Hillary Clinton has not said whether she believes prosecutors should seek the death penalty in the Charleston, S.C. shooting case, in which Dylann Roof is accused in the killings of nine people at a historically black church.
The Huffington Post presented
the Democratic presidential front-runner's campaign with the question, and followed up for several days, but got no answer.
The Justice Department announced that it would seek the death penalty for Roof, age 22. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sent an email to the Huffington Post
in which he stated that he opposes the death penalty in all cases.
Clinton has said she favors the death penalty in "egregious cases," according to the New York Times
Jim Geraghty of National Review
called on Clinton to "say something," pointing out that disagreement is acceptable on the issue, because "smart, moral people" disagree on it.
However, he said he believes her silence on the matter points to a larger issue in Clinton's run for presidency: that she is not willing to stake a claim on an opinion.
"This is Hillary Clinton: playing it safe, running everything through focus groups, looking for every calculable political advantage," he said. "We know she has a view on this, but she doesn't want to tell us, for fear we won't like it or it might cost her votes."
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