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Vanity: THE GOP nominee for '08; His name is Duncan Hunter
bushfamfan | 11/24/06 | bushfamfan

Posted on 11/24/2006 5:28:09 AM PST by bushfamfan

I just want to have a thread to discuss House Rep. Duncan Hunter who is going to be one of our GOP nominees. Seems as if a lot of people on FR are complaining about our choices for 2008 when this great man is going to be in the race as well. I just think he needs to get some coverage and wanted to start this thread.

He is the man conservatives should get behind and I think he deserves his own thread to remind us that we do have a great candidate this time if we'd only realize it.

http://www.house.gov/hunter/


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I just want to have a thread to discuss House Rep. Duncan Hunter who is going to be one of our GOP nominees. Seems as if a lot of people on FR are complaining about our choices for 2008 when this great man is going to be in the race as well. I just think he needs to get some coverage and wanted to start this thread.

He is the man conservatives should get behind and I think he deserves his own thread to remind us that we do have a great candidate this time if we'd only realize it.

http://www.house.gov/hunter/

1 posted on 11/24/2006 5:28:11 AM PST by bushfamfan
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To: bushfamfan
Repeat after me:

President Hillary

2 posted on 11/24/2006 5:29:55 AM PST by gonewt
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To: bushfamfan

I think that the last man to go from the House to the Presidency was James Garfield.

In this media driven presidency there's no way he can be nominated.

I'm afraid the choice is: Rudy, McLame, and Romney. And Romeny's not a real choice. The media will NEVER allow a Mormon to be elected.

So, it's Rudy/McLame.

I can tell you right now, given this choice to face Hillary, I'm gonna take Rudy every time.


3 posted on 11/24/2006 5:31:50 AM PST by kjo
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To: bushfamfan

Somebody suggested Haley Barbour

That would be great


4 posted on 11/24/2006 5:33:17 AM PST by uncbob
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To: gonewt

She needs to have a good challenge and the only one to offer it will be Duncan Hunter. We'd also have a great Vietnam vet with a son who served in Iraq to be able to hit back on these 'chicken hawk' claims and who wants to see Hillary as CIC in these times of war?


5 posted on 11/24/2006 5:33:25 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: gonewt

Probably true


6 posted on 11/24/2006 5:33:47 AM PST by uncbob
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To: kjo

I could tolerate Rudy but we need a conservative house and senate to offset Rudy's liberal leanings.


7 posted on 11/24/2006 5:34:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: bushfamfan

I'm still hoping we can have a "Newt" for president.


8 posted on 11/24/2006 5:34:52 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: gonewt
President Hillary

Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton....

Why do we bother voting.

9 posted on 11/24/2006 5:35:04 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Have you thanked the rich person who subsidized your share of taxation today?)
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To: kjo

It's sad you look at it that way. We are now going to give way because of this petty argument? He's got the quality and having the nomination would more than make up for being 'media driven'.


10 posted on 11/24/2006 5:35:08 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: kjo
I can tell you right now, given this choice to face Hillary, I'm gonna take Rudy every time.

She'd skin Rudy. The issues in his past are tailor-made for the Clintonista slime machine.

11 posted on 11/24/2006 5:35:14 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: uncbob

Barbour, Sanford or Sonny Perdue. We need a governor, and not Romney.


12 posted on 11/24/2006 5:36:19 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: bushfamfan

IF..you want a man who will make decisions in favor of the whole USA--Vote Duncan Hunter.

If you buy the Bulls**T put out by the machine of McCain, Juliani, Romney, or someone else who is tied to "Large Corporate Interests", vote for them.


13 posted on 11/24/2006 5:36:23 AM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: kjo
I'm afraid the choice is: Rudy, McLame, and Romney.

You make it sound like the choice has already been made - I don't think so.

14 posted on 11/24/2006 5:36:50 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: raybbr

Newt would have ZERO chance due to his transgressions against his wife and the way in which he went out as Speaker. Not good. You have to look at the whole picture and it's sad some want to say Hunter can't be elected because he's a Rep. McCain would self-destruct with his temper and Rudy can't even win NY against Hillary, let alone making sure we get EVERY vote we'll need in '08(he's for gun control, pro-choice, etc.)


15 posted on 11/24/2006 5:37:52 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: dirtboy
She'd skin Rudy. The issues in his past are tailor-made for the Clintonista slime machine.

