Skip to comments.A Discussion With Presidential Candidate Congressman Duncan Hunter
Posted on 09/27/2007 7:48:59 AM PDT by WalterSkinner
Tonight I was invited to participate in a conference call for supporters in the Maryland and Virginia region, so I accepted the invitation and found out a few interesting things going on with the Hunter Presidential bid. I also got a question in as youll read below.
Duncan started out by talking about the great momentum his campaign was building, from winning the townhall.com Texas Straw Poll earlier this month to a enthusiastic reception (he was overwhelmed) by Michigan Republicans last weekend at their conference on Mackinac Island. A key factor in his reception among Michiganders was his tough stance on trade, vowing to stop allowing China to cheat on our existing trade agreements and devaluing its currency. Further, China was using these ill-gotten gains to purchase military hardware that (in my personal opinion) will be used against us in the next couple decades.
While the Congressman is low-ranked on most polls, at this point Duncan saw the race as still one predominantly based on name recognition, where candidates like Fred Thompson have an advantage. Once the campaign got more into issue mode, Hunter thought hed start moving up the ladder. To that end, beginning next week Duncan would start buying TV time in key states - one thing that surprised me was how inexpensive commercial time is in certain early primary states ($100 for a spot on Fox News, as one example.) Also Hunter pointed out that these commercials would be featured on his website.
This was in response to the first question that was asked. I asked the second one addressed in the twenty-minute call. It was one Id ask any Republican candidate given the situation here on the Eastern Shore: what policy do you feel is your best for attracting the conservative Democrats to our side to vote for you?
The Congressman likened the situation to that which attracted the Reagan Democrats in 1980, and it was about the same key issue - jobs. Theres pressure on good jobs in this country coming from two fronts - China cheating on its trade agreements as discussed above and illegal immigrants undercutting wages. Hunter gave an example of a drywall contractor who he met in Iowa that employs all American workers getting underbid constantly by unscrupulous contractors employing illegals. Further, Duncan claimed that the established Hispanic community in our country is dead-set against amnesty. I think he qualifies as an expert since he represents San Diego in Congress.
So I thought he gave me a good answer to my question. Then he went further into talking about his efforts to secure the border - Rep. Hunter wrote the law authorizing the double border fence to continue along the entirety of our Mexican border. This is a fence style that has cut smuggling 90% in the San Diego area where it exists now.
Finally, Congressman Hunter urged us to tune into tomorrow nights Baltimore debate. Locally, its on cable channel 22 - for the rest of you its the proverbial check your local listings.
Im a bit concerned about that debate. First of all, most of the so-called top tier aspirants are skipping out. Participating are Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Hunter, Alan Keyes, and Ron Paul. Secondly, the focus will be on minority issues and the audience likely will be less-than-friendly to the GOP. According to the Sun:
Debate planners have been working behind the scenes to produce a program that wont be overly hostile to the Republicans, including an effort to seat an audience that is as neutral as possible, according to a person with knowledge of the preparations.
Still, the candidates who show up will expect tough questioning on issues such as immigration, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and their partys dismal standing with black and Hispanic voters.
Personally, Id love to see Hunter or someone else turn the tables and ask why minority voters continue to vote for a party that has promised them so much yet delivered so little over the last 50 years. I dont believe in minority issues, I believe in American issues.
Well see what Duncan and the others say tomorrow night. Itll be a rare PBS viewing for me, thats for sure.
I heard Hunter on the PBS Newshour last night - he was impressive.
***the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and their partys dismal standing with black and Hispanic voters.***
1. Responsibility starts at the local level.
2. Most don’t care about laws, respect or responsibility.
“I heard Hunter on the PBS Newshour last night - he was impressive.”
He sure was, and here’s a thread and the transcript:
And don’t forget to watch the debate tonight on PBS.
Good news all around. He needs to spend money to make money at this point. Shoot his cash in the early primary states. If I were him I’d focus on Florida advertising in north Florida where it’s more good old boy southern than Miami Vice.
Some China/immigration news. Remember...Duncan Hunter is the only candidate addressing these issues!
Chinese, US citizens charged with espionage in San Francisco
A Chinese national and a US citizen have been charged with conspiring to steal sensitive microchip designs capable of use in military technology, justice officials said Wednesday. The US Attorney’s office in northern California said Lee Lan and Ge Yuefei had been indicted on multiple charges of conspiracy to commit economic espionage and to steal trade secrets.
Lee, 42, a US citizen, and Ge, 34, a Chinese national, had sought to steal secrets from their employer, NetLogics Microsystems, and from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, a statement said.
The two men had set up a company for the purpose of developing and marketing products related to the stolen trade secrets, and had attempted to secure funding from the Chinese government, it added.
“The vigorous enforcement of intellectual property statutes increases the economic vitality of this region, and adds to the security of our nation as a whole,” US attorney Scott Schools said.
“This office is committed to the prosecution of individuals who seek to benefit foreign governments or instrumentalities with stolen trade secrets.”
Lee and Ge have been released on 300,000 dollars bail and must reappear in court on October 29. They face up to 15 years in jail and a 500,000 dollar fine if convicted.
US officials have said China and Russia are spying in the United States at levels close to those of the Cold War.
In July, FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that China’s espionage operations were a “substantial concern” and Beijing was stealing US secrets to boost its fast developing military and economy.
Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported that China’s military had hacked into the Pentagon’s military computer network — though the Chinese government denied the report.
FAIR & EQUITABLE TRADE
ECONOMY & TAXES
SAFETY & SECURITY
FAITH & VALUES
ADDITIONAL AUDIO & VIDEOS
Indeed! I posted link to audio and video:
Check out post #11 for what I think is one of Hunter’s best interviews, and as a lady, may I say he looked especially handsome.
“Some China/immigration news. Remember...Duncan Hunter is the only candidate addressing these issues!”
Even ABC News did a story about Red China last night, and said that thousands have been hacking our computers from Red China, and with a few key strokes they could take out our electricity, banks, etc.
CBS even did a story on illegal immigration last night. Complete with the story of how easy it is to bring a nuc over the border.
Yes, DUNCAN Hunter!
A man who means what he says, and whose words match his record.
>>>or someone else...
I’ve heard some great speeches from Rev. Perryman and Star Parker on that topic.
Excellent related link:
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