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Once Again, CNN's Blitzer Lobbies Republicans to mimic Liberal Schwarzenegger (Hunter: "NO")
Newsbusters ^ | June 6, 2007 | Scott Whitlcock

Posted on 06/06/2007 12:03:27 PM PDT by pissant

During Tuesday night’s Republican debate, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer attempted to goad Representative Duncan Hunter into agreeing that the national GOP should be "following that Arnold Schwarzenegger example" in California. This is the fourth time since the 2006 midterms that Blitzer, host of CNN's "Situation Room," has lobbied for the GOP to adopt the liberal policies of the Republican governor.

During the preamble to his question, Blitzer noted how "popular" Schwarzenegger is with moderates and approved of how the former actor attempts to "forge a consensus."

CNN’s cheerleading for Schwarzenegger’s brand of Republicanism began shortly after the midterm election. On November 9, Bill Schneider, a reporter for Blitzer's "Situation Room," wondered:

Bill Schneider: "Will Republicans move further to the right? Not if they got the message of the election. Republicans lost because they abandoned the center....The election also provides an alternative model of a Republican who moved to the center and thrived."

That Republican, of course, was Arnold Schwarzenegger. On November 20, the CNN reporters were at it again. Anchor Wolf Blitzer gushed over the Arnold model:

Wolf Blitzer: "In California, Schwarzenegger carried independent voters handily. He reclaimed the center. Schwarzenegger did two things President Bush has never done. He flatly acknowledged his mistakes, and he changed course."

This year, on February 26, the cable anchor once again marveled at how "Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks in shades of purple" and asserted that the former actor is pushing the national party to do the same.

So, Wolf Blitzer and CNN think that Republicans should mimic Governor Schwarzenegger? Any chance that they would call for the Democrats to adopt the policies of former Senator Zell Miller?

Below is the exchange between Blitzer and Duncan Hunter during the June 5 debate. The question and answer occurred at around 8:55pm:

Wolf Blitzer: "Congressman Hunter, I want you to weigh in, because Arnold Schwarzenegger, your governor in California, has become very popular out there by bringing in independents and moderates, and trying to forge a consensus among Republicans and Democrats in your state. Shouldn't the GOP nationally be following that Arnold Schwarzenegger example in California?

Representative Duncan Hunter: "No. And let me just say, you know, I look at Governor Romney, Mayor Giuliani, my good friend John McCain -- Governor Romney joined with Bill Clinton for the 1994 gun ban when I was fighting that. Mayor Giuliani stood with him at the White House on that. Governor Romney has passed what I consider to be a major step toward socialism with respect to his mandated health care bill. John McCain is standing strong with Ted Kennedy on this Kennedy-McCain-Bush border enforcement bill. I think the guy who's got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bias; blitzer; cnn; debate; duncanhunter; mediabias; msm; wolfblitzer
Representative Duncan Hunter: "No. And let me just say, you know, I look at Governor Romney, Mayor Giuliani, my good friend John McCain -- Governor Romney joined with Bill Clinton for the 1994 gun ban when I was fighting that. Mayor Giuliani stood with him at the White House on that. Governor Romney has passed what I consider to be a major step toward socialism with respect to his mandated health care bill. John McCain is standing strong with Ted Kennedy on this Kennedy-McCain-Bush border enforcement bill. I think the guy who's got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party."
1 posted on 06/06/2007 12:03:28 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party."

SHAZAMM!!! GO Duncan Hunter !!!!

2 posted on 06/06/2007 12:07:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: pissant

By Wolf Blitzer’s reasoning, George Bush should be so popular in Mexico and among the La Raza crowd that they should be erecting monuments to him. Why aren’t they?


3 posted on 06/06/2007 12:08:12 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: pissant
I think the guy who's got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party."

Although I didn't see the whole debate, this gets my vote as line-of-the-night!

4 posted on 06/06/2007 12:08:23 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: smoothsailing

And given more time in a debate, Hunter would body slam these guys again and again.


5 posted on 06/06/2007 12:09:26 PM PDT by pissant
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The Left really likes Schwarzenegger because he is a Republican who cannot be elected President. The Left wishes all the GOP candidates were like that.


6 posted on 06/06/2007 12:10:09 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: Vigilanteman

If we allow this turd of a bill to get through, they might.


7 posted on 06/06/2007 12:10:44 PM PDT by pissant
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And given more time in a debate, Hunter would body slam these guys again and again.

I think that's why he isn't given more time...

8 posted on 06/06/2007 12:12:51 PM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--You want to elect a conservative? Then support a conservative!)
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Your man has a way with words. God bless him, and if he could get nominated, I would vote for him. He did good and looked good last night.


9 posted on 06/06/2007 12:24:47 PM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
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To: pgyanke

Damn straight. They situated Rudy McRomney in the center of the stage and asked of them the most questions (with Fruity getting almost 2x as much face time as some of the other candidates). The MSM is essentially making a liberalism hedge.


10 posted on 06/06/2007 12:25:24 PM PDT by M203M4 (Vote Fruity Giuliani or the terrists will win! Abortion & gun control = price for freedumb!)
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Hot diggity dog—Love that last sentence of Hunter’s.


11 posted on 06/06/2007 12:27:17 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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Of course Hannity(Rudy’s shill), thought Rudy and Romney came out ahead in that debate, and some people still think Hannity is a Conservative.


12 posted on 06/06/2007 12:27:55 PM PDT by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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And given more time in a debate, Hunter would body slam these guys again and again.

He's definitely got a knack for it.

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13 posted on 06/06/2007 12:44:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Rummyfan

New tagline!


14 posted on 06/06/2007 12:53:55 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We need to get away from the KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party - Duncan Hunter)
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Niiiice!


15 posted on 06/06/2007 1:38:18 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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...(with Fruity getting almost 2x as much face time as some of the other candidates). The MSM is essentially making a liberalism hedge.

No kidding. This needs to be called out by the other 10 candidates. The "moderators" are definitely trying to prop up the RINOs.

16 posted on 06/06/2007 3:38:10 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: pissant

bump


17 posted on 06/06/2007 5:04:27 PM PDT by lowbridge ("The mainstream media IS the Democratic Party." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: pissant

Blitzer is a liberal dickhead. Why Pubbies go on the Clintoon News Notwork continues to baffle the crap out of me.


18 posted on 06/06/2007 5:16:27 PM PDT by Yankee
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I heard on Mark Levin’s show that Arnold S. called Bush very “courageous” on the immigration reform plan - the new word of the sell outs, Mark calls it.

We NEED Duncan Hunter!!


19 posted on 06/06/2007 8:14:46 PM PDT by Sun (Vote for Duncan Hunter in the primaries. See you there.)
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To: pissant

I didn’t watch the debate, but I scanned the transcript. That was by far the best part. I also liked how he took a stab at Wolf and the fence they show on CNN. Go Hunter!


20 posted on 06/06/2007 9:58:23 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Duncan Hunter for President in 2008)
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Republicans in California don't support Arnold The Red and his liberal policies. He's no "moderate" - he's a bona-fide Democrat liberal in all but name.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

21 posted on 06/06/2007 10:00:53 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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22 posted on 06/07/2007 11:37:15 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Duncan Hunter for President)
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23 posted on 06/07/2007 12:15:18 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Duncan Hunter for President)
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Arnold Schwarzenegger = Sleeping with the Kennedys


24 posted on 06/07/2007 12:19:52 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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