Skip to comments.Duncan Hunter: The Weekly Answers Thread, Courtesy of Sam Hunter (03/16/2007)
Posted on 03/16/2007 10:12:10 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007
As many of you may know, Sam Hunter has recently become the Hunter Campaign's ambassador to Free Republic. He serves as a direct line to Duncan Hunter, under the username "Duncan Hunter Ambassador". You have questions? Sam has answers.
Without further ado, I give you Sam Hunter.
(Opening Statement from Sam Hunter)
"Thank you all for the warm welcome. I am here to represent my father to the best of my ability. I will work hard to respond to every post, although it may take a while to answer all of them, as I am only one person. I look forward to our discussions in the future."
(And just to clear up any confusion...)
"As much as I would love to have the title of a marine, I cannot take credit for that. You are referring to my older brother Duncan D. Hunter. I was there helping Duncan while he was in South Carolina, although my name was not mentioned."
(Just to erase any confusion on the matter.)
Q: Will Duncan Hunter make an appearance at the Gathering of Eagles this weekend?
Sam: I was told that we will definitely have our people there to represent us, and that dad is going to make a strong effort to get there as well.
Q: Would Duncan consider John Bolton for his VP running mate?
Sam: I spoke with my father this evening, and his response was: "I respect John Bolton very much. But at this time I would say we have not decided on any running mates."
Q: Do ya think he liked the idea? Did he at least smile or chuckle? Hey - there's a question...does Duncan chuckle?
Sam: He sounded quite upbeat to say the least. And yes, I assure you my father has a great sense of humor and smiles quite often. I might even post pics.
Q: Will he be treated to the same FR animosity given all other newly registered folk which are usually labeled trolls/"n00bs!?"
Sam: I am a total NOOB! It may take me a while to get the hang of this.
Q: Are you the one who lives in Idaho?
Sam: Nope, I live in San Diego.
Q: Are you concerned at all about your apparently low poll numbers? An honest question, not intended to troll or mock, as I can see myself supporting you, especially over Guilani, the apparent appointed nominee for the GOP. However I am concerned about the apparent low poll numbers. Is there any concern? Are there plans in the works to make you, Mr. Hunter, more visible in the coming months?
Sam: I spoke with my father this evening, and his response to this question is as follows: "I have done numerous national radio and television appearances in the last three weeks, my ability to do well when the voters know about me is reflected in my win in the Arizona stroll poll, and our close finish (1%) behind Guilani and Mckain in the South Carolina straw poll. Name identification is a challenge and the answer is hard work. Help us spread the message."
Q: I hope you haven't left the FR yet????
Sam: I am still here. I was raised in a political family and as such I have developed some pretty thick skin.
Q: Both President Bush and Mayor Giuliani have said that they think that a pardon of Ramos and Compean is premature, and that the legal process should be exausted before considering a pardon for the two. Does Congressman Hunter agree?
Sam: This was from my father's speech at CPAC: "...And, ladies and gentlemen, at one small, one remote place on that Rio Grande, as almost everybody here knows, two American Border Patrol agents saw a van come across with some 750 pounds of narcotics. And at some point during that apprehension, the drug dealer was winged. He wasn't winged badly. I understand he didn't even collect workman's comp...(Laughter)... before he was back on the job. But for that, these two American Border Patrol agents, Ramos and Compean, were given 11 and 12 years of hard time in the federal penitentiary. That is a greater punishment than the average convicted murderer in this country, who does about eight and a half years. Now, ladies and gentlemen, I've read the transcript. I've talked with the families. And I've met with Mrs. Compean and Mrs. Ramos. And I've read the transcript of the trial. And I would say this. I've been in the Armed Services Committee for 26 years. I've been chairman for four. I have never seen a Marine or a soldier treated in such an unjust way as Ramos and Compean. And as president of the United States, I will pardon Ramos and Compean. (Applause)"
(The following concerns a post by someone claiming to be Hunter's other son, the Marine Duncan D. Hunter. It concerns the candidate's views on trade.)
Q: Did your brother contribute this post to this website?
Sam: This is my brother's response to someone who asked him to write up a few sentences about Duncan Hunter's view on trade. This is not an official press release or anything. He also told me that this is a DH friendly website.
Q: What's Duncan Hunter's position on people like Jane Fonda, who posed for the North Vietnamese during wartime, and ratted out POW letters to their Vietcong captors. What is his position on John Kerry, who lied under oath to Congress that American soldiers in Vietnam were 'baby killers'?
