Dems Strike Death Penalty Backing From Platform

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The Democratic party platform being adopted this week includes one significant omission from the 1992, 1996, and 2000 versions, reports The drafting committee removed the section of the document that endorsed capital punishment. For the first time since the 1980s, Democrats will not be campaigning on a pro-death penalty program. On the question of execution, John Kerry is a very different Democrat from Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Clinton and Gore, while surely aware that capital punishment is an ineffective and racially and economically biased vehicle for fighting crime, were willing to embrace it as a . . .

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