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GOP candidate Rep. Duncan Hunter's quiet campaign
Monsters and Critics ^ | December 16, 2007 | By M&C US News

Posted on 12/19/2007 4:17:27 AM PST by Man50D

Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., like candidates Tancredo, Dodd, Biden and Kucinich, does not get a whole lot of press.

His supporters aren't flying blimps or sashaying Oprah on the stage. The Vietnam veteran began his career in politics at age 32, being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Duncan Hunter has stated in previous interviews his political hero is the late President, Ronald Reagan, and has steadfastly sought more resources for the military.

Hunter has backed the President on every Iraq vote.

Reporter James Lynch notes that Hunter "silenced the war critics two years ago when he introduced a resolution calling for the deployment of troops to Iraq to end immediately. He opposed the resolution but made his point that the majority of House members supported the war. His resolution was defeated, 403-3."

Hunter, 59, is one of the few politicians who has a child that has served in the armed forces in Iraq. His perspctive is unique as a veteran and parent of an active service member.

On the issues he is a traditional Republican, he votes conservatively on social and fiscal issues.

Hunter was on record opposing NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and the normalization of trade relations with China.

With regards to immigration, Hunter, whose district includes eastern San Diego, is reportedly a supporter of building fences along the Mexican border.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2008; duncanhunter; elections; hunter; immigration; trade
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Reportedly a supporter of building the fence? Has the writer of this article been living in a cave?
1 posted on 12/19/2007 4:17:29 AM PST by Man50D
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To: Calpernia; pissant

Duncan Hunter ping!


2 posted on 12/19/2007 4:18:01 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D

He’s my man but unfortunately, the press helps the people they want to run for the presidency!


3 posted on 12/19/2007 4:21:30 AM PST by Cricket24 (ULTRA PATRIOT!!)
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To: Man50D

Certainly not a man who flinches in the face of opposition.


4 posted on 12/19/2007 4:25:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: Man50D
Thompson/Hunter '08
5 posted on 12/19/2007 4:31:45 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Man50D
Supporter of building the fence??

The Secure Fence Act written by Congressman Duncan Hunter, Presidential Candidate 2008, would extend THIS "San Diego Primary Fence" throughout our southern border states.


6 posted on 12/19/2007 4:33:12 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Vaquero
Thompson/Hunter '08

HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT!!!!
7 posted on 12/19/2007 4:35:17 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D

Sounds like it. Whoever wins this thing needs to put Hunter in charge of Homeland Security. I know people dream of him at Sec Def but Homeland Security would actually mean something if this guy was in charge.


8 posted on 12/19/2007 4:36:03 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: normy
Whoever wins this thing needs to put Hunter in charge of Homeland Security

He won't be able put himself in charge Homeland Security.
9 posted on 12/19/2007 4:37:57 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D

I dont think thats a possibility....so he can wait as veep for 8 years a do it then.


10 posted on 12/19/2007 4:39:32 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Vaquero
I dont think thats a possibility

Based on what facts?
11 posted on 12/19/2007 4:41:19 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Cricket24
the press helps the people they want to run for the presidency
You can't blame Hunter's failure to rise on the press.

No one needs the press to ignite a groundswell.

And once the groundswell begins, the press is powerless to stop it. They instantly become unwilling participants.

No, the reason for the lack of a Duncan Hunter groundswell is...

Actually, I don't know the reason.

But I know it's not the press. Blaming the press is crybaby stamping of feet.

It's the candidate. Something about this candidate is just not catching fire, except for here in FR, in the hearts of a few.

12 posted on 12/19/2007 4:42:03 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Man50D
Look no further.

The....answer.....is.....right.....smack......under....the.......Republicans'.....noses!!

13 posted on 12/19/2007 4:42:13 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (HUNTER: SOLID! Tops on: Illegals, Trade, DPRK, Iran/Iraq, Economy, WOT, PRC, Budget, PROLife)
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To: Man50D

14 posted on 12/19/2007 4:43:10 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Man50D

his lack of exposure.


15 posted on 12/19/2007 4:44:00 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: samtheman

It’s the “I won’t vote for him because he can’t win because I won’t vote for him” syndrome.

The American people are so used to the media selecting the frontrunners that they’ve quit thinking outside the box.


16 posted on 12/19/2007 4:46:21 AM PST by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: Man50D

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), one of the few Republican presidential candidates to walk the talk on border security, blasted the Bush administration for suffering from "a case of 'the slows' on border enforcement."

Next time you hear a leading presidential candidate try to woo you with his nine-point immigration-enforcement plan or his secure ID plan or his Secure Borders platform, point to the Incredible Disappearing Border Fence. Poof! That is what happens to election-season homeland-security promises. Why would theirs be any different?---MICHELLE MALKIN

17 posted on 12/19/2007 4:48:18 AM PST by WildcatClan (Vote Hunter for President)
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To: samtheman
no, the reason is because pissant is such a pain in the a$$. He has turned more people off of D.H. than are currently supporting him!

