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Politics and the death penalty: for Clinton and Trump, safest stance may be silence

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The Guardian (UK) quoted Professor Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about why neither presidential candidate has addressed the death penalty on the campaign trail.

In campaign 2016, the safest stance on the ultimate punishment may be silence. Both candidates need to woo disaffected members of the other’s party. Neither can afford to lose their own loyal base.

“Why bring it up if it’s going to stir the pot if you don’t have to?” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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