The death-penalty debate is being revived as Connecticut moves to become the next state to ban capital punishment.
But discussion of the issue was blocked at the White House where Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to allow Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent and the second-most senior reporter on the beat, to pursue the issue.
Instead, Carney allowed CBS News to ask seven questions and Bloomberg and AP four each. Some 19 other reporters also were allowed to ask questions.
Kinsolving had hoped to ask: “Connecticut reportedly is about to become the 17th state abolish capital punishment. Does the president support or oppose the death penalty?”
He also wanted to know whether Obama believes executions should be “hidden” inside prisons or be televised to “show how much we opposed killing.”
It was reported just days ago that Connecticut’s House of Representatives had approved the repeal of the state’s death penalty.
The vote was 86-62 to abolish the penalty, and the bill now goes to Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy, who reportedly endorses the idea.
There now are 11 men on death row in Connecticut, and state officials say even if the bill becomes law, those penalties would not be changed because the law would apply only to future offenses.
Obama’s position on the death penalty has changed over time, according to a report in the New York Times.
The report said in 1996, Obama opposed the penalty. And he wrote in his book “The Audacity of Hope” that death penalty punishments do little “to deter crime.”
When he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, he favored the penalty.
Here is his perspective when he was running for the Senate.
The Times reported Obama wants the penalty available for the few cases that are “beyond the pale,” but he notes that he doesn’t believe it has been applied equitably.