"It's a necessary part of our criminal justice system for those crimes

for which there is no other alternative. But God help the person who

ever does it without a conscience and feels the pain of it."


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Huckabee supports the death penalty, but does not necessarily like it. He wrote a book called From
Hope to Higher Ground and in his passages he wrote: "The death penalty is a tough issue. Some
crimes deserve it but that does not mean I like it
." He said that carrying out the death penalty was
the worst part of his job as governer in Arkansas. He had to carry out the death penalty more than
any other governor in the history of Arkansas. "It is not something I am proud of."

"Whether we should even have a death penalty is a tough issue. I believe some crimes deserve it, but
that does not mean I like it. I do believe it should be an option, but carrying out the death penalty was
unquestionably the worst part of my job as governor. 17 times I sat by a phone with an open line to the
death chamber, and gave the verbal order for the lethal injection. I never slept well those nights. I did
the job that the law prescribed for me to do, but I hated every minute of it."
-- From Hope to Higher Ground