;o)

18 posted on 12/19/2007 4:48:56 AM PST by Axeslinger (Where has my country gone?)
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To: Vaquero
his lack of exposure.

You give the socialist media too much credit. It's far too soon to reach a conclusion on any candidate.
19 posted on 12/19/2007 4:49:24 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: airborne
It’s the “I won’t vote for him because he can’t win because I won’t vote for him” syndrome.
Blah, blah, blah. I've seen this "clever line" before. It's total BS.

A good candidate IGNITES support, the same way a flame ignites a dead pile of leaves.

Hunter, as good as he is (and I have acknowledged about a thousand times that he's a great American, a great patriot and a great conservative) ain't igniting didddly squat.

He's going NOWHERE. And all the huffing and puffing and stamping of feet here in FR, by a small number of ardent supporters, means exactly the same thing: diddly squat.

It's the CANDIDATE who ignites support, not the press, not the syndromes (or lack of them). It's the CANDIDATE.

And this CANDIDATE just ain't doing it.

20 posted on 12/19/2007 4:50:30 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Man50D

LOL! Keepin the faith! good man.


21 posted on 12/19/2007 4:51:27 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Man50D
It's far too soon

Too soon??? When is Iowa, NH and Super Tuesday????

22 posted on 12/19/2007 4:51:34 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Axeslinger
no, the reason is because pissant is such a pain in the a$$. He has turned more people off of D.H. than are currently supporting him!
C'mon. Pissant's not so bad. I admire his idealism.

You can't blame pissant, you can't blame the press. You have to look to the candidate himself. Some candidates have what it takes to gather a large number of followers, some don't. That's just the way it is.

23 posted on 12/19/2007 4:52:15 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Axeslinger
no, the reason is because pissant is such a pain in the a$$. He has turned more people off of D.H. than are currently supporting him!

Assuming one person can bring down a campaign couldn't be a more ludicrous theory.
24 posted on 12/19/2007 4:52:55 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D

I’m just ignoring the trolls. If I show up in their threads to bash their candidate they might have a case but the geniuses seem to have a desperate need to come here to claim we bash their candidates.

Children all.


25 posted on 12/19/2007 4:54:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: Man50D
It was a good read until that last sentence??????..unbelievable

At least on Fox & Friends this AM ...around 7:10 they did a segment on the 'bill' that would reduce money for the fence, and mentioned (in passing) that Hunter & Rep.King were agrieved.

26 posted on 12/19/2007 4:55:39 AM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: normy
LOL! Keepin the faith! good man.

And you keep believing the socialist press and their loaded polls. The same polls that predicted Al Gore had beaten Bush in 2000 and Thomas Dewey had defeated Harry Truman the day after the 1948 election by publishing it in the newspaper! Now that's a laugher!
27 posted on 12/19/2007 4:56:17 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Guenevere
At least on Fox & Friends this AM ...around 7:10 they did a segment on the 'bill' that would reduce money for the fence, and mentioned (in passing) that Hunter & Rep.King were agrieved.

I suspect this issue isn't dead yet.
28 posted on 12/19/2007 4:58:31 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: samtheman
A good candidate IGNITES support, the same way a flame ignites a dead pile of leaves.

Interesting analogy. Sadly, not far off the mark.

'The average American voter' - & - 'A pile of dead leaves'.

29 posted on 12/19/2007 4:58:43 AM PST by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: samtheman

You are certainly a gloomy Gus. So, basically what you are saying is there is no more room for conservatives in the GOP? It appears even the protege of “The Great Conciliator”, the moderates moderate, Howard Baker, will be pulling up the tent stakes after the SC Primary. The Huckster, Mitt and Rudy are the only ones igniting any support. So, it looks like MITT is the most conservative, without being conservative, by default, huh?


30 posted on 12/19/2007 4:59:52 AM PST by WildcatClan (Vote Hunter for President)
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To: Man50D

Relax man. I gave a $100 to Duncan Hunter, its the only donation I have made this year.


31 posted on 12/19/2007 5:01:10 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Guenevere

I was glad to see mention of that in the news this morning. The backlash is building again.

Now Brian Kilmeade is talking about it again. It’s going to be a big story.


32 posted on 12/19/2007 5:02:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: cripplecreek
If I show up in their threads to bash their candidate they might have a case but the geniuses seem to have a desperate need to come here to claim we bash their candidates.
I'm not here to bash anybody. Hunter is a good man. I acknowledge that. I just think it's an interesting subject to discuss, why this good man is going nowhere.

Some want to blame the press. Other's want to blame certain syndromes.

