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Beto O’rourke says he’s opposed to the death penalty for El Paso mass-shooter

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On his way to the site of the Oklahoma City bombing on Monday, the Democratic presidential candidate Beto O ‘ Rourke confirmed that he is categorically against the death penalty — even in cases of convicted terrorists Timothy McVeigh and the El Paso mass-shooter who killed 22 Wal-Mart Shopper earlier this month in the district he once represented in Congress.

“I don’t agree with the death penalty,” O’rourke told reporters. “I don’t know that another life is that the transaction lives for the future. I understand that some people feel differently, and it is difficult to argue with you, after he lost the faces of the living.

“It’s hard to argue, with those in El Paso, feel the same way, if someone came and killed 22 people in our community. … This is my opinion, and — but I understand those who feel differently about you,” he said.

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O’rourke once said that non-violent offenders should be able to vote while behind bars, stopping short of the guy the White house hopeful Bernie Sanders, has called for the total liberation of all criminals, including the Boston Marathon bombers.

Beto O’rourke, is surrounded by reporters as he walks to cross an international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

The former Texas Congressman the comments came after he announced last week he would reset his resounding presidential campaign, with a harder sound and a new focus on domestic terrorism and armed violence.

O’rourke’s position puts him in conflict with the authorities of his own state, and the justice Department. Prosecutors in Texas have announced they will seek the death penalty against El Paso assassin, the 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, as domestic terrorism and hate crimes investigation unfolds.

In July, attorney General Bill Barr, the Federal government said, government will continue the death penalty and will move forward with plans to execute five prisoners on death row for the first time in more than 15 years.

“It is good that Robert Francis O’rourke will never be President and will be done in the way of justice in this case,” trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News late Monday night, with O ‘Rourke’ s legal name.

O’rourke is the rejection of the death penalty is one of the most recent change of course. In March, he apologized for the relevant legislation in the year 2017, it would be easier to track the use of the death penalty in cases where police officers or other emergency workers were targeted and murdered. The bill, called The Thin blue line Act, was not adopted by the Senate.

O’rourke is in favour of the law, he launched his ultimately unsuccessful bid to defeat incumbent Texas GOP sen.Ted Cruz came shortly thereafter.

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“I think the attack on a police officer should be an aggravating factor, but I don’t think that should contribute to the taking of another life,” O’rourke said, earlier this year “And so, that was a mistake on my part and I would have had the votes again, I would not vote for him.”

At the same time, O’rourke has made it clear what he feels might prevent future massacres: change in the White house. On Sunday, O’rourke directly to President trump for the massacre in El Paso, say accused, it was a “cost and consequence” of his rhetoric.

“It was not until this moment that I really understood how important this moment is and the real consequence and costs from Donald Trump,” O’rourke told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, says Robert Francis O’rourke’s comment that Trump is an accomplice in a mass murder, is far beyond the limit.

In his Manifesto, the El Paso-shooter a series of issues, including immigration and ecofascism, or the militant environmental movement cited. The shooter said, his views are older than the trump campaign.

However, O’rourke said the government raids against illegal immigration sent an unmistakable signal.

“There is a common, organized attack against immigrants, against people of other skin color, against those who said don’t look or pray like them or love like the majority in this country,” O’rourke. “And this moment will be with us one way or the other determine. And if we don’t Wake up to it, I am convinced that we lose America, this country, in our sleep. And we must not allow that to happen.“

O’rourke, in a speech last Thursday in the face of the stagnant and deep water-survey values, announced that he would not. the President’s choice to leave to challenge Republican sen. John Cornyn next year He said: “that would be good enough” for El Paso and its shooting victims work to do because this is the only recording to Trump.

Trump’s re-election campaign, said that O’rourke was strengthen with the tragedy “to his struggling presidential candidacy.”

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“O’rourke’s is to launch a second campaign is likely to end in failure, just like his first” Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Samantha cotton said in a statement.

O’rourke had tried a larger strategy shift in the last few months, increasingly, his TV appearances, and it was followed by a series of political proposals, to show the try that he did not prioritize political style over substance. These efforts failed to capture, the strong buzz and fundraising O’rourke had upon entering the presidential election in March, however, and he remained plagued by low fundraising and polling for.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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