Maybe. But she has her share of "issues" as well. What it's going to take to beat her is a candidate who siphons away enough "Reagan Democrats" to keep her from winning states like Ohio.

16 posted on 11/24/2006 5:37:52 AM PST by gonewt
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To: gonewt

And Hunter is in the Reagan mold. He is vocal and how many times on here do we hear about complaints about how Republicans are so spineless and let the media/Demonrats attack with no response??


17 posted on 11/24/2006 5:39:59 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: gonewt
What it's going to take to beat her is a candidate who siphons away enough "Reagan Democrats" to keep her from winning states like Ohio.

Newt, IMO, can't do that. Remember him proposing, alongside Hillary, another huge federal spending proposal for medical records? Newt's gone native when it comes to the Beltway, and voters will be utterly crying for a non-Beltway nominee in 2008. We need to look at the current and former GOP governors and see which ones are clean enough and conservative enough to run and win.

18 posted on 11/24/2006 5:40:40 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: bushfamfan

Right now he would have my vote.


19 posted on 11/24/2006 5:42:54 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: dirtboy

Agreed that Newt isn't the guy.

I really like Mark Sanford, but fear he would have too huge a hill to climb to match the "star power" Hillary has.

Hate to say it, but if the goal is purely to defeat Hillary, it's going to boil down to Giuliani or McCain.


20 posted on 11/24/2006 5:43:27 AM PST by gonewt
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To: radar101
The purpose of a campaign is to put in the place the team that will govern. At this point, Mclame and Rudy are the closest to having committees in each state which will promote the candidate. I personally prefer Newt for the strategic thinking he offers, his media appearances, and his foundation are at least a starting point for a National Campaign. What evidence do you see that Duncan Hunter has anything like a National footprint or is willing to do what it takes to assemble one?
21 posted on 11/24/2006 5:44:25 AM PST by mission9 (Be a citizen worth living for, in a Nation worth dying for...)
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To: dirtboy

Where is the requirement we get only a Governor? And what's this about the Senators? The House was sticking up for conservatism while the RINO Senate was caving in. You have to look at quality and stop the bias just because he's a Rep. Hunter is someone you can picture as a strong President and he only needs to nomination because he would more than prove himself.


22 posted on 11/24/2006 5:44:37 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: bushfamfan

Fine, Show me how a Duncan Hunter nomination can generate the necessary electoral votes and I'll buy it.


23 posted on 11/24/2006 5:44:41 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: gonewt
Yes, I agree. We'll suffer for not having a strong field of known conservatives. We're just going to have to endure another "occupation" and fight to keep up state's rights, as well endure a third hit.

Rep Hunter has nothing to lose - he can be the "John the Baptist" in the campaign stays around long enough to deliver a strong defense message and cut through the bs and just speak the plain truth.

But he'll have to endure the early east coast polling, and no one will know him. And independants/swing voters will see too close a resemblance to Bush in his message - they've turned off the truth last few years.

24 posted on 11/24/2006 5:45:42 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: bushfamfan
A great man, who's son IS fighting in the military! --can't get him involved in that discussion

His ONLY less than positive point is that he looks like he's mad all the time. He needs more smiling pictures. You know how much America is a visual society...these stupid things matter. Part of W's charm was that we felt like he was a guy down the street--one of us.

Other than that, Duncan has all the credentials, and can debate Hitlery with skills far superior.

25 posted on 11/24/2006 5:46:15 AM PST by NordP (America Votes: Turns out there ARE more Punks than Patriots ! ....so sad)
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To: bushfamfan

Show me how I'm wrong. Is there another way of looking at it? The media candidate is McCain; Romney can't win: he's a Mormon; that leaves Rudy.

I don't like it either, but who else is there? Barbour is too chubby to do well on tv. Hunter hasn't the base to spring him.

The Barbour comment, I know, sounds insipid. But look around, it's an insipid world out there.


26 posted on 11/24/2006 5:46:31 AM PST by kjo
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To: gonewt

And you are only going by name power! What happens when '08 rolls around and Rudy or McCain came out as our nominee and lose? What good is name power then? How about principles and how about someone who WILL be a great candidate?


27 posted on 11/24/2006 5:47:13 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: gonewt
Hate to say it, but if the goal is purely to defeat Hillary, it's going to boil down to Giuliani or McCain.

