Hillary Clinton says she does not want to abolish the death penalty

(Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times)

At a Politics & Eggs breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was forced to address the death penalty for the first time in her presidential campaign, when a voter asked about her position on the issue. “We have a lot of evidence now that the death penalty has been too frequently applied, and too often in a discriminatory way,” Clinton replied. “So I think we have to take a hard look at it.”

Unlike her two major Democratic rivals, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, however, she added that she did not favor abolishing it completely as “there are certain egregious cases that still deserve the consideration of the death penalty, but I’d like to see those be very limited and rare, as opposed to what we’ve seen in most states.” Liberals who are in favor of getting rid of the death penalty — an issue that became timely again after failed lethal injections in several states — expressed their disappointment at Clinton’s stance.

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