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Ex-Rep. Hunter Touts Iraq War Vets To Revive GOP
CQ ^ | 6/23/09 | Emily Cadei

Posted on 06/23/2009 2:44:03 PM PDT by pissant

Duncan Hunter, a retired Republican who once chaired the Armed Services Committee, has decided that Iraq War veterans are the perfect candidates to revive the Republican Party in 2010.

Hunter -- a Vietnam War vet who briefly sought the 2008 Republican presidential nomination -- is already backing two such candidates as they launch challenges to two of the more junior members of the House Democratic majority: Jesse Kelly, who wants to take on two-term incumbent Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona's 8th District, and Vaughn Ward, whose target in Idaho's 1st District is freshman Democrat Walt Minnick.

Hunter will be attending a series of brunches, receptions and a golf outing in Tucson this weekend with Kelly, who said Hunter is a big attraction in conservative circles in his district in Arizona's southeastern corner. "He did very well in early presidential polls down here," Kelly noted, referring to Hunter's 2008 bid.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 2010; duncanhunter; duncanhunter2012; gop; huntersrangers; oifveterans; patriot; rebuilding; rnc; statesman
Good to see him out there. Hunter/Demint 2012
1 posted on 06/23/2009 2:44:03 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

He should at least be our next Sec.Def.


2 posted on 06/23/2009 2:45:03 PM PDT by SolidWood (Down with the islamic regime! Freedom for Iran!)
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To: Calpernia; WalterSkinner; Kevmo; upsdriver

DH ping


3 posted on 06/23/2009 2:45:18 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Hunter -- a Vietnam War vet who briefly sought the 2008 Republican presidential nomination

Briefly? Hell he was in early and out late.
4 posted on 06/23/2009 2:45:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: SolidWood

He should be POTUS. Palin can be Sec of Energy.


5 posted on 06/23/2009 2:45:57 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: cripplecreek

And he would not have been out as early as he was except for the malfeasance of the republican party.


6 posted on 06/23/2009 2:46:49 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

No kidding. Our eventual nominee was dead last till enough RINOs got out and threw their support to him.


7 posted on 06/23/2009 2:48:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: pissant

“Palin can be Sec of Energy.”

NO!!!!!! She’s gotta be MORE than that! We need her as POTUS!!!!!

Hunter would be a good Sec. of Defense, as would Gen. Petraeus.

But it has to be Sarah! It really has to be Sarah! Sarah attracted so many enthusiastic supporters. I really believe that only she can unseat Obamanation!


8 posted on 06/23/2009 2:50:24 PM PDT by wk4bush2004 (PALIN-BACHMANN, 2012......."GIVE ESTROGEN A CHANCE!!!!")
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To: pissant

BTTT!!!!


9 posted on 06/23/2009 2:50:31 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, the “conservative” press also wrote him off completely. They did not care that he won the Texas straw poll, the Az straw poll, tied in the SC straw poll, all early on. They did not dare breathe his name, and instead had kneepads aplenty for the RINO candidates.


10 posted on 06/23/2009 2:51:28 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Good to see he’s moving about. I like him better than just about anyone else you could name.


11 posted on 06/23/2009 2:51:37 PM PDT by marron
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To: pissant

Hunters Rangers will be back in the saddle for Hunter on any and every move he makes :)

Bump!


12 posted on 06/23/2009 2:51:42 PM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: wk4bush2004

Duncan Hunter has more wisdom and knowledge than the rest of the GOP combined.


13 posted on 06/23/2009 2:52:32 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Guys, I was very interested in seeing Duncan Hunter do well, but aside from being ignored by the MSM and the party, he really hurt himself in debates by being a johnny one note on foreign trade. I know he has more depth than that, but it seemed like every answer kept going back to that issue. It was very frustrating that he wasn’t able to make a better showing.


14 posted on 06/23/2009 2:56:53 PM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: pissant

As long as the Republicans keep their idiot, me to, Democrat stance on Iran and all the other games they play they will never see another vote or dollar from this vet..


