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Ashamed to have ever believed in Duncan Hunter
Excellence In America ^ | 1/23/2008 at 9:17 PM EST | Jason Bradley

Posted on 01/23/2008 6:19:25 PM PST by ExcellenceInAmericacom



Ladies and gentleman, today I my heart sank...  My jaw dropped....  And my mind screamed!!!

I think blood shot out of my left eyeball as I opened my email this evening and I found this message from Chuck Winn, Florida Chief of Staff, Hunter for President  - who if you recall is the guy who provided respones for my campaign interview with Duncan Hunter's campaign.  Well here is he message and some of you may have recieved the same, I couldn't believe it either:

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I have full confidence that Congressman Hunter made this decision with the sole consideration of what would be in the best interest of our Country.  I have full faith and confidence in Congressman Hunter's judgement and urge you to join me in following his example.
 
Charles J. Winn
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Hunter Endorses Huckabee for President
From: Gary Becks <garybecks@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, January 23, 2008 2:15 pm
To: Gary go hunter 08 <dlhunter08@yahoo.com>

HUNTER ENDORSES HUCKABEE FOR PRESIDENT
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 23, 2008
 
CONTACT:  Gary Becks  (619) 334-1655
 
Washington, D.C. - - - Congressman Duncan Hunter, who withdrew his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination on January 19, 2007 , today endorsed Mike Huckabee.
 
"I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail," said Hunter. "Of the remaining candidates I feel that he is strongly committed to strengthening national defense, constructing the border fence and meeting the challenge of China's emergence as a military superpower that is taking large portions of America's industrial base." 
 
"Along with these issues of national security, border enforcement and protecting the U.S. industrial base, I see another quality of Mike Huckabee's candidacy that compels my endorsement.  Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity.  I saw that character over the last year of campaigning and was greatly impressed.  The other Republican candidates have many strengths and I wish them all well.  My personal choice is Mike Huckabee," Hunter concluded.
 
# # #


Gary Becks
Hunter for President
Media Relations
(619) 334-1655

END QUOTE

The guy we (THAT I) was calling a "real" conservative Endorses a guy who I consider more LIBERAL than Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter combined?!  What is going on?

Maybe Congressman Hunter thinks his "electoral luck" will rub off on Huckabee???  No, I think not, I think many of us have been severely let down.  I guess you never can tell.  This is absolutely puzzling!!??!?!??!!

Jason Bradley
ExcellenceInAmerica.com


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: betrayal; duncan; elections; huckabee; huime; hunter; lackofjudgment; mike
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1 posted on 01/23/2008 6:19:28 PM PST by ExcellenceInAmericacom
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
I think many of us have been severely let down.

I think Duncan was giving the Republican base a little "pay back" for not getting behind his campaign.

I'm serious. I have to believe he has a bitter taste in his mouth after putting out his effort, and being rejected in such a big way.

It's only natural.

2 posted on 01/23/2008 6:22:21 PM PST by Edit35
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

I am totally gobsmacked!

Is Rod Sterling lurking around in the bushes?

HUCKABEE???????


3 posted on 01/23/2008 6:23:08 PM PST by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: Albion Wilde; Chief; cindy-true-supporter; Fraxinus; kburi; GunsareOK; Jimmy Valentine's brother; ..
Shame on you! Except for the few who voted for Thompson.
4 posted on 01/23/2008 6:23:30 PM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
Such is the way it goes. I have been very disheartend also at his announcement to throw in the towel, and as a follow up also the towel throw from Fred.
Now the rest will fart around with the likes from the three little commies on the other side.
5 posted on 01/23/2008 6:23:43 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Hunter has Jumped the Shark


6 posted on 01/23/2008 6:25:05 PM PST by trumandogz (Whichever Way the Wind Blows Willard 2008)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
Don't follow leaders
Watch your parking meters
7 posted on 01/23/2008 6:26:31 PM PST by Jim Noble (Trails of trouble, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

I never thought Duncan Hunter was electable but admired his conservative stance. Why he supports Huckabee is a mystery to me. Maybe he was pandering all along. (I don’t know)


8 posted on 01/23/2008 6:27:17 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
ExcellenceInAmericacom Since Dec 21, 2007

Hey new boy. Learn how to post properly.

9 posted on 01/23/2008 6:30:10 PM PST by bmwcyle (McCain Sucks!)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

At least he didn’t endorse McCain, that would have been disastrous on his part. But I agree, Huckabee isn’t much more conservative so I don’t know what he’s thinking.


