Video: Perry defends Texas's use of the death penalty

Twitter consensus seems to be that this was his most effective answer of the night. Not a subject that’ll matter much in the primary, but prepare to see this clip again in Democratic attack ads in the general when they go to work on him over Cameron Todd Willingham and other high-profile executions in Texas.

I support capital punishment in certain cases but I’ve never felt moved to actually applaud for it. What exactly is the audience clapping for here? The sheer number? Click the image to watch.