15 posted on 06/23/2009 2:56:57 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: wk4bush2004

I really like Sarah. I’d be happy if Hunter was her Secretary of State, or Defense, or CIA chief, or you name it; he would give her administration some real grit.

But Hunter would be the better president. She’d be a great cabinet secretary in her own right and a very good VP, but Hunter has the knowledge and experience and seasoning and the all around grit for the job. There isn’t a better man out there for the job. If she’s running I’ll happily support her, but if he’s running I’ll be even happier.


16 posted on 06/23/2009 2:58:14 PM PDT by marron
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To: pissant

I still think things would turn out very different if we had debates between the candidates of both parties instead of the softball debates within the parties during the primaries. Obviously you can’t put all the candidates on stage at the same time but they could be matched up for a series of debates.

It would sure beat getting stuck with a candidate incapable of debating when its too late to choose another.

Hunter has no fear of the media or the opposition. While the others whined about democrat ringers asking questions in the CNN debate, Hunter was sending out letters asking democrats to send more. He also didn’t mince any words in calling Harry Reid a treasonous coward.


17 posted on 06/23/2009 2:58:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Dahoser

He usually only had the chance to answer one or two questions the whole evening.


18 posted on 06/23/2009 2:59:14 PM PDT by marron
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To: pissant

I am for the Vets, a lot of them know about shock and awe!

It is needed now at home. Obozo knows it too, why do you think he deployed more to Afghanistan? He is afraid of them.

If the right man gets behind this, it will be a clean wipeout at the RNC. And they will clean the streets with the Dem traitor and his minions.

Richard coming home from the Crusades.


19 posted on 06/23/2009 3:03:42 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: marron
I agree and under those circumstances, he may have figured it was best to go with his most pressing issue.

I always think it's a disgrace how the media, and the parties as well, treat the so-called minor candidates with such unfairness. Someone like Hunter or even Kucinich, nutty as he is, has no chance because people say he has no chance and it's just not right at all. Meanwhile, the media will get behind someone like Obama or Huckabee and suddenly we have ourselves this out of nowhere phenomenon.

20 posted on 06/23/2009 3:04:16 PM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: pissant

We need him here in Pa. to speak at an event for Bill Russell, who is challenging John “porky” Murtha!


21 posted on 06/23/2009 3:06:53 PM PDT by sneakers ( NO AMERICAN BOWS TO ROYALTY - From president to ditch digger - NO AMERICAN BOWS! "Jim")
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To: Calpernia

BUMP.


22 posted on 06/23/2009 3:20:06 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Duncan Hunter : Your Country needs you !

great idea

America needs to be lead by warriors , not by lawyers

oops ! Mr. Hunter is a lawyer too!
maybe a few exceptions ....

Lawyers that at least used to be warriors
are exempt ;^)


23 posted on 06/23/2009 3:20:58 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

That’s exactly what I told him. We need more lawyers in office like a hole in the head.


24 posted on 06/23/2009 3:22:03 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Funny thing. The moderates always scream that the GOP needs to be more moderate to attract latino voters yet Hunter has been a steadfast conservative who got reelected again and again in a heavily latino district.


25 posted on 06/23/2009 3:40:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: pissant

I’m still mad about it all and I still have the bumper sticker on my car!


26 posted on 06/23/2009 3:55:23 PM PDT by Califreak (Dissident under duress)
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To: pissant

Veteran or not, first and foremost they must be strong conservatives.

Dems ran some Iraq Vets too, if you recall.

I like the idea of more Vets running, but we also need to be sure they are qualified and conservative.


27 posted on 06/23/2009 3:57:40 PM PDT by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: pissant

Jesse Kelly is quite an impressive figure... Hunter will be here (in Tucson) to fund raise for Jesse.

There are actually FOUR veterans running in our primary.


28 posted on 06/23/2009 4:00:01 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: DakotaRed

Well, we certainly don’t have a say in who runs. Only in who we support. Have to judge them on an individual basis. But I’m all for warriors over lawyers, all thing being equal.


