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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:

QUOTE:

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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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

I know Duncan Hunter, and have been proud of him before.

But I have never been prouder of him than I am today. I got goosebumps when I heard the announcement on Fox.

He is a man of principle and integrity. UNCOMPROMISING principle! UNCOMPROMISING integrity!

It is obvious this is not going to win him fans. But that has never mattered to him before, it doesn’t matter to him now.

The problem is not with him. It is with those who do not know him.

What a man. God bless him!


51 posted on 01/23/2008 7:04:00 PM PST by fideist (Proud Father of a U.S. Marine.)
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To: All

Maybe Huckelberry Hound offered Duncan the Sec Def. position if he supported his campaign, politics as usual........


52 posted on 01/23/2008 7:05:03 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; Duncan Hunter

The fact is we don’t know any of these candidates outside their political life. Hunter may know these men personally and know them in a different way than we do. At the same time, Hunter may be a different man than his voting and media perception. I would bet, (hope), it is the former.

I think it would be courtesy to ping him.


53 posted on 01/23/2008 7:06:13 PM PST by mnehring
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To: outofstyle
All politicians do it. It is politics (from the Greek: meaning people.

I had always thought politics came from the Greek word poli (meaning many) and ticks, meaning blood sucking parasites.

54 posted on 01/23/2008 7:06:34 PM PST by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: cripplecreek
Something to counter your protectionism rhetoric.

I don't have any idea what you are trying to say to me.

55 posted on 01/23/2008 7:06:55 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: All
This **** BS ****

The 'true conservatives,' the ones who gave Duncan the cold shoulder from day one... Who somehow made him into a second Fred Thomson thinking that would get them the 'social-conservatives' vote, are just pi*** off and desperate.

The idea is simple, by smearing Duncan, they smear Huck... Duh :)

56 posted on 01/23/2008 7:07:41 PM PST by ElPatriota (Duncan Hunter 08 -- I am proud to support this man as my president)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican

I was just watching Dan Abrams (which I normally don’t do), and he was saying that if a candidate doesn’t invite the media along on the campaign bus, plane, etc., there’s much less media coverage. Since Hunter had very few funds to begin with, that may be one of the reasons he was covered so little. That, and being a conservative, of course.


57 posted on 01/23/2008 7:07:48 PM PST by Joann37
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
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Duncan Hunter ran a terrible campaign ...


How in the World can he defeat Hillary-Obama when Duncan Hunter couldn't even beat Ron Paul or Gulliani ?



Patton-at-Bastogne



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58 posted on 01/23/2008 7:08:16 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (With Fred Thompson Gone for 2008 ... I'll Vote for Mitt ... and Have a Serious Drink !)
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To: Jim Noble

Man in the coonskin cap wants eleven dollar bills and you only got ten.


59 posted on 01/23/2008 7:09:11 PM PST by Sudetenland (Mike Huckabee=Bill Clinton. Can we afford another Clinton in the White House...from either party?)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Apparently, Duncan Hunter is not a real conservative after all. We’ll see what Fred Thompson does. If Fred endorses McCain, we’ll know he was a phony conservative all along, too.

I would be more heartsick (about Hunter endorsing Huckabee) if I thought it really means votes away from Romney but it’s such a small number that I think it doesn’t matter.

Huckabee is an old friend to FreeRepublic but he is more liberal than most democrats so I have lost all respect for Hunter today.

Hunter jumped in bed with the liberal media in their hatred and shunning of Mitt Romney. Any guy who is hated as much as Romney is by the MSM is my kinda guy.

Romney, BTW, was great on Hannity & Colmes tonight. Absolutely wonderful. I am so proud to support Mitt Romney!

Go, Mitt!


60 posted on 01/23/2008 7:10:04 PM PST by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: Sola Veritas

Good post!! A pox on knee-jerk reactionaries. There is always more to things than meets the eye. History will show whether Hunter is right or wrong in this regard. His endorsement isn’t enough to get me to vote for Huckabee, however, but it does make me think and wonder what I may be missing.


61 posted on 01/23/2008 7:10:31 PM PST by upsdriver (Thank you, Duncan Hunter! ! Like Ronald Reagan, you make me proud to be an American!)
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To: All
...Character... Intergrity matters! :)


62 posted on 01/23/2008 7:11:09 PM PST by ElPatriota (Duncan Hunter 08 -- I am proud to support this man as my president)
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To: Sola Veritas
Dittos,
Once again, FReepers show they can take a gold in the Knee Jerk Olympics.
63 posted on 01/23/2008 7:11:54 PM PST by mnehring
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To: eyedigress
Shocked me also. But let’s look at the brighter side - he did not endorse crazy McCain.
64 posted on 01/23/2008 7:12:05 PM PST by Dante3
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
I felt betrayed by him endorsing Huckabee too, but I think he's doing it to be named as a VP. The Huckster needs someone who can deliver the military vote & has foreign affairs strength. I won't be voting for a Huck/Hunter ticket....No way. No how!!!!
65 posted on 01/23/2008 7:12:19 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Madeline Albright ZaPeezda)
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To: cripplecreek
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.