10 posted on 01/23/2008 6:30:46 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: eyedigress
Why he supports Huckabee is a mystery to me.

Hunter is a protectionist in a free trade party. I think this issue is what really motivated his endorsement of Huckabee.

11 posted on 01/23/2008 6:31:06 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Would he have thrown to Fred first if Fred had waited, you think?


12 posted on 01/23/2008 6:32:22 PM PST by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs /Some RINO/Some other RINO '08 / Yes you'll vote against Clinton)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Maybe you can show me where you supported Hunter in the first place. (your posting history doesn’t seem to indicate it anywhere)


13 posted on 01/23/2008 6:33:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Why the shock? He is , after all, a POLITICIAN. They are liars and sneaks by design, not much difference between the bolshevik dems and the jelly fish repubs. I don’t agree with many of Ron Pauls positions, but the guy has balls and what you see is what you get.


14 posted on 01/23/2008 6:33:15 PM PST by roughman ( roughmen stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm (orwell))
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

The guy we (THAT I) was calling a “real” conservative Endorses a guy who I consider more LIBERAL than Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter combined?! What is going on?


Could it be that there is an affinity felt because they are both Baptists? Religion seems to play a big role this election.


15 posted on 01/23/2008 6:33:25 PM PST by broncobilly
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Maybe to Hunter, it’s an issue of who not to endorse — and why? I don’t understand Hunter’s decision and at this point care little as to why.


16 posted on 01/23/2008 6:33:55 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: rogue yam

Something to counter your protectionism rhetoric.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MichaelReagan/2007/10/10/where%e2%80%99s_the_fire


17 posted on 01/23/2008 6:34:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom; Jim Robinson; All

It amazes me that after all the praise and accolades placed upon Duncan Hunter, folks don’t just simply take him at his word. If you don’t want to vote of Huckabee...fine. However, don’t denigrate someone else because it shakes your world view. Understand, he knows Huckabee better than any of you.

Also, Hunter isn’t doing this as “pay-back” for slights. He believes what he says. Disagree if you must, but don’t write it off as dribble. If anything, learn that you are probably not as well informed as you think you are.

The reaction to Hunter’s endorsement of Huckabee here on FR is starting to scare me. I have never seen such a fickle group in my entire life. Also, I find it as scary how quickly this group endorses Romney. Absolutely unbelievable and just plain damnable foolishness.

Time for you all to step back, take a breath, then reassess your positions and backing. You are headed in the wrong direction.


18 posted on 01/23/2008 6:35:08 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: BufordP

Eeeehhh, go back to your crowns and coloring books! I didn’t know he was gonna do that!


19 posted on 01/23/2008 6:35:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I resolve to remember to write "08" on my checks.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

A bit over the top.


20 posted on 01/23/2008 6:35:29 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s your civic duty to be clairvoyant. Shame on you!


21 posted on 01/23/2008 6:37:44 PM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: Sola Veritas
Understand, he knows Huckabee better than any of you.

That's how I'm looking at it and I'm willing to see what else he has to say and maybe take a closer look at Huck.
22 posted on 01/23/2008 6:38:26 PM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican

I don’t think Duncan would resort to payback, but that said, I have NOOOOO idea what he was thinking. He couldn’t be more wrong.


23 posted on 01/23/2008 6:38:50 PM PST by NordP (Such tough choices ahead, I'm now a "middle of the road" voter--somewhere between RUSH & Savage ;-))
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To: Sola Veritas

Oh, well, then, sorry about that, who did you say I’ll be voting for again, apologize that I missed it.


24 posted on 01/23/2008 6:39:26 PM PST by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs /Some RINO/Some other RINO '08 / Yes you'll vote against Clinton)
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To: roughman

“I don’t agree with many of Ron Pauls positions, but the guy has balls and what you see is what you get.”

There is just no tactfull way to say this. Ron Paul is a bordline lunatic was occassional moments of lucidity. Don’t ever hold him up as an example to be admired. He is just a libertarian trying to disrupt the GOP.


25 posted on 01/23/2008 6:39:39 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
I think Duncan was giving the Republican base a little "pay back" for not getting behind his campaign.

Wow, excellent point. I bet that you are right.
26 posted on 01/23/2008 6:40:06 PM PST by KillTime (Democracies that can't distinguish between good and evil or deny any difference shall surely perish.)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
"I think Duncan was giving the Republican base a little "pay back" for not getting behind his campaign."


