on the death penalty, again vague. Does anyone except the blind sighted obamatrons, know where this man stands, for more than 30 seconds, on anything??????? What a joke!!! Only in America!!!!

    July 24, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. william spivey

    I never realized there was so many racist rednecks in this country, but then again I'm not surprised. Shows a lack of education for all those kids left behind.

    July 24, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Sweetie

    What a Joke!

    Who votes based on what Criminals want?

    Liberal Democrats?

    McCain 08

    July 24, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Susan

    Go ahed CNN, keep adding to useless news. You are hoping to see how the Rethuglicans can spin this against Obama ! This is why I watch MSNBC. Other than Jack Cafferty, the rest of your reporters are so in the bag for McLame it is hideous. Journalists they are not!

    July 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Claudia

    Personally I don't care what a criminal thinks, he got what he deserved and doesn't deserve any news coverage.

    July 24, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. sarah

    most criminals do support obama since his policies a good for them. hand outs, welfare, get out of jail free cards, they are just misunderstood he says, they need help and understanding. yeah right.

    July 24, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Sara

    First, Jerusalem is, always has been and always will be the capital of Isarel. No, this is not for anyone to change, especially not a muslim, anti-Jewish and Israel presidentail candidate. Obama is a liar and anyone who belives his lies about being a lover of Israel is gullible. He does not have the right to decide what should happen in that country. Neither will he bring peace with all these talks with presidents of countries that threaten the safety of Israel and other countries. Hopefully enough people will see through him in time and know the truth.

    July 24, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Obama/Hillary 08

    Obama experience will get US ahead again in the world.
    He is the man for the job; the best one. you get experience by doing a job with this say neither McCain or Obama have been president before so none of them have that experience. This nonsense that Obama has no experience need to stop because Mccain has none as well. United States of America for Barack Obama

    July 24, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. INDEPENDENT NOW

    oh please!!!! Are you kidding me? Death row inmate supports Obama. I cant beleive this is news. I got an idea let all the inmates drink the koolaide and we will be rid of all of them. For someone whose right to vote has been taken from him. good riddens dude. You dont help Obamas cause my dear. I wouldnt vote for him before you endorsed him and definatly wont now!

    July 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Lisa

    NEW TICKER!!!!

    Man falls off roof endorces obama during free fall.

    July 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Tired of W, OH

    C from Texas wrote: "How can you be against the death penalty and for abortions? Seems like a double standard to me."

    C, that door swings both ways. I've seen plenty of pro-lifers who whole-heartedly support the death penalty. A death is a death.

    July 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    I oppose the death penalty but not voting for Obama. The issue is clearly who is qualified and shown through their service to America, that they should be elected. Obama has never done a thing for this country, comes out of the woodworks and want to become president?

    July 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. marianna

    This is fricken excellent !!!

    A convicted murderer pitches to stop a practice of executing murderers and endorses a politician who could be against the death penalty. What is he thinking and what was he thinking when he hammered his victim to death? That he can do it, but he could not be killed for killing somebody.

    This is just fricken ridiculous !!!

    July 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Daniel

    Bush lied thousands died, and McBush wants the same!

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    It's clear that in a Democracy like America based on judaeo-christian values–no life should ever be taken by the government.

    In the old testament they stoned and flogged people to death. This is not part of the new testament.

    Jesus would not approve.

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. georgia

    The fear & extreme hate in some of you is quite pitiful & sad.

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Eli

    They forgot to tell you that this man was bi-polar and was first diagnosed with this in prison. So once again just like Pelosi, Dean and others you can not go by what they say if they have a disorder. DEMOCRAT for anyone other than Obama.

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Swampy

    "How can you be against the death penalty and for abortions? Seems like a double standard to me."

    Senator Obama hasn't indicated he's for abortions, only that he doesn't believe the government has a legal basis for outlawing them. That's why that side of the argument is called pro-*choice*

    My question to you is: how can you be against abortion but in favor of the death penalty? THAT'S your double standard, my friends.

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. S Callahan

    What distrubs me is this man did not committ the murder but was an accessory to the crime....so where the justice in taking his life (was the murder's life taken?)? Life in prison would have been justice, a deterant to the foolish youth who hang with those who make poor decisions/choices.
    I agree with Obama that this act is and should be reserved for the worst of the worst, and much legal and moral appllications applied before a life is removed from this earth.
    In my law book, God is the one who doles out jtrue ustice!

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. McCain Lies!

    RepublicanforObama – thanks for your support regarding Obama. You are an enlightened voter. Sorry you feel that some Obama supporters are ignorant however when I look at some of these posts from Republicans for mccain I wonder how they ever made it live. They are vicious and the names they call Barack are unforgiveable besides they downright lie. So I guess both sides are guilty of this.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Freddy

    The death penalty is only good if you use it. Sitting on death row for 20yrs while appeal after appeal goes thru is nothing. Half of death row inmates die of old age. I agree with "an eye for an eye". You are convicted and get the death sentence you get one appeal. If the conviction is not overturned then you are put to death 24-48hrs later. Not sitting in some cell so my tax dollars pay for you to have all the comforts of home except freedom per say.

    I agree with Obama. You rape a small child. We put you to death no if's and's or but's about it.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. mike s.

    flip-floppin' obama. has built much of his political career in the state senate on opposing the death penalty, but since deciding that he would run for president has really watered down that position. no surprise there. this truly is the candidate of change: changes his mind about as often as the political winds change direction.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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