You've got to be kidding me.
66 posted on 01/23/2008 7:13:26 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
Which is worse? Pat Robertson endorsing Giuliani? Or Duncan endorsing Huckabee? The political instincts of the man are appalling, but not Apocalyptic.
67 posted on 01/23/2008 7:15:50 PM PST by mission9 (It ain't bragging if you can do it.)
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald

Duncan Hunter is still the man you “thought he once was.”

Did you support Hunter for what he said, or what he actually DID. All these Presidential candidates talked about the War on Terror and securing the border. Duncan Hunter has actually fought in a war, his son served in the War on Terror, and Duncan actually DID something about securing the border before he ran for President.

I chose Hunter because he was a man of action. While I’ve never cared much for Huckabee’s immigration stances and nanny-statism, what other choice did Hunter have in endorsing someone? Flip Romney?

Maybe he should have just stayed quiet and not endorsed any of the remaining candidates after Fred’s departure, but the guy has done enough in his career to make me believe that he honestly thinks Huckabee is the right guy at this point.

Will that be enough for me to vote for Huckster in the LA Primary?? Probably not. Hunter’s already on the ballot so he’ll get my vote. But I feel good he didn’t go out an endorse that insencere jerk Romney.


68 posted on 01/23/2008 7:15:55 PM PST by conservativecajun (Hunter '08 - vote for the most qualified for the position)
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To: Sola Veritas; Duncan Hunter

Try this with less colorful language (I apologize): Hunter can make more than a 2-sentence case for Huck here on FR since both he and his son are nominally freepers - if he’s serious about this endorsement.


69 posted on 01/23/2008 7:15:58 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

“(Jack Bruce and Pete Brown)

Hey now baby, get into my big black car
Hey now baby, get into my big black car
I wanna just show you what my politics are.

I’m a political man and I practice what I preach
I’m a political man and I practice what I preach
So don’t deny me baby, not while you’re in my reach.

I support the left, tho’ I’m leanin’, leanin’ to the right
I support the left, tho’ I’m leanin’ to the right
But I’m just not there when it’s coming to a fight.

Hey now baby, get into my big black car
Hey now baby, get into my big black car
I wanna just show you what my politics are.


70 posted on 01/23/2008 7:16:13 PM PST by Sudetenland (Mike Huckabee=Bill Clinton. Can we afford another Clinton in the White House...from either party?)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
Ashamed to have ever believed in Duncan Hunter

Why? Duncan Hunter is GOOD. Maybe he knows something that you do not.

71 posted on 01/23/2008 7:19:33 PM PST by GinaLolaB (=^..^=)
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To: altura; All
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.

Don't dismiss the idea that Hunter and Huckabee have had talks and that there is a place in a Huckabee administration for Hunter to implement the issues about which he feels strongest. Hunter may think there is no chance whatsoever to have any sway with the other candidates. Just a thought.

72 posted on 01/23/2008 7:19:48 PM PST by upsdriver (Thank you, Duncan Hunter! ! Like Ronald Reagan, you make me proud to be an American!)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

He’s bitter that Tom Tancredo endorsed Romney instead of him, so he tried to sabotage Romney.


73 posted on 01/23/2008 7:20:08 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: outofstyle

“politics- pol-i-tiks; from the Greek-politikon, meaning screw the citizens.


74 posted on 01/23/2008 7:20:34 PM PST by Sudetenland (Mike Huckabee=Bill Clinton. Can we afford another Clinton in the White House...from either party?)
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To: Jim Noble

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows.


75 posted on 01/23/2008 7:21:22 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: La Enchiladita
That guarantees a Democrat victory if he does so.

Oh, hell, the democrats are going to win anyway. The republicans are toast in this election.

76 posted on 01/23/2008 7:21:55 PM PST by upsdriver (Thank you, Duncan Hunter! ! Like Ronald Reagan, you make me proud to be an American!)
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To: Sudetenland
politics- pol-i-tiks; from the Greek-politikon, meaning screw the citizens.

Is this news to you? Work with it, or bend over.

77 posted on 01/23/2008 7:22:09 PM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

The RNC decided two years ago who they were going to have for their nominee. The primary is the biggest sham I have ever seen.


78 posted on 01/23/2008 7:23:11 PM PST by GinaLolaB (=^..^=)
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To: Dante3

Well, I’m not going to give this much as I didn’t know about Hunter until the campaign started. I have moved over to Romney and will stay there.


79 posted on 01/23/2008 7:23:28 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: steve86
Whoa! It's not the FReepers who are being fickle and disloyal. Their dedication to conservatism has not changed. It is the candidates who are turning out to not be the conservatives they claimed to be.
80 posted on 01/23/2008 7:25:50 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: fideist

Thanks for an upbeat post!