Sam: Dad has stated many times that Senator Kerry's statements about G.I.s in Vietnam were untrue. He also has condemned Jane Fonda's acts of support for the North Vietnamese.
Q: Why did Hunter vote for Meehan's/Shay's "Campaign Finance Reform" legislation which both takes away from free speech and also created the still ongoing problems with the "527" special interest groups?
Sam: Rep. Hunter voted against the Shays-Meehan (aka McCain-Feingold) Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act in the 105th, 106th and 107th Congresses (It finally passed in the 107th Congress P.L. 107-155). During the 109th Congress, Rep. Hunter did vote in favor of H.R. 513, the 527 Reform Act, which would subject 527 political organizations involved in federal elections to regulation under the Federal Election Campaign Act. 527 organizations were operating outside the regulatory framework of the federal election law, thereby allowing such organizations to raise and spend an unlimited amount on behalf of a single candidate. H.R. 513 helped reform this loophole and Rep. Hunter supported the reform. Rep. Hunter believes in free speech, which is why he opposed the Bipartisan Capaign Finance Reform Act, however, if speech in the form of money is going to be regulated for some, it should be done so for all.
Q: Is your father pounding the doors of the MSM (radio and TV) for spots? Are the "conservative" pundits going out of their way to accomodate him OR ignore him? And IF he is, is he getting rejected or put off by anyone specificically?
Sam: Dad has done lots of TV and radio in the past couple of months across the spectrum. Lou Dobbs, Neil Cavuto, Hardball and Fox and Friends have been especially good, as have Glen Beck, Mike Reagan, Bill Bennett, Gordon Liddy and many others.
Q: Can you divulge the attitude and level of support your father has in the Senate? The RNC?
Sam: With the big Republican field our take is that the RNC is properly neutral in this primary race.
Q: I am a Rudy supporter, and there are more than several of us. Do you think it is in the best interests of your dad's campaign to accuse those of us who support Rudy as not being "real conservatives"? Please note that I am not saying you agree with this or not. But I can't help but wonder what you think of this.
Sam: Dad's directions to all of our campaigners and supporters are to carry out a high level campaign emphasizing defense, border security and jobs. He believes that Rudy Guiliani is a good guy, with real differences such as Mr. Guiliani's pro-choice and anti-gun positions.
Q: What would 'President Hunter' do to shrink the size of the federal government, and give us the smaller government that conservatives have been asking for since Ronald Reagan left office?
Sam: My father believes in limited government, requiring only a large enough bureaucracy to execute the basic functions of the Federal Government, while leaving control of all other aspects of Government to the states and the American people.
Q: We know he wants to renogotiate the China trade deal (mercifully) and he is not a fan of CAFTA. But what is his stance on unfettered trade deals with good allies such as Canada, Britain, Australia, Japan, Poland, Denmark, Italy etc. Can he assure the skeptics that he is not a strident protectionist?
Sam: Dad's position is that trade deals esentially are business deals between nations. He feels that nations can be good friends and allies and still require a level playing field with respect to trading rules. Presently all the nations you mentioned have the right to rebate all taxes to their exporters. However, under the deal we signed, America does not have the right to rebate taxes to our exporters. This amounts to an unfair advantage. My dad would require our allies to allow us the same favoarable tax treatment that they receive. This would do much to change the one-way street which produced a 804.9 billion dollar U.S. trade deficit last year. Thus, dad is for a two way street in trade, achieved by effective negotiators.
Q: Would you ask your Dad if he has heard of Deputy Sheriff Guillermo Hernandez in Texas? If not, would you ask him to look into his case also? Another good guy may be going to jail for a long time. Appreciate it. Thanks.
Sam: Thank you for the heads up, I spoke with my father's staff and they are fully aware of this situation, as such my father will be informed.
Q: Would Congresman Hunter care to comment on the Democrat plan to close the Gauntanamo prison and move the terrorists to US soil?
Sam: Dad did a press conference on keeping Gauntanamo open today, I believe it was all over the news. He believes it is important to warehouse terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in order to protect Americans.
Q: Your Dad has taught you to keep it short and sweet, just the way we like it!
Sam: Dad learned those things from his dad: United States Marine Bob Hunter.
Q: Thanks so much for joining us here. I have a question for you. I've read that Duncan farmed for a while in Idaho. I would like to hear more about that experience and if that is when he gained his respect for property rights and the hard working American citizen.
Sam: Dad farmed an island in Idaho on the Snake River. He learned not to overload the barge! LOL. He and his partner sunk a grain combine, which quickly took care of all the profits.
