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.

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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. J.V.Hodgson

    I gotcha Governor Perry 2nd time presidential hopeful, you don't care about our bill of rights an constitution against cruel and unusual punishment.
    And its alright in the name of the we the people to kill someone .
    Y'all goin' to have to explain to me a poor simple minded soul, uneducated, simpleton, can in any way make killing someone, by whatever " scientific means" is not cruel and unusual punishment. and for yo' all evangelicals inTO Texas
    the ten commandments are clear " thou shalt not kill" and IN OTHER SCRIPTURE WE ARE ENCOURAGED "turn the other cheek."
    Murderers ( single or multiple never mind how heinous need to be removed from society) QED terrorists that kill and maim people as well.
    when convicted they shall be incarcerated in an environment that never allows them to do anything life threatening again. Personally I would feed and clothe them in total isolation with twice a DAY INDIVIDUAL EXECERCISE OF THEIR CHOICE, and no access to TV media or books or anything the people they killed would have had access to.
    Most of these people in that environment would die well within the nonsense legal processes that precede the actual State license to Kill which is unconstitutional in my eyes.

    May 5, 2014 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  2. BatteryChef

    Yeah I hope Rick Perry runs for president. Having no chance of winning, I would like to see him spend lots of money so we can all watch him fail again.

    May 5, 2014 03:32 am at 3:32 am |

    Keep a mike in front of Dopey Rick Perry. He will sink.

    May 5, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
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