81 posted on 01/23/2008 7:26:01 PM PST by upsdriver (Thank you, Duncan Hunter! ! Like Ronald Reagan, you make me proud to be an American!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Don't you know? When they say Mitt's too liberal, it's code for "he's a Mormon." A nasty little fact, but nonetheless true.
82 posted on 01/23/2008 7:26:52 PM PST by Sudetenland (Mike Huckabee=Bill Clinton. Can we afford another Clinton in the White House...from either party?)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom
I will not bash Hunter for this.

What are the choices for him? All four of the remainding candidates have serious warts in the shamnesty department. Tancredo chose Mitt who voiced support for McCain's bill but has since allegedly seen the light. Hunter chose Huck who supported state programs for illegals but has since allegedly seen the light.

Hunter's endorsement just shows how bleak the currently reality is for all of us. If you drink beer instead of Kool-Aid, the choices are sobering. A waste of good beer and a waste of the GOP nominating process.

83 posted on 01/23/2008 7:27:04 PM PST by dirtboy (Romney. McCain. Huckabee. Larry. Moe. Curly. Larry. Daryl. Other brother Daryl.)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

Duncan took his ball and went home.


84 posted on 01/23/2008 7:27:33 PM PST by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: Sudetenland
Don't you know? When they say Mitt's too liberal, it's code for "he's a Mormon."

Despicable.

85 posted on 01/23/2008 7:27:47 PM PST by dirtboy (Romney. McCain. Huckabee. Larry. Moe. Curly. Larry. Daryl. Other brother Daryl.)
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To: Sola Veritas
He is just a libertarian trying to disrupt the GOP.

You say that like it is a bad thing.

86 posted on 01/23/2008 7:28:29 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: upsdriver

Did you see what I was responding to?
It was specific to CA.


87 posted on 01/23/2008 7:28:45 PM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: ExcellenceInAmericacom

My bet is hickabee is grasping for straws. Needed a boost and hence called up DH and offered him VP in exchange.


88 posted on 01/23/2008 7:29:06 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: maui_hawaii

He would make a good Homeland Secretary if his words ring true.


90 posted on 01/23/2008 7:31:19 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Sudetenland

That’s gay.


91 posted on 01/23/2008 7:32:04 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: upsdriver; All

“His endorsement isn’t enough to get me to vote for Huckabee, however, but it does make me think and wonder what I may be missing.”

And no one can ask for more than that. The willingness to reassess is encouraging, even if you don’t go my way. Bless you, this is uplifting.


92 posted on 01/23/2008 7:32:22 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

“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.”

Preach! I often wonder if FR hasn’t cast away alot of their most sane members while imagining they were enemies. The “pure” who have stayed are revealing themselves to be unstable idiots. Even if they are right at times who could count on them in a crisis?


93 posted on 01/23/2008 7:32:47 PM PST by avenir
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To: eyedigress

Just gross...well and maybe a little gay. But not nearly as gross as what Hunter has done to the Conservatives of his party.


94 posted on 01/23/2008 7:34:17 PM PST by Sudetenland (Mike Huckabee=Bill Clinton. Can we afford another Clinton in the White House...from either party?)
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To: eyedigress

This is meant to try and sway people to vote shmuckabee. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN.


95 posted on 01/23/2008 7:35:00 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: torchthemummy

“What a bunch of unproven BS. He said he was against Romney because a company......”

Be honest with this forum. You were already a Romney supporter, and that is why you call his reasons BS.


96 posted on 01/23/2008 7:36:50 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: upsdriver
Oh, hell, the democrats are going to win anyway. The republicans are toast in this election.

With 10 months to go until the election, and in one simple sentence, you have declared that your opinion has nothing to bring to the conversation but pessimism and an attitude of defeat. Ain't buying what you've got to sell, thank-you very much.

97 posted on 01/23/2008 7:37:26 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: maui_hawaii

Nah! Florida is going Romney. That leaves Giuliani as AG and Huck as Ketchup Steward.


98 posted on 01/23/2008 7:37:34 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Sudetenland
Alas, I am not a politician. Butt I get your point.
99 posted on 01/23/2008 7:37:48 PM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: GinaLolaB

“Duncan Hunter is GOOD. Maybe he knows something that you do not.”

Maybe he should tell everyone what that is then. Duncan was a fierce warrior for the border. Huck calls it unChristian to turn away illegals and makes a deal with Mexico for a consulate at a rate most Americans would die for. Might as well say he gave it to them. That consulate allows for IDs.
How can Hunter put that together with the strong stance he took? Color me confused. That is why the shock. Its a valid questioning of something Duncan was so vehement about. The other thing that Duncan was standing strong on was China. He swiped at Romney for his record of doing business, yet gives Huck a pass for his record of doing business south of the border? HUH?


100 posted on 01/23/2008 7:38:41 PM PST by donnab (don't blame me ...I supported Fred.)
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