If so, it was a childish temper tantrum not worthy of an adult, much less a Presidential candidate who claims to have the best interest of the country at heart. I have some concerns about the judgment shown in this endorsement, but would respect it a lot more if I thought that it was more than a way of flipping the bird to conservatives because they chose candidates other than him to support. Is the guy really that narcissistic? I would hope not.
27 posted on 01/23/2008 6:40:39 PM PST by rob777 (Personal Responsibility is the Price of Freedom)
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To: cripplecreek

If you take a closer look at Huck, be sure you take a really close look.

You would be surprised what you might find out and none of it is conservative.


28 posted on 01/23/2008 6:41:13 PM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

They say this huckabozo is going to run for CA governor.


29 posted on 01/23/2008 6:41:27 PM PST by onedoug
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
No no no! It is political expediency. All politicians do it. It is politics (from the Greek: meaning people.) Hunter may be a great guy, but anyone holding elected office is a politician. When we find a great politician, who is also a successful politician, we will work and he will be elected. For now, we each must support the candidate who we believe will preserve the opportunity for us to see that day. Basically that means anyone but Hillary.
30 posted on 01/23/2008 6:41:42 PM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: rogue yam

It would be kind for him to say that outright. Confusion in the party is growing.


31 posted on 01/23/2008 6:41:56 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
what a shock, and I donated to his campaign as well.

two weeks ago I thought i heard he was staying in until the convention

there is something in the water.

32 posted on 01/23/2008 6:42:54 PM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: Sola Veritas
The reaction to Hunter’s endorsement of Huckabee here on FR is starting to scare me.

It scares me, too. It's almost violent, not to mention bereft of loyalty. Some of these people seem to be the stereotyped black/white - no shades of gray conservative caricature that the DUers love to ridicule. Deserving, in this case. People can change and ideas can change.

33 posted on 01/23/2008 6:45:07 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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"two weeks ago I thought i heard he was staying in until the convention"

that's why i donated - i thought - to a man of principle and message -

i knew he would probably would not win any primary

but, that's the way it goes

34 posted on 01/23/2008 6:45:53 PM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
I think Duncan was giving the Republican base a little "pay back" for not getting behind his campaign.

I'm serious. I have to believe he has a bitter taste in his mouth after putting out his effort, and being rejected in such a big way.

It's only natural.

That was immediately my first thought when I first read the headline and it hasn't been replaced by anything else. A close second would be to dis McCain for his maverick posture and Romney for his delegate success.

I would say Hunter is a lame duck Congressman as far as the Republican Party goes BUT if Huckabee were to be the nominee (Gads!) he would be out and about on the bandwagon.

I once considered Hunter but once his campaign was a no-go he got less and less media attention and it tends to only get worse and worse.

35 posted on 01/23/2008 6:46:13 PM PST by torchthemummy (Go Mitt! I Know He Has Alot To Prove But I Believe He Will Exceed Expectations)
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To: torchthemummy
I may still write-in Hunter in anyway, in honor of the man I thought he once was.

sad.

36 posted on 01/23/2008 6:48:32 PM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: txflake; All

“Oh, well, then, sorry about that, who did you say I’ll be voting for again, apologize that I missed it.”

Sorry, but I’m a little slow on the uptake and often can’t read subtile nuances of meaning between the lines. Meaning, I don’t understand your point.

If this is in reference to Romney, I have noted that the entire forum now seems to be supporting him now. That is unbelievable stupidity. You would be better off not voting at all. However, one has to make their on calls. I just think folks need to rethink changing from Fred or Duncan to Romney. Folks, he isn’t what you think he is.

If you don’t like and can’t support Mike...so be it, but don’t be a fool and vote for Romney. Also, understand that Hunter may be just as good a man as you all said he was from the get go. He might just know things you don’t.


37 posted on 01/23/2008 6:48:49 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

If he actually believes that Huckabee will be strong on immigration, he is either uninformed (in which case he should have said nothing) or cynical.


38 posted on 01/23/2008 6:50:33 PM PST by altura (Go, Mitt!)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Hillary and the press would steam roll Huckabee.


39 posted on 01/23/2008 6:52:49 PM PST by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: Sola Veritas

I agree with your assesment of Paul, he is nuts, but if he was trying to screw with the repubs, he would be spinning his themes to appeal to the republican base, but we all know who he is, so he (Paul ) is not hiding anything and his positons in the polls reflects this.


40 posted on 01/23/2008 6:53:11 PM PST by roughman ( roughmen stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm (orwell))
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

The way I figure it, Dunc figured he had to endorse *somebody*. The four remaining being equally horrible, he put the names in a hat and Huckabee’s what came up.