29 posted on 06/23/2009 4:00:58 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DakotaRed

All four vets running in AZ Eighth are conservative.


30 posted on 06/23/2009 4:03:01 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: sneakers

Absolutely.


31 posted on 06/23/2009 4:04:35 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DLfromthedesert

Hunter himself was supported by none other than Chuck Yeager and that’s a resounding endorsement in my book.


32 posted on 06/23/2009 4:06:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yup. And he’s been working on that border fence for 15 years.


33 posted on 06/23/2009 4:07:28 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Califreak

Still have my sticker on as well.


34 posted on 06/23/2009 4:14:34 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

still have my cap !


35 posted on 06/23/2009 4:42:47 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: pissant; cripplecreek

The Republican Party rejected and censored the only real man who ran for the presidency in 2008. Political campaigns have become the bandwagons of shrieking, insulting shrews of the elite, thriving on government paychecks or bailouts and falsely accusing all dissenters. From now on, I will only vote for a candidate—a man—who has a solid voting record in favor of

* Producing American goods and preventing traitorous deals with foreign communists and other enemies.

* Supporting fatherhood in families by repealing feminist laws and closing anti-family offices.

* Supporting market-based education. Teachers and administrators should receive what they earn in competition.

* Supporting sincere allies without betraying them for pecuniary and pagan interests—pecuniary meaning allowing Iran to build nuclear weapons out of fear of higher freight fuel prices and foreign product prices, lying about moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem,...

* Putting organized crime down—drug family members manipulating local governments, regulations abused to stop some families from legitimately competing,...

Until we see enough support for such a man, the consequences of hormonally conceived and perpetrated policies will continue to weaken and destroy America. I can do nothing more than watch the demise of so many Americans to lives of peasantry under compulsive, libertine, globalist plutocrats.


36 posted on 06/23/2009 6:12:39 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96)
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To: familyop
He was the true Reaganite in the race and it showed in the fact that he didn't spend time telling everyone about it.


As Ann Coulter wrote in her new book, the best-qualified of all the candidates is Rep. Duncan Hunter. During the debate he was the candidate who provided the best information about the economy and had a first-rate suggestion of what we need to do.

He keyed in on what must be one of the most important economic issues – trade.

He talked about our shocking $800 billion trade deficit, and what the Chinese are doing to us. Duncan understands that when anybody cites Ronald Reagan as a free-trade advocate in defense of our present trade policies, they need to remember that in my dad's playbook, protection of the American people came before anything else.

Take the case of Harley-Davidson. My father protected this American manufacturer of motorcycles against lower-priced Japanese imports. When he acted in behalf of an American company, Kawasaki and Honda reacted by moving their plants to the U.S. and created American jobs for American workers.

His policy was so successful that although he gave five years of protective tariffs to Harley-Davison, they didn’t even need that long a time before they could turn their company around. Given a level playing field they proved their superiority as an American manufacturer.

Ronald Reagan did the same thing with semiconductors, and the auto and steel industries. He also forced the Japanese and others to open up their markets to American products so that trade would be fair. When that didn’t happen he would impose tariffs on those products coming into the U.S., thus protecting American manufacturers.

Sure, he was a free trader who wanted too open up trade, but he always sought first to protect the sovereignty of the United States and its manufacturing base. He did not confuse free trade with giving the store away.


The effects of our current trade policies and the horrendous trade deficit they have produced are a gun pointed at the heart of our economy, and the Republican who can stand up and tell the truth about this problem and its solutions will be the one who emerges from the pack.


Michael Reagan on Ronald Reagan, free trade, and Duncan Hunter
37 posted on 06/23/2009 6:24:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: familyop

You have some pretty tough standards. LOL.

Mine should be relatively easy for a man of conservative, pro-America princliples to follow.

Support US sovereignty and reject any international agreements that encroach on it.

Support the Constitution, as it was written and amended. Devolve the Federal leviathan back to its constitutional limits

Support American business and capitalism

Maintain a military capable of defeating all enemies

Dismiss Political Correctness for the marxist construct that it is.

