Before NBC’s Brian Williams could even finish asking Rick Perry on Wednesday if he had any trouble sleeping after having allowed the executions of more people than any other modern governor, the crowd at the Reagan Library debate erupted in joyous whistles and applause for the Texan. They did it again when Perry said criminals in Texas face “the ultimate justice.”

Perry said he had no regrets about the executions or fears that he had presided over the death of an innocent, even though there is strong evidence such a tragedy has occurred under Perry’s watch. — PZS

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