Q: China is becoming a real threat to our national security and economy. With all of our attention on the WOT, their military build up and monetary shenanigans seems to be proceeding unchecked. What would a "President Hunter" do to hold in check China's threat to our national security?
Sam: Check out dad's speeches on China, these can be found on his website. Basically, he will stop their trade cheating with sanctions and build America's strength in space, deep-strike, and Naval capability.
Q: Sam, some of us here are justing learning about your father - can you give a fairly brief statement about your father's vision for America should he become President?
Sam: This is Dad's announcement speech from South Carolina. It tells the story much better than I ever could. :)
And there you folks have it. Tune in next week for more answers!
Not bad for the first three days. Give Sam a hand!
I have one
What, if anything, would President Hunter do to eradicate unconstitutional Beuracracies (sp) in the Federal Government.
i.e. Dept of Education, FBI, ATF just to name a few.
I feel getting rid of these organizations can not only save alot of money, it also would put us back on a more Constitutional footing as to the original intent of the framers of our National Constituation.
Nothing in the Constitution gives the Feds Law enforcement power. That authority is reserved to the states and to the people. Same goes for the DOE.
That was a very clever post U.S.007.
Duncan Hunter Bump!
ugh, National Constitution, not constituation :(
THAT would be nice. I think we (USA) are going to have our hands full though, staying out of the UN 2010 treaties. We have really fallen down a rabbit hole :(
Well, ask Sam.
Sam, Leatherneck_MT has a question. What would President Hunter to do to dismantle unconstitutional bureaucracies in the Federal Government (the Department of Education, for example, or the FBI, and so on)? After all, nothing in the Constitution gave the Federal government law enforcement powers. Same for the Department of Education.
To be more specific, what does Duncan Hunter think of the 10th Amendment? What would he do to make it prominent in American politics again? I mean, how many elected politicians focus more on D.C. than their own constituents these days...you know?
Savage Nation ping!
I talk to a lot of seniors here locally about Duncan Hunter. Mostly they like what he has to say but they worry about their issues as well. Things like affordability of medicines are a concern.
lol thanks bud, he's going to have that question 3 times. I freepmailed it to him once I saw your link :P
Hope he doesn't ignore it thinking I'm spamming him.
I would like to suggest that Duncan Hunter go on Matt Drudge's radio show to talk about the China trade imbalance, and the China threat.
I think Matt Drudge would be a good ally, especially when it comes to China.
bump for later
A $804.9 BILLION dollar U.S. trade deficit in one year!!
It boggles the mind.
Nope. No questions, just a BTTT!!!!!!!!
No questions. Just best wishes for his candidacy.
Many conservatives are desperate for someone to take on Rudy and McCain and we don't trust the newly converted Romney. Newt is smart but carries too much negative baggage. Tell your dad he has a big following at FR and we'd love for him to come here one day just to say Hi! It would really fire up the troops! BTW-Getting "RINO HUNTER" T-Shirts made for the college kids to wear at rallies would be AWESOME!!!!
What are Representative Hunters views on the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution? How far do they carry? i.e. automatic weapons, grenades, rifles, handguns, etc?
What are Representative Hunters views on entitlement programs? i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, etc?
Lastly, but surely not least, what does Representative Hunter envision as a solution for the illegal immigration problem?
I like this format very much. It answers all the questions together and concisely. It also keeps the classless crackpots from attacking someone kind enough to take the time to inform us on issues.
I do have a suggestion, if you do it like this in the future, can you number the questions/answers so if someone wants more information, they can just to refer to question #such and such above.
Rush just asked Tom Delay what he thought of the candidates and when prompted to give his opinion of DH Delay said, to paraphrase; "Duncan is a great conservative but on trade he's a protectionist." Somehow Duncan needs to be able to address this misperception. It's a tough subject for the average voter to wrap their minds around so some thought needs to go into how best to contrast his position with what protectionism really is. Or maybe someone needs to educate Delay!?! ; )
Question: Has your father's campaign staff compiled a comparative list of issues comparing his position on those issues versus where the other GOP candidates stand on those same issues? It would be very useful to those of us when trying to bring other conservative voters up to speed on how your father stacks up against the other candidates.
Ping your questions to "Duncan Hunter Ambassador".
OK, but it was more of a suggestion than a question and a head's up.
Illegal immigration is a major issue for your father and one of the chief reasons I and many others here on FR support him. Immigration reform is coming down the pipe in this congress once again. If, God forbid, congress does something stupid on immigration (amnesty, guest workers, etc.) and President Bush signs it into law, how does that affect your father's candidacy? What could he do as president to reverse any damage done by such legislation?
