question mark 2.jpgModerator Tim Russert posed the following to Sen. Hillary Clinton during the September 26 Democrat presidential debate:

RUSSERT: I want to move to another subject, and this involves a comment that a guest on “Meet the Press” made, and I want to read it, as follows: “Imagine the following scenario. We get lucky. We get the number three guy in Al Qaida. We know there’s a big bomb going off in America in three days and we know this guy knows where it is. Don’t we have the right and responsibility to beat it out of him? You could set up a law where the president could make a finding or could guarantee a pardon. Should there be a presidential exception to allow torture in that kind of situation?”

In actuality, this was a pro-life question, and a particularly deep one if the extent of torture allowed in this scenario could lead to death. So I’ll likewise pose it to you.
(FYI, Clinton’s response was, “As a matter of policy it cannot be American policy period….” Then, in a classic journalist “gotcha” moment, Russert responded: “The guest who laid out this scenario for me with that proposed solution was William Jefferson Clinton last year. So he disagrees with you.” See video of entire exchange here.)

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