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Gov. Rick Perry defends death penalty in Texas

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry defended his state's use of the death penalty in the wake of a botched execution in neighboring Oklahoma.

“I think we have an appropriate process in place from the standpoint of the appeals process to make sure that due process is addressed,” the Republican Perry said on NBC's “Meet the Press.”

“And the process of the actual execution, I will suggest to you, is very different from Oklahoma,” he added. “We only use one drug. But I'm confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the state of Texas are appropriate.”

In Oklahoma, convicted killer Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack after the dose of drugs administered through lethal injection did not work properly.

The episode prompted a fresh debate among lawmakers about the use of the death penalty, and on Friday, President Obama instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review of federal standards.

Though Perry urged Oklahoma to examine their process, he criticized Obama’s approach to the issue.

“There may be appropriate [time] for a pause in Oklahoma, but here's where the president and I disagree,” Perry said.

“He all too often -- whether it's on health care or whether it's on education or whether it's on this issue of how states deal with the death penalty -- he looks for a one-size-fits-all solution, centric to Washington,” the governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate added.

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