I think that is a sure-fire way to assure we have a President Shrillery. The MSM is pushing them down our throats for a reason - and it isn't to help the GOP win!

28 posted on 11/24/2006 5:47:27 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: bushfamfan
Where is the requirement we get only a Governor?

That ain't a requirement. But that is the history. Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Bush the Second were all governors (Bush the Elder was not, but he won on Reagan's coattails). Governors have executive experience.

29 posted on 11/24/2006 5:47:27 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: bushfamfan

sign me up!


30 posted on 11/24/2006 5:47:39 AM PST by Ladycalif (Non Coward Republicans for Tan)
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To: raybbr

I'm still hoping we can have a "Newt" for president


I believe there are a lot who think the way you do.


31 posted on 11/24/2006 5:48:08 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: bushfamfan

I'm a Duncan Hunter fan. I sat next to him on a plane from Corpus Christi to Houston a few years ago. He's without a doubt one of the nicest men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

We chit-chatted about where we had been and where we were going. Mr. Hunter had been hunting in South Texas with friends. I told him he looked familiar to me and asked if he was a major league umpire, LOL! He was wearing a ball cap and that thought just blurted out of my mouth! It wasn't until I kept mentioning that he looked familiar that he finally told me that he was a U.S. Congressman from California.

Mr. Hunter changed the subject and wanted to hear about my story. My mother had just had quadruple bypass surgery in Corpus and my step-father was partially paralyzed from a serious stroke. The two of them were really in a bad way. He was so interested in their plight and kept asking questions. Before landing in Houston, he said that he would like to say a prayer for them. He grasped my hand and prayed aloud for the two of them. I was very touched and will always remember his kind and genuine nature. Duncan Hunter is a very good man and our country would be blessed to have him as our President.


32 posted on 11/24/2006 5:48:34 AM PST by demkicker (In the minority or majority, I'll never stop kicking dems)
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To: Military family member

Sure. Just make sure to watch him during the GOP nomination process. If we'd only pay attention and stop the bias and 'name recognition' process we are involved in now, we'd be able to see a quality candidate. Name recognition is not going to win this thing. You have to be able to know what you stand for and stand firm. Duncan Hunter has everything but the high-profile name, sadly.


33 posted on 11/24/2006 5:49:51 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: bushfamfan

i agree duncan hunter would make a fine president for 08 and beyond.


34 posted on 11/24/2006 5:50:56 AM PST by river west
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To: NordP

James Webb seemed to use his son. Hunter would kick his arse. Hunter is no Benedict Arnold.


35 posted on 11/24/2006 5:51:32 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: alicewonders
I think that is a sure-fire way to assure we have a President Shrillery. The MSM is pushing them down our throats for a reason - and it isn't to help the GOP win!

So I guess Duncan Hunter beats her?...

36 posted on 11/24/2006 5:52:40 AM PST by gonewt
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To: bushfamfan
I just read something about him the other day. It was about the first time I guess I remember seeing the name. It may have been at TownHall.com or it may have been here at Free Republic. It sounds like his sentiments are in the right place. Naturally, he has obstacles to overcome that may be insurmountable.

When was the last time a candidate jumped from the House to the White House? I would guess it to be more than a century.

I have never heard him talk. How does he sound? I have had about enough after 6 years listening to a guy I think I supported more than not who speaks with such a lack of precision that it's torture listening to him give an explanation of anything. Can Duncan Hunter rally the rank and file?

I don't think the Republicans simply lost the last election. I think they forfeited it through attrocious leadership and representatives at all levels that simply lost their way and morphed into Democrats.

The Republicans can win again when a candidate takes the reins who understands that the foundation of the party was turned off by bad representation, who has the credentials to say he isn't part of that cadre and who can make his case in an exciting articulate way.

Is Duncan Hunter such a candidate?

37 posted on 11/24/2006 5:52:57 AM PST by stevem
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To: bushfamfan

I do like what I hear from Hunter, but I doubt 1% of the population outside of California knows who he is.

Is he thinking of throwing his hat in the ring?


38 posted on 11/24/2006 5:53:22 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: kjo

I don't know how to convince people on here that think you have to follow the media and the 'names' because the media is going to turn on any GOP candidate and name recognition is going to mean NOTHING by then. Duncan Hunter is strong in response and firm in his beliefs and very Reaganesque. I think the nomination would take care of anything because he would then have the national stage to campaign straight to the people.