Question: Does your father's campaign staff have anything prepared in the way of a bio/position paper that we can send to conservative radio talk show hosts as a way of introducing them to your father and in helping to solicit their interest in interviewing him or members of his campaign staff?
I second this notion. Drudge is really attuned to the potential threat from the ChiComs. He has Bill Gertz from the Washington Times on frequently to discuss the ChiCom military buildup they are financing with our trade dollars.
"BTW-Getting "RINO HUNTER" T-Shirts made for the college kids to wear at rallies would be AWESOME!!!!"
I'm not so sure about that one. I was speed reading through this thread and "RINO HUNTER" caught my eye....my first assumption was that you were some troll calling DH a RINO, lol. I get the intended message, but a first and second glance was a bit unclear ;)
Great minds Kimberly, great minds! LOL
Beat me by less than 2 minutes! ;)
That was great! Just to let everyone know, I try to get a hold of dad at least once a day to go over some of the questions asked. I will try and get at least two or three responses per day, but no promises. :)
That couldn't hurt!
Delay was picked for 'porker of the month'. a title which has never been bestowed on Duncan Hunter.
Here's the list since 2001 of the porkers of the month. Lots of R's and D's there, but no Duncan Hunter or House Armed Services Committe, which he headed .
They do show as porkers among many: Tommy Thompson, Sen. Robert Bennett, Sen. Joe Lieberman , Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison , Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) , Sen. John Thune,Reps. Tom DeLay , Sens. Hillary Clinton , Sen. Larry Craig
He's doing a great job. Some new, better quality pictures of his father would be a good thing. What's available online doesn't do him justice.
Vicomte asked me that same question (with regards to Conneticut) earlier. Talk to her about it.
"..He has Bill Gertz from the Washington Times on frequently .."
Bill Gertz's book, "The China Threat" is pretty telling; the book is not new, but Bill Gertz keeps us up to date by going on radio shows, like Drudge and Laura Ingraham, et al and writing articles in the Washington Times.
Him. Talk to him about it.
Ah. Darn gender-neutral Internet.
Perhaps I should call you 'it' to be safe? ;P
I like that!
In Connecticut, I'm "It" for the Hunter campaign!
Rally to me, you Connecticut and New York City FReepers!
FReepmail me, all of you Connecticut and NYC FReepers!
Let's put together a telephone conference jamboree with each other, and then we'll call the Hunter campaign and sign up all at once, inundating them with support (and proving that we can spontaneously organize)!
I lived in San Diego a long time ago when I was in the US Navy. Hunter was Congressmen, but I didn't pay any attention to politics back then (and my absentee ballots were cast in Michigan). So, I've been taking a look at him.
Of all of the Presidential candidates I have ever seen run, back through the age of Reagan, I have NEVER seen one whose proposals so PERFECTLY and COMPLETELY reflect EXACTLY what I believe! Of course, therefore, I support Duncan Hunter! How can I not?
We live in Liberal Utopia, the Northeast. But there are people here who support Duncan Hunter, because he's right and they know it.
So, let's find each other, here. FReepmail me, and we'll FReepmail each other, set up a phoneconference, and all call into the campaign at once, en masse.
Duncan Hunter: Because he's right.
"Getting "RINO HUNTER" T-Shirts made for the college kids to wear at rallies would be AWESOME!!!!"
But I just hope everybody gets the pun. :)
How can the U.S. truly succeed in greatly cutting down on the "anti-American" worldwide presence and greatly improving upon all U.S. relationships with all of the countries that the U.S. is presently "very cold" with for the long-term?
How can the Republican Party finally succeed in the long-term with truly decent "Public Relations" from now on with the general worldwide public? The mainstream media has been so politically biased towards the "political left" for so long that many conservatives have been saying for what seems like forever, "Where's the conservative Republicans P.R.?" "Where's the conservative Republicans P.R.? How can the "leftist mainstream media bias" finally be eliminated all over the world for the long-term?
"How can the U.S. truly succeed in greatly cutting down on the "anti-American" worldwide presence and greatly improving upon all U.S. relationships with all of the countries that the U.S. is presently "very cold" with for the long-term?"
Another question from johnthebaptistmoore:
"How can the Republican Party finally succeed in the long-term with truly decent "Public Relations" from now on with the general worldwide public? The mainstream media has been so politically biased towards the "political left" for so long that many conservatives have been saying for what seems like forever, "Where's the conservative Republicans P.R.?" "Where's the conservative Republicans P.R.? How can the "leftist mainstream media bias" finally be eliminated all over the world for the long-term?"