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July 12, 2008

Senator Obama endorses death penalty for Osama Bin Laden

The CNN political ticker has this new report on the death penalty becoming a point of conversation on the campaign trail:

Barack Obama again said Friday he favors the death penalty for Osama bin Laden should the 9/11 mastermind be captured. In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said bin Laden's actions have justified capital punishment. "If he was captured alive, then we would make a decision to bring the full weight of not only U.S. justice, but world justice down on him," Obama said during the interview, the entirety of which is set to air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

"I am not a cheerleader for the death penalty — I think it has to be reserved for only the most heinous crimes," Obama also said. "But I certainly think plotting and engineering the death of 3,000 Americans justifies such an approach."

July 12, 2008 at 09:34 AM | Permalink


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It's going to hard for Obama to lose this election, but one fast way to do it would be to come out and say that Osama should get something less than the death penalty.

So, politically, it's a no-brainer. It also happens to be correct as a matter of justice. A more appalling crime than random mass murder is difficult to conceive.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 12, 2008 2:29:35 PM

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