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Candidate Positions on Capital punishment

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: Do you favor or oppose capital punishment?
Michael CumminsMichael Cummins ANSWER OPTION: I am in favor for acts of terrorism, capital murder and sex offenders.

Jim OberstarJim Oberstar ANSWER OPTION: Consistent with my support for the sanctity of life, I do not support capital punishment. I believe that we must have stiff penalties for those who commit violent crimes, but I do not feel the death penalty should be one of the options for either the federal government or the states. It has always been my strong belief that the government has no right to selectively take life away from one of its citizens. My feeling is that a life sentence without parole is a more just and moral punishment for convicted criminals. The State of Minnesota is a shining example of an effective criminal justice system without the death penalty.