Skip to comments.Welcome Congressman Duncan Hunter - LIVE Thread (virtual Free Republic press Conference)
Posted on 08/13/2007 1:24:44 PM PDT by pissant
To members of Free Republic and friends, I would like to introduce a candidate for President of the United States and the current congressman from the 52nd district of California, Duncan Hunter!! To Americans who value the patriotism and missions of our Armed Forces, to those who want to put fear into the hearts of our adversaries from Beijing to Tehran, to those who value the rule of law when it comes to illegal immigration, to those who realize that the unborn deserve full legal protection beginning at conception, to those who believe Peace through Strength is far more than a motto, to those who do not like giving communist China unfettered access to our markets while they cheat at every turn, to those who want to halt and reverse losses of US sovereignty to global entities, and to those who want the GOP to return to Reaganism, Mr. Hunter is the Best choice.
Congressman Hunter currently is the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, after spending the previous 4 years as its chair. He is an original co-sponsor of the Fair Tax bill and he is the author of the Secure Borders bill, signed by President Bush in 2006, which mandates 800+ miles of double fence across the smuggling corridors of the SW. He also is the man who has led the fight against NAFTAs Mexican truckers having free reign on our roads, has forced congressional oversight of the executive branchs Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canada and Mexico, and was instrumental in saving our military intelligence officers from having to jump through bureaucratic hoops unrelated to combat.
A Vietnam combat Veteran himself, he currently has a son in the Marine Corps, Capt. Duncan Duane Hunter who is busy hunting jihadis in Afghanistan after two tours in Iraq. Congressman Hunter has been the anti-dote to the liberals in Congress doing their damndest to cut and run from the battlefield. Mr. Hunter knows that this war is our generations calling, and the only way we can leave is to WIN.
Below are 15 questions we compiled last month on Free Republic, which we sent to Congressman Hunter a few weeks ago. They are followed by his answers. This is the springboard we will use to kick off Mr. Hunters live virtual press conference on FR today.
Please stop by and say hello and you may post additional questions. HOWEVER, Please realize that time limitations will prevent him from answering all the questions you may have. Though he may get time later to forward answers to many left unaddressed during this session.
Please drop Jim Robinson a note of thanks as well. For not only hosting this event, but for having the best conservative website in the country!
Also, no disruptors allowed. Your posts will be removed.
The following is our Kickoff Q&A session:
Thank you Congressman Hunter!
And another space item: Should the US continue to be a signatory to the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty?
Sir, I am strongly for helping our allies in Israel, but the projected foreign aid per annum seems very high to me, considering our huge trade deficits, and the $4,000 per second the Iraq war is costing us. What would be your recommendation for financial aid for Israel, Sir? Thank you.
Sir, why are you the only candidate who openly recognizes the economic and potential military threat posed by Red China?
But isn’t there more to it? What impact does the Presidential nominee have on the Party platform and the cross-section of RNC membership for the next four years? What will YOUR role be on the Life issue and the Party platform when you are nominated?
With few exceptions, yourself included, conservatives often get to Washington, drink the water and join as you so aptly put it, the “Kennedy wing of the Republican Party”.
What can we do to ensure that when conservatives are elected and get to DC that they operate under the assumption that bipartisanship means to get the OTHER guys to vote conservative.
We have been very disappointed in some of our folks as of late.
You may have noticed the recent interception of weapons from European smugglers to Insurgents in Baghdad. Good intelligence is the primary tool for the interdiction of arms shipments. However, the reality is that the borders of Iraq are enormously porous, our human intelligence apparatus is still recovering from the Clinton Era and the prospects for stemming the flow of arms into any Middle East country are dim. Iran has been proven to have provided deadly bombs which have been used against Americans in Iraq. As a result, at this point our nation has total license to destroy any sources, supply lines, or training facilities that support these anti-American activities. Further, should the Iranians continue down the path of nuclear weapons development, the United States must have plans to prevent the acquisition by Iran of a nuclear device. As President, I will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
“Let us know Rep. Hunter what we can do to help. You know where to find us! We will be happy to give you a ping list!”
I ditto that, and what do you think of Free Republic Duncan Hunter supporters each writing a letter to the editor, after they contribute to your campaign, of course. :)
Thank you for your response. God bless!
Thank you sir. I don't have any issue with military expenditures (and other constitutional items), but it's insane that a taxpayer of Georgia funds the Massachusetts "Big Dig", or bridges in Alaska. I'm all for each state spending their own monies for their own state projects. Is there anything you would do as President to curb/limit such projects?
As President, I will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
***Would that mean an invasion if push came to shove?
I hope that we FReepers can help win you the Republican nomination, and then into the White House.
These are dangerous times we live in, and I honestly believe that you are the best man to lead America at this time in history.
Thank You Congressman Hunter.
My wife and I will be voting for you in the CA primary.
Please continue your challenge to win the GOP nomination for the 2008 election. You are the only real choice that conservatives have to support in the upcoming election.
Question: What two or three things must be accomplished to elevate your message to the GOP voters to gain traction and increasing support so that the media must focus attention on your candidacy? What specifically can we do to help you get your message out?
Our prayers and support are with you. - OB1
How can all political bias in the mainstream media all over the world truly be ended for always and truly replaced by fair and balanced media coverage on all of the issues for always?
Mr Hunter, thank you so much for coming to our forums. My only question is: what steps you would take if Iran made any new moves to acquire nuclear weapons/technology?
