Bush makes gaffe over death penalty

Thursday, March 01, 2001
George W Bush has made an embarrassing gaffe over the death penalty.

The US President told a gathering in Nebraska that the death penalty is unfair to voters when he meant to say the death tax is unfair.

President Bush is an advocate of capital punishment and quickly corrected himself as his audience laughed.

He said: "Those of us who have spent some time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland understand how unfair the death penalty is - the death tax is - and we need to get rid of it."

He added: "I don't want to get rid of the death penalty. Just the death tax."

President Bush was making a speech about his proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut.

The death tax is levied on a person's assets once he or she has died. This may include their home, savings, bank accounts and family heirlooms as well as business assets.