Gov. Perry talks botched Oklahoma execution; potential 2016 run
May 4th, 2014
11:39 AM ET
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Gov. Perry talks botched Oklahoma execution; potential 2016 run

Washington (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that while last week’s execution in Oklahoma was clearly botched, there’s no need for sweeping changes in capital punishment laws across the country.

Clayton Lockett, a convicted murderer, died almost 45 minutes after his execution began last week at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester when one of his veins collapsed during the administration of a previously unused combination of lethal injection drugs.

Witnesses said Lockett was left on the execution table writhing in pain as a doctor tried to find another vein to inject the drugs. He later died of an apparent heart attack.

The incident renewed a debate over the death penalty and led President Barack Obama to order the Justice Department to conduct a review of the drug cocktails used for state executions.

Perry said that while something clearly went terribly wrong with the execution in Oklahoma, that doesn’t mean the system is fouled up nationwide.

The governor said Obama should continue to leave death penalty policies up to the states.

“He looks for a one-size-fits-all solution centric to Washington, D.C.,” Perry said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

“Allow the states, on the issues that aren’t addressed directly by the Constitution, to come up with the solutions.”

2016 aspirations?

Perry also talked about his infamous 2012 presidential campaign, during which he was caught in several notable verbal gaffes.

When asked about a potential 2016 presidential run, Perry seemed to relish the opportunity to try again.

“I think America is a place that believes in second chances. I think that we see more character of an individual by, ‘How do you perform after you fail and you go forward,’” Perry said.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Speaking of botched... Let's ALL welcome Governor Perry to the race.

    However, how about we wait until at least 2015 for folks to get to the starting line...

    May 4, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Thomas

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that while last week’s execution in Oklahoma was clearly botched, there’s no need for sweeping changes in capital punishment laws across the country. Perry said that while something clearly went terribly wrong with the execution in Oklahoma, that doesn’t mean the system is fouled up nationwide.

    Ask the Candidates: Should Texas Test Groundwater Before Fracking?

    May 4, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. don in albuquerque

    This is just hilarious. From one of the kings of "kill em all, let God sort em out". W would also fall into this line of royalty. Texans, God help us.

    May 4, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is going to be fun to watch. Idiots like Perry and Santorum are going to tarnish legitimate candidates like Jeb. Hillary is a shoe in!

    May 4, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Rusty Krus

    Snappy new glasses and a freshly laundered toupee. Rick is looking sharp! Too bad he's the same old dullard.

    May 4, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Mary Waterton

    What makes me sick to my stomach is all the liberal activist news journalists crying because Clayton Lockett may have suffered a little as he died. This murderer buried a child ALIVE. Where are the tears for her suffering???

    May 4, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What makes my sick to MY stomach, Mary, is that people like you seem to believe that compassion exists ONLY for the killer and NOT the victim, just because they don't agree with executions. YOU are sorely mistaken in such an assumption.

    Two wrongs make a right?

    May 4, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Chris-E...al

    I dont know how 0bama sleeps at night with all that compassion for that evil murderer i have no mercy to give either now .

    May 4, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. yeahright

    Mary Waterton, I have heard no one defending what this man did. Not one. However, we have a Constitution and the 8th Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. As a society we have enacted laws which spell out how death sentences are carried out. This did not meet those laws. That fact in no way diminished what was done to that child.
    If you want Old Testament an Eye for an Eye there are many places in the world for you to move that you may find more to your liking. .

    May 4, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Good Ole Mr. Wilson

    @Mary Waterton
    What makes me sick to my stomach is all the liberal activist news journalists crying because Clayton Lockett may have suffered a little as he died. This murderer buried a child ALIVE. Where are the tears for her suffering???

    Spoken like a true Christian. Jesus would be so proud of you.

    May 4, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. drake mallard

    hey rick How do glasses make you look smarter?

    May 4, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Mary Waterton: "What makes me sick to my stomach is all the liberal activist news journalists crying because Clayton Lockett may have suffered a little as he died. This murderer buried a child ALIVE. Where are the tears for her suffering???"

    There are plenty of tears for her suffering – I have not heard one report where any attempt was made to gloss over the facts of Lockett's crime.

    What is being addressed here is upholding the Eighth Amendment. If you don't understand the importance of that then, well, you're hopeless.

    May 4, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. GODZILLA1

    Wearing glasses doesn't make Perry smart. He is still dumber than a bucket of frogs, and the frogs look a whole lot better too.

    May 4, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who lost a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is leaving the door wide open for another run in 2016.

    "I think America is a place that believes in second chances ?

    Like executing a person twice ?

    May 4, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Bubba

    Perry, Jindal, Christie???????????????? The GOP is highly determined to ensure that Hillary becomes our next President.

    May 4, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. NamejJK. SFL. VOTE THE GOP ANTI-HEALTHCARE PARTY OUT iN NOVEMBER AND THE NEW RNC CHAIRMAN CLIVE BUNDY SHOWING THEIR TRUE COLORS

    DAH, what's the name of that third country we have trouble with??????china Korea ,and and and??????

    May 4, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Rick Perry / Doctor Sleep 2016

    It's the thought that counts !

    May 4, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. sandyc

    Dear Governor Perry. I do appreciate your comments on the botched execution.

    I do, however, sincerely hope you do not run in 2016.

    May 4, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. stormchaser101

    I see governor OOP'S is at it again.no chance of him ever being pres.tea party is over

    May 4, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Tom

    ABP! ABP! ABP! ABP! It's never too early to jump on the "Anybody But Perry" bandwagon....

    May 4, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Just another half wit remark, from a nit wit. Why can't this dummy realize that his input is not needed, or wanted. GO AWAY.

    May 4, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. yerkiddinright

    Rick Perry: If I were elected president, I'd leave every important decision up to the states, i.e. someone else.

    Quite the leader there Rickster.

    May 4, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. S. B. Stein

    The problem Perry doesn't see is that there are many people move from state to state and need a common set of rules. He doesn't understand that until there is a competent non-profit that will do the work that government is currently doing, there is a need of government to take care of the citizens and people under the area it controls.

    May 4, 2014 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. ****8****

    Governors are gross.

    May 4, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  25. valveone

    I'm just astonished and bewildered that the Republican party. Keep's doing the same thing over and over and over and one more time OVER AGAIN. How many more millions of dollars are going to be spent on Benghazi. Yes it was a tragedy just like all the other tragedy's that happen to the other embassy's under both Republican and Democrats watch. There were more embassy's being attacked under Bush. But the Republican's were no were to be found. Will there be a third committee "over again"

    May 5, 2014 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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