But here's a question: Hunter's been in all the debates, why hasn't his support in opinion polls gone above 1%. It costs nothing to say to a pollster "I support Duncan Hunter". You're not giving up your vote. You're not "wasting" your vote. If you watch Hunter in the debates (and millions of Republicans have) and you're polled, and you think he did a good job, you would certainly say to the pollster: "I like Duncan Hunter".

But only 1% of the people are saying that, even after all the debates.

Why?

You can't blame the press or any "syndromes" for that.

33 posted on 12/19/2007 5:03:09 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman

Yeah sure whatever now go away.


34 posted on 12/19/2007 5:04:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: normy
Relax man. I gave a $100 to Duncan Hunter, its the only donation I have made this year.

Sorry for the misinterpretation and good for you but I take media polls with a grain of salt.
35 posted on 12/19/2007 5:05:08 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D

I like Hunter the best, but he doesn’t seem to be able to ignite widespread support of his campaign.


36 posted on 12/19/2007 5:09:11 AM PST by CASchack
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To: Axeslinger; pissant

Lending Pissant that much influence is actually a compliment :)


37 posted on 12/19/2007 5:10:35 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: samtheman
I just think it's an interesting subject to discuss, why this good man is going nowhere.

That's a big assumption not based on any fact, especaily considering no vote has been taken!

Hunter's been in all the debates, why hasn't his support in opinion polls gone above 1%.

If you watched the debates then you also should have realized they have put him at or near the end podium and is one of the last candidates ask a question. One debate he was not asked a question until 28 minutes into the debate after the media perceived front runners had been asked at least two questions. The facts about the press ignoring Hunter are there even if you choose to deny them.
38 posted on 12/19/2007 5:11:40 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D; pissant

Since pissant has this much clout, I think he should be put on a payroll!


39 posted on 12/19/2007 5:12:28 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: cripplecreek

They blame pissant for what they actually do. Projection.


40 posted on 12/19/2007 5:13:25 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Man50D

bump


41 posted on 12/19/2007 5:14:15 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Man50D

it was a joke...hence the smiley...oh, nevermind.


42 posted on 12/19/2007 5:15:11 AM PST by Axeslinger (Where has my country gone?)
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To: Calpernia; pissant
Since pissant has this much clout, I think he should be put on a payroll!

If pissant has enough clout to bring down a campaign then we should have him support the other candidates! LOL!!! What a dumb theory.
43 posted on 12/19/2007 5:15:11 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Man50D

They put Ron Paul (who I hate with a passion and actually do bash every chance I get) at the end podium and they try to ignore him, too. But his campaign is showing life. Not a lot of life, but a lot more than Hunter’s. It’s the difference between attracting a following and not attracting a following.

Hunter is not attracting a following. If he were capable of doing it, he’d be doing it, and the press would be powerless to stop him.


44 posted on 12/19/2007 5:17:03 AM PST by samtheman
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To: WildcatClan

“The Great Conciliator”, the moderates moderate, Howard Baker.
45 posted on 12/19/2007 5:17:06 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Man50D

I think he was joking about pissant. Relax. Pissant’s not Hunter’s problem.

Hunter is Hunter’s problem.

My brother lives in Hunter’s district and has been voting for him for years. But my brother says this about Hunter:

“He’s not going anywhere because he hasn’t BEEN anywhere.”


46 posted on 12/19/2007 5:18:56 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Man50D

Hey, the theory can’t be that dumb. There have been ads run on Craig’s List for democratic activists. So there is a payroll to get on somewhere for something.


47 posted on 12/19/2007 5:19:32 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: samtheman
But his campaign is showing life. Not a lot of life, but a lot more than Hunter’s.

Do you base your perception on the socialist media, the polls or both? LOL!!!!
48 posted on 12/19/2007 5:22:49 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Axeslinger

Hunter is running a different strategy. He said he thinks Iowa is a two man race and doesn’t see the point of wasting a lot of money there. He has ads already made and TV time already bought so he can run his ads where and when he’s ready to run them.

He’s certainly running the most positive campagn.


49 posted on 12/19/2007 5:23:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: Calpernia; Man50D
OK, let's review for a minute here.

SamtheMan has said nothing about any of the other candidates. Nor has he said anything disparaging about Hunter. He has merely stated that Hunter, for whatever reason, is not connecting with the electorate. And for that he is labelled, by inference, a troll.

I make a joke, NOT about Hunter, but rather about his most rabid supporter on FR, pissant. And for that I get labelled, by inference, a troll. I think Duncan Hunter is a fine man who would make a great choice for President...but he isn't going to win. That's just the reality of it. But I'm a troll now...for pointing out that many on FR think that pissant has been a royal PITA on most of the candidate threads? Geez you guys are wound WAAAAAY too tightly.

50 posted on 12/19/2007 5:26:00 AM PST by Axeslinger (Where has my country gone?)
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