42 posted on 01/23/2008 6:55:18 PM PST by Rastus
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Oh big deal...you’re certainly a fair-weather fan.


43 posted on 01/23/2008 6:56:11 PM PST by cowdog77 (Circle the Wagons)
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To: Sola Veritas
Also, Hunter isn’t doing this as “pay-back” for slights. He believes what he says. Disagree if you must, but don’t write it off as dribble. If anything, learn that you are probably not as well informed as you think you are.

What a bunch of unproven BS. He said he was against Romney because a company that was ressurrected by Bain Capital (and then sent on its merry way) had done some questionable dealings with China. Hunter was probably right that the company was less than patriotic but at the same time he showed no proof that Romney had a hand in the company's sale because - tada - there wasn't any. The standard that Hunter had created for Romney was one where any action by a company saved by Bain, Romney should be held responsible even when he had no role in whatever "bad" decision was made. That was when I stopped holding my "Duncan is really solid but he's just not getting any traction" assessment.

44 posted on 01/23/2008 6:56:18 PM PST by torchthemummy (Go Mitt! I Know He Has Alot To Prove But I Believe He Will Exceed Expectations)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
I know how you feel - I'm ashamed I ever supported that leftist Reagan.

1) He Raised Taxes as Governor in California

The Washington Post | Mar 8, 1967 | By Sydney Kossen :

SACRAMENTO, March 7-- Gov. Ronald Reagan, who has made austerity in government his watchword, will propose a record state tax increase of almost $900 million Wednesday.

2) He’s Soft on Iranian Terrorists !!!

The Washington Post | Sept 14, 1980 | By Edward Walsh :

Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan said last night that the United States should agree to virtually all the new demands of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in return for the prompt release of the American hostages.

3) His own Aides say He’s UNQUALIFIED !!!

Ex-Aide: Reagan ‘Unqualified’

The Washington Post | Feb 6, 1976 | By Lou Cannon :

President Ford's embattled Florida campaign is gaining a new lease on life under the direction of a former Ronald Reagan campaign manager who believes that the California ex-governor is "totally unqualified to be President."

4) He’s Indecisive and can’t run a Campaign

The Washington Post | Feb 29, 1980 | By Margot Hornblower :

John P. Sears, the spurned Machiavelli of Republican politics, yesterday drew a portrait of Ronald Reagan's campaign as an operation plagued with incompetence, internal rivalries and an indecisive candidate, unprepared on the issues and insulated from the problems on his staff.

5) Even the Democrats are MORE SERIES about border control than Reagan !!!

’Wetbacks’ Curb Asked by Mondale

The Washington Post | Apr 17, 1969 | :

Sen. Walter F. Mondale, DMinn., complained yesterday that thousands of Mexicans illegally cross the border daily to compete for U.S. farm jobs. He said he had dressed in old clothes and gone incognito to watch them cross.

45 posted on 01/23/2008 6:56:26 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: Sola Veritas

It’s down to McCain or Romney. Most of us supported other candidates initially but those two are who’s left in any serious way. Since McCain is unacceptable that leaves Romney. And when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration Rudy, McCain, and Huckabee competed with the democrats to see who could be more liberal. Romney on the other hand was pretty tough, and in a liberal state.


46 posted on 01/23/2008 6:59:27 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Rock&RollRepublican

That may be true. The two are miles apart. Hunter is another
Senator Bob Smith, write him off.


47 posted on 01/23/2008 6:59:40 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Guys, I am telling ya...the most conservative man left in this race is Mitt Romney. And he ain’t bad.

I was going for an electable conservative, and thought long and hard between Fred and Mitt.

I liked Duncan’s ideology...the ABC News “where you stand” quiz on contemporary issues put Duncan, Mitt and Fred in my top 3 “matches”.

Fred is gone, so is Duncan. I urge you to just look at the “issues” section of Mitt’s web site. What you’ve heard about Mitt being a liberal just isn’t so.

Good luck, and I’m sorry your guy isn’t in it...but I hope we can agree to defeat John McLame.


48 posted on 01/23/2008 7:02:09 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: onedoug

That guarantees a Democrat victory if he does so.


49 posted on 01/23/2008 7:02:21 PM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
I think Duncan was giving the Republican base a little "pay back" for not getting behind his campaign. You know, I almost wonder if that isn't the case. And probably more less, "What does it matter WHO I endorse now. America is screwed." It is puzzling.
50 posted on 01/23/2008 7:03:05 PM PST by swatbuznik
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