California Candidates Speak to Death Penalty
Here is the portion of the transcript from the Wednesday gubernatorial debate in California on the issue of the death penalty. [Ed. The source text was all in capital letters, so we changed it to lower case to make it more readable, but some uncapitalized letters will seem strange.]
Bottom line: Arianna and Canejo are opposed to the death penalty. Bustamante and the Republicans favor it. Camejo also opposes three strikes laws when minor crimes are the third strike.
Shandobil: the next question is from john myers, directed toward arianna huffington.
Myers: Ms. Huffington, one of the most solemn jobs of a governor is his or hers involvement in the sentence for death. You've called for a moratorium on capital punishment because of a racial disparity in the process and factually innocent people sentenced to death. Are you philosophically opposed to the death penalty or its application.
Huffington: I'm philosophically opposed to the death penalty and very opposed to the way it has been applied in california and across the country. At a time when new dna testing has known that innocent people are being put to death by government, I absolutely would want a moratorium. The only reason we do not have more elected officials asking for a moratorium is because they only follow the polling results and they are spineless to speak their own minds and hearts. That is we need independent discussion on the issues of death penalty and others in the state.
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