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    Gingrich Pushed Execution for Drug Smugglers

    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 23:  Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) makes a point as he participates in the NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate held at the University of South Florida on January 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The debate is the first of two before the Florida primaries on January 31st.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Despite attempts to paint himself as a “Washington Outsider,” Newt Gingrich was a member of U.S. Congress for 20 years, four of which he spent as the speaker of the House of Representatives. So he has a record of pushing ideas and legislation, such as the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996. This bill proposes a life sentence for anyone caught bringing relatively small amounts—such as more than two ounces of marijuana—of drugs into the country, and execution for repeat offenders. Not only does this unpassed bill propose the death penalty for a nonviolent crime, it was strangely pushed by a lawmaker who is himself a confessed pot smoker.

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