McCain Calls Arizona Execution ‘Torture’

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks during a hearing about border security by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 9, 2014.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTR3XUXH

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    This guy knows torture when he sees it. Senator John McCain called the two-hour execution of a death row inmate in his home state "torture." Joseph R. Wood III's drawn-out lethal injection left him gasping for air, according to those on the scene in Arizona on Wednesday. “I believe in the death penalty for certain crimes. But that is not an acceptable way of carrying it out. And people who were responsible should be held responsible,” said McCain, who was tortured for years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expressed concern with the length of the execution, but said "justice was carried out."

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