Duncan Hunter it is.
Thank You Congressman Hunter.
My wife and I will be voting for you in the CA primary.
Do I need to post my question directly to Congressman Hunter?
A great big welcome to the Next President of the United States, Duncan Hunter!
Great answer on God in public view too!
Thank you for your service and thank you for your son’s service too.
May God Bless you and yours.
It's a pleasure to have you here with us. I recently donated to your campaign because I've never heard a statement from you that I didn't like. This thread has been no different. Keep up the good work.
What’s your view of the Constitution Party?
You are so right! Duncan Hunter you are the CLEAR CHOICE for President. I know you can turn out nation back in the right direction for a change. There is no other candidate out there that stands so firmly on what he believes and you tell it like it is. STRAIGHT AND TRUE!
The only GOP candidate. I've seen where Dem candidates including Hillary and Obama address China from this respect. I think it's an issue ripe for the Dems to exploit and I'm glad Congressman Hunter was first into the fray on this critical issue.
American Soldiers and Marines must have the ability to
1) destroy the enemy
2) protect themselves
These requirements are interpreted by battlefield commanders who adopt specific rules according to the area of operations. For example: a crowded city is not a free-fire zone, while a situation like the second battle of Fallujah where the civilian population is evacuated is much different. Urban fighting is extremely difficult, because the enemy is often revealed only as they expose weapons immediately prior to their attack. Most battlefield commanders take this into consideration when laying out rules of engagement in specific situations. My recommendation is always to enact ROE’s that favor the survival of U.S. Troops.
When elected, if Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are still incarcerated, what would you do, if anything?
In my opinion, a politician must seize political opportunity in order to win...which might be more difficult than it sounds.
However, I can identify at least one political opportunity currently ripe for plucking: the news media isn’t asking Senator Hillary Clinton “the hard questions.”
Now, people may disagree with my examples below of hard questions, but the principle stands even if the true “hard questions” are different from the following examples.
If I was a political advisor for Mr. Hunter, I would suggest asking these questions that “the news media won’t ask” in order to shock the news establishment as well as become “newsworthy” on a regular basis...hitting her with a new “hard question” on a regular basis.
My own examples of what the news media won’t ask her:
1. Should U.S. or UN food aid be given to Zimbabwe
2. Should China and India keep their Kyoto emission compliance exemptions
3. Should Chinese firms be required to carry product liability insurance in the U.S.
4. Should the U.S. go to war over Kosovo (again)
5. Should the Senate filibuster SCOTUS nominees
6. Should Hollywood movies be taxed based upon the number of guns shown therein
7. Should new nuclear power plants be built in the U.S.
8. Should government always grow larger
9. Should a sales tax replace our income tax
10.Would you nominate a practicing Christian to the SCOTUS
11.Should Wall Street be bailed out by the Fed
12.Should all doctors be government employees
13.Should guns be banned
14.Should immigration and borders be open and unlimited
15.Should inner-city parents have school-choice vouchers for their children
My Navy son (home on leave from Yokosuka, Japan), sends his regards.
Rather than base a Presidency on the satisfaction of interest groups, I will work to shape an America where our citizens are more independent of government the day I leave the White House than when I take office.
Thank you Congressman Hunter for your valuable time!
Would you ever consider decriminalizing marijuana or eliminating the “war on drugs” completely? Such a stance would be welcomed by many voters from both sides of the aisle.
I am doubly glad that we have in you a candidate anthentic in the mold of Ronald Reagan and a veteran of those days.
I have no question, only a deeply heartfelt request. Please win.
God bless you.
Ping to warriors on Terri's List and prolifers.
Mr. Hunter, you’ve got my vote first chance I get and have already recieved a campaign contribution. I’m praying for your success.
Can you say anything regarding the campaign and how you see a breakout happening for you? You don’t have debt but didn’t take the “shot” that some did by focusing on the Iowa straw poll.
Many of us in the PetroChem and refining engineering field have watched aghast as critical skills are shipped oversees. (Not to mention all the plans and details of refineries which are pretty much bombs the size of a small city.)
Therefore I applaud you when you recognize that some limits on trade are good and are a strategically important both to our security and economy.
Is it fair or accurate for detractors to call you a “protectionist” in general or an “isolationist”?
I hope to be in Pennsylvania within the next six weeks! I was last there speaking in support of the great Congressman Joe Pitts (Air Force Pilot, Conservative, Patriot).
**** 13.Should guns be banned ****
That will earn a violent revolution.
Do you believe in creating term limits for all of Congress?
I asked about Secretary of Defense back on Post #110.... nothing yet.
Supporter in WA State. Just going over the thread now to read your answers. One worrisome problem - wish ALL candidates had the same time to answer questions. I have never seen such a disgraceful manipulation of these so called “debates.” The left has made a sham of them.
Welcome to FreeRepublic, sir!
——————————————————————————————Rather than base a Presidency on the satisfaction of interest groups, I will work to shape an America where our citizens are more independent of government the day I leave the White House than when I take office.
I will be supporting and voting for you in the primary. You sir are the man to lead this nation's fight against the forces that would destroy us.
My best wishes for success in your quest for the Presidency.
Thank you for saying this, and more, for KNOWING it.
I LOVE this. I hope that it helps to get him the attention that he deserves.
Coulter likes him, and so does George Will. That just about runs the gamut on the right.
If my husband loved me, he’d win the lottery. Then I’d write a big, fat check to the Hunter campaign.