Perry 'Taken Aback' by Crowd's Insurance Reaction

GOP should be 'party of life,' he says of those cheering the death question
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2011 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Count Rick Perry among those "taken aback" at the reaction of some in the crowd during a debate question about health insurance last night. (A handful shouted "Yeah!" and cheered to a hypothetical question about whether someone who forgoes insurance should be allowed to die. See the video here.) Asked about it today, the Texas governor replied, "I was a bit taken aback by that myself," reports NBC News.

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"We're the party of life. We ought to be coming up with ways to save lives." He made clear, however, to draw a distinction with the death penalty, which he supports as a matter of "justice," he said. "But the Republican party ought to be about life and protecting, particularly, innocent life," he added. (Read more Rick Perry 2012 stories.)

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