Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke out about the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate and also hints at a White House run in 2016.
The governor said, "something went terribly wrong" during the execution, but declined to call it inhumane. Speaking on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Perry said he thought it was appropriate for Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to delay an upcoming execution as state officials investigate what went wrong in the Tuesday execution of Clayton Lockett, who appeared to writhe in pain until dying of a heart attack. Perry said he's confident in Texas' ability to carry out executions properly and still supports the death penalty.
"In Texas for substantially long period of time, our citizens have decided that if you kill our children, if you kill our police officers, for those very heinous crimes, that the appropriate punishment is the death penalty. I think we have an appropriate process in place from the standpoint of the appeals process to make sure that due process is addressed and the process of the actual execution I will suggest to you is very different from Oklahoma. We only use one drug, but I'm confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the State of Texas are appropriate," said Perry.
He added that each state should decide for itself whether to have executions. The botched execution got worldwide attention and has driven calls for new legal challenges.
Meantime, the governor also left it open for a possible run for the White House in 2016.
"I think America is a place that believes in second chances. I think that we see more character out of an individual by how do you perform after you fail and you go forward? So I'm really focused on the next nine months of being governor of the State of Texas," said Perry.
You'll recall, Perry's 2012 campaign was infamous for several verbal gaffes.