At a campaign event in Manchester New Hampshire on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she supports keeping the death penalty in place on the federal level.
Hillary Rodham Clinton had planned to focus her remarks Wednesday at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Manchester, N.H., in support of the politically fraught, if somewhat arcane, issue of the Export-Import Bank and how it helps small businesses in the United States.
But a voter’s question about the death penalty pushed Mrs. Clinton to confront the heated issue for the first time in the Democratic nominating contest.
Asked her position on capital punishment, Mrs. Clinton said she did not support abolishing the death penalty, but she did encourage the federal government to rethink it.
While I’m sure Clinton’s support for the death penalty will win her points with some people, I’m not among them. Time and time again the death penalty has proven to be both ineffective as a deterrant and unequally applied in regards to race, and it’s time our nation rethinks its policy when it comes to the death penalty.