39 posted on 11/24/2006 5:53:59 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: Recon Dad

Hunter has no chance against Hillary. 08 is shaping up as the ultimate celebrity election. I doubt he could even win CA, where he is from. Also, we need to look deeply into his dealings with lobbyists as Chair of Armed Svcs. So far I see Rudy, McCain as the only two viable and a real chance of Prez HELLary


40 posted on 11/24/2006 5:55:29 AM PST by Red in Philly
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To: gonewt

I don't know - I have never heard of Duncan Hunter before today. I'm just saying that there are a lot of people acting like our choice has already been made for us - and although I like Newt myself personally - I am keeping an open mind on who I will support for the next President. I know one thing, however, I will not be supporting Guiliani or McCain. We conservatives had better get our act together or we will be finished.


41 posted on 11/24/2006 5:56:03 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: bushfamfan
Independents are a large voting block. Hunter should learn from the RINOs failure of appealing to independents if he is going to have any chance of becoming President.
42 posted on 11/24/2006 5:56:23 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: demkicker
Look, we don't elect Hunters or for that matter, Lincolns anymore. That's not the way the world works. The media screens everyone and they will not allow another conservative. Truth is, Bush's election in 2000 is seen by the liberal media as an accident; and it probably was.

The skids are getting greased for Hillary. Know how I can tell? She's started wearing a small crucifix in public. The media is letting up some on religion. Look, Bob Casey got in and Sixty Minutes didn't even "investigate" his pro life stance. The MSM and Hillary are through pissing off the Christians; at least openly. They want to put the Christians asleep, and it's working: look at the Nov. 7 results.
43 posted on 11/24/2006 5:56:46 AM PST by kjo
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To: dirtboy

And he's from California!! He's been the chairman of the Armed services committee, has plenty of government experience to know what he's talking about, more than Hillary and he would show that in a campaign. I really wish some people would drop this bias because we will end up losing with a name recognition. We are going to need a good campaigner who is willing to fight back. I think Hunter is made to be President and think people need to just check him out in this process to look past the media pushed candidates.


44 posted on 11/24/2006 5:58:19 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: alicewonders
The MSM knows that they need to keep the GOP base home or split the vote to get Hillary or Obama elected.

If the MSM is giving favorable press to any Republican candidate it is for a reason.

A PRO ABORTION Giuliani would split the conservative vote, they know it and that is why he has been THEIR (MSM) Top Candidate!

45 posted on 11/24/2006 5:58:36 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free!)
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To: demkicker

I have to admit not knowing enough about Duncan Hunter to say, one way or the other. At first blush, it sounds as if he is someone I could vote for, should he make it through primaries. I know who Newt Gingrich is, baggage and all, and if he can overcome that baggage, he would have my vote. As likeable as Rudy Giuliani appears to be, I have to wonder what planet we're on, to be seriously considering him as a presidential candidate for a purportedly conservative political party; if he made it through, I'd have to think long and hard about it. Romney is beginning to sound a bit chameleon-like, and I do wonder how the Mormonism will play with evangelicals; from this very early perspective, all I can say about Romney is that I don't think he'll do well, and I wonder how conservative he really is, but I'd vote for him over Hillary. That leaves McCain, for whom I will not vote, and I'm far, far from being alone in this sentiment.


46 posted on 11/24/2006 5:59:27 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: bushfamfan

That's what Barry Goldwater thought. That's before the Dems and their pimp media had him blowing up four year old blonde girls with an atomic bomb.

He learned; we learned.


47 posted on 11/24/2006 5:59:27 AM PST by kjo
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To: demkicker

See, a very personable man. He'd connect with the public. I've read many of these stories and the more I've seen of him, the more convincing he is. People need to just watch for him and give him a chance. The GOP would be foolish to let this one get away.


48 posted on 11/24/2006 6:00:03 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: dirtboy

Sonny has been great for Georgia but I don't know if the name is well known outside the south...


49 posted on 11/24/2006 6:00:19 AM PST by Nat Turner (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME)
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To: bushfamfan
...how Republicans are so spineless and let the media/Demonrats attack with no response??

As with Reagan and the Marines barracks bombing in Beirut?

50 posted on 11/24/2006 6:01:15 AM PST by onedoug
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