Give thanks to the Almighty for granting us his favor and act in a manner to deserve that favor


38 posted on 06/23/2009 6:39:44 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

“Hunter/Demint 2012 “

We’re dreaming pissant. The media is never going to allow such sanity. They don’t want statesmen/patriots, they want OBAMA celebrities with no honor.


39 posted on 06/23/2009 7:20:59 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: AuntB

I’m not worried about what the marxists want, that’s a given. It’s what the republicans want that concerns me. The morons at Weekly Standard, Nat. Review, Fox, etc will be undoubtedly dusting off their RINO kneepads again for 2012.


40 posted on 06/23/2009 7:35:00 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Dahoser

“he really hurt himself in debates by being a johnny one note on foreign trade.”

Oh, please, every day proves him right on trade. And he was a johnny one note in your mind only. Did you forget that Obama didn’t think much of our trade agreements either...didn’t seem to hurt him...you know that promise to review all trade agreements?


41 posted on 06/23/2009 7:38:38 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: marron

“He usually only had the chance to answer one or two questions the whole evening.”

If that. And they always stuck him on the end of the line in the debates where you could not see him.

Duncan Hunter, American media’s best kept secret.


42 posted on 06/23/2009 7:41:02 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: pissant
I agree with what you wrote.

"You have some pretty tough standards. LOL."

We know what to expect from Democrats: globalism that assists in building the military forces of foreign tyrants, feminism, etc. But as I compromised by voting Republican for so many years, the Republican Party moved increasingly toward supporting Hillary's efforts on all important issues. It stands against families, against needed defense measures and against American prosperity.

The situation has been pushed beyond the point of ridiculousness. "Forbes: I was in Colorado, and I knew people who had 200, 300 guns. And they'd stash them in various hidden places around their compound. This wasn't all that uncommon out west." [Intelligent Investing Panel, Going Great Guns, David Serchuk, 04.23.09, 04:00 PM EDT, Forbes]

The people he was speaking of are obviously not us lower class "Neanderthals," but the political class is rather out of touch. And their headlines are hysterical. ;-)

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
 Hysteria \Hys*te"ri*a\, n. [NL.: cf. F. hyst['e]rie. See
Hysteric.] (Med.)
A nervous affection, occurring almost exclusively in women,
in which the emotional and reflex excitability is
exaggerated, and the will power correspondingly diminished,
so that the patient loses control over the emotions, becomes
the victim of imaginary sensations, and often falls into
paroxism or fits.
[1913 Webster]

Note: The chief symptoms are convulsive, tossing movements of
the limbs and head, uncontrollable crying and laughing,
and a choking sensation as if a ball were lodged in the
throat. The affection presents the most varied
symptoms, often simulating those of the gravest
diseases, but generally curable by mental treatment
alone. Hysteric




43 posted on 06/23/2009 7:46:10 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, No-vote)
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To: AuntB

Sorry, being right doesn’t change that Hunter was a johnny one note. It was disappointing because he had a lot to offer. And I couldn’t care less what Milhouse said. Has nothing to do with what Hunter didn’t say.


44 posted on 06/23/2009 7:59:15 PM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: pissant

Thanks for the ping. B4DH.


45 posted on 06/23/2009 10:29:57 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: pissant
To be fair, I have had many people tell me being in the military is important for someone running for President.

They say: "You can't give orders until you've learn to take them"

46 posted on 06/24/2009 6:30:39 PM PDT by walsh
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To: pissant

Hey pissant! Rep. Hunter did ver well in the Texas polls, as well as a few other states. After the past six months, he needs to get out there to be heard and seen. It would help if he, as a Reagan conservative, would write a best seller on what has gone on behind the scenes in the Senate for the past 28 years, and include some of his more colorful vacations. I’m ready to go to work for him in a NY minute! Happy 4th!


47 posted on 07/04/2009 11:56:55 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Hunter/Palin or Palin/Hunter in 2012!)
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