Most Candidates Come Out for Torture

In the case of torture, the majority of the Republican candidates said they would support it—with the notable exceptions of Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman. Paul said, “What are we doing here?” when describing torture, while calling it “immoral” earlier. Huntsman asserted that waterboarding is torture, despite the opinion of many Republicans to the contrary. Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain both said they supported “enhanced interrogation techniques,” and Rick Perry took on Paul’s comments by saying, “I am for the techniques—not torture—that will save young American lives, and I will be for it until I die.”