Danny Huizinga, writer for Consider Again, penned an article describing the changes in the national death penalty discussion. Huizinga said,
Last week, former congressman Ron Paul wrote a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry urging clemency for Scott Panetti, a schizophrenic man who killed his wife’s parents in 1992. Paul, a vocal libertarian who campaigned in the 2012 Republican primary, said he used to support the death penalty but no longer does.
He went on to say,
A 2014 Gallup poll shows that support for the death penalty among Republicans is 76 percent, 5 percentage points lower than last year. This is the second-lowest point for death penalty support among Republicans since 1988 (the lowest point was 73 percent in 2011).
Huizinga quoted me in his article,
“I have traveled across the country talking to thousands of conservatives over the last year,” said Marc Hyden, National Coordinator of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. “Many of them have changed their views and many more are voicing strong concerns, and the conservative media is now routinely covering the conservative case against the death penalty.”