Judging by the reaction on Twitter last night, one of the more interesting moments of last night’s GOP debate came when moderator Brian Williams asked Governor Rick Perry about the death penalty in his state of Texas. Williams note Perry that his state “has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times,” which drew sudden applause from the audience attending the GOP debate held at the Reagan library last night.
Writing for CBS News, Brian Montopoli reports:
As Williams tried to continue asking his question, the crowd broke into applause, prompting Williams to pause.
The moderator then continued: “Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent?”
Perry responded, “no, sir.”
“I’ve never struggled with that at all,” he said. “The state of Texas has a very thoughtful, a very clear process in place of which — when someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing, they go through an appellate process, they go up to the Supreme Court of the United States, if that’s required.”
Regardless of one’s beliefs on capital punishment, many pundits rightly lauded the political savvy of Perry’s unapologetic answer, in particular judging by the crowd’s reaction. Red meat to his loyal followers. It was yet another moment that seems to illustrate the polarized nature of today’s political landscape as many left-leaning Twitter commenters saw this moment the very same moment as hypocritical, not consistency as has been put forth by conservattive commentators.
Watch the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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