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Q&A with Duncan Hunter in Sparks, NV

Posted by sierrascrapper on October 15, 2007

Question & Answer: U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

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Question: You have been doing well in several states’ straw polls, but not registering highly in the national polls. What is the disconnect?

Answer: In Texas, there were 1,300 delegates, who had either been to the national convention or the state convention, and I beat the nearest guy, Fred Thompson, by better than 2-to-1. Now the Iowa straw poll, where you had to pay

$35 a vote, I announced early on I wasn’t going to pay a dime for anybody’s vote. If you wanted to vote for me, you’d have to pay it out of your own pocket. We weren’t even contenders in that. Romney won that straw poll big. I did win the Arizona straw poll in Maricopa County. The difference is I’ve started from a congressional seat in California without huge national name ID. This contest in running for the presidency is largely a function of name identification, at least early on. In straw polls, where you can speak to the delegates, you can acquaint them with your positions. We get a great result when people know what we stand for. It’s going to be a lot of hard work to get out there and let 200 million people know your positions and what you stand for.

Q: Fellow Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo recently said if he doesn’t finish in the top three in at least one of the early primaries, he will drop out of the race. Do you have any such benchmarks on your own candidacy?

A: No. I haven’t put any timetable in place. I’m going to go hard and give it 110 percent, and I don’t contemplate losing. I think you have to do that. I’m not sticking around in my (congressional) seat. I’m not going to keep my foot on the lily pad. Some of the other guys are still going to run for their congressional offices, so at some point they need to get back into the swing of things. I thought that would make me look tentative, like I didn’t really believe I had a chance of winning if I kept my hand in for the congressional seat as well.

Q: Why do you think you will appeal to voters in Northern Nevada?

A: I think we’ve got a lot of common ground with the folks in Nevada. I believe in a strong national defense. You’ve got a ton of veterans in Nevada. I served in the 173rd Airborne in 75th Army Rangers in Vietnam. My son is in the Marine Corps now and on his third tour. I’ve been chairman of the armed services committee, and I think I have lot of common ground with veterans, and you’ve got a lot of veterans here.

People in Nevada are very concerned about illegal immigration, and I’m the only guy running, Democrat or Republican, who has actually built a border fence. I built that double fence in San Diego, and it reduced the smuggling of people and drugs in our sector more than 90 percent and I wrote the law that takes it 854 miles across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. That’s the law the president signed last October. They’ve only built a few miles of double border fence that’s in my law. One of my pledges is that as president, I will complete the entire 854 miles of the border fence in six months.

Q: What do you do with the illegal immigrants that are already here?

A: I think you have to ask them to go home. I think if you don’t enforce the law, you basically give them amnesty. You’re going to end up with a third wave of 10 or 12 or 20 million people feeling that they will get amnesty if they come across. At some point you have to say you really mean it. We need to enforce the law. Once you have a border that is sealed, you can focus on internal enforcement. Right now, we’re like a boat with a big hole in it, and we’re bailing water furiously. You have to plug the hole in the boat. When you have a situation where people can be deported at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and be back by 6 o’clock, then you’re using all your energy and all your personnel to simply operate what is effectively a revolving door. So, you have to close the border.

Q: Do you support what the Bush administration is doing in Iraq and would you do anything diffidently?

A: My recommendation as president is to ensure that of the 131 Iraqi battalions that are now trained and equipped, all 131 of them have at least two or three months operational experience in combat. When they’re battle hardened, they can start to rotate into the battlefield and displace American heavy forces, Marines and Army, and our guys can come home or go to other places in central command. I think we’ll leave Iraq in victory. I think that government will hold.

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Military Moms Win Against Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi

Posted by sierrascrapper on September 25, 2007

I received this story in my email box today and wanted to share with everyone the wonderful success these two Moms and Move America Forward had in Washington DC last week.  Gold Star mom Debbie Lee and Blue Star mom Deborah Johns led a pro-troop caravan across more than 4,500 miles in the “Fight for Victory” Tour. One presidential candidate appears in the ad with the two moms. Can you guess which candidate it is?Read the story below to find out who the TRUE CONSERVATIVE in the race for  President is in 2008.  The only candidate to support this movement, cared enough about our troops to show up 3 times to speak on their behalf.  That speaks volumes about the intregrity of Duncan Hunter and one of the reasons that he should be our next President.

Tuesday, September 25 , 2007

For two weeks Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee and Blue Star Mom Deborah Johns led a pro-troop caravan of vehicles that traveled more than 4,500 miles across this country in the “Fight for Victory Tour.” They held 27 pro-troop rallies in cities across America, with their objective being to stop Senator Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from undermining our troops in Iraq.

In a tale akin to David v. Goliath, these two military moms won – and Reid and Pelosi lost!!!

As the New York Times admitted in a news story published this past week:

“With other war initiatives seemingly headed for the same fate, Senate Democrats, who only two weeks ago proclaimed September to be the month for shifting course in Iraq, conceded that they had little chance of success.”

Debbie Lee and Deborah Johns are both single moms who gave up two weeks of their lives, away from their families, to join with the pro-troop organization, Move America Forward, and rally the American people to stand behind our troops and their missions in the war on terror.

Debbie Lee’s son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy Seal killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Deborah John’s son, Marine Sgt. William Johns, has proudly served 3 tours of duty in Iraq – and volunteered to go back for a 4th deployment.

Now these patriotic women stand ready to fight back from the next round of attacks against our troops and their missions by MoveOn.org and their allies in the anti-military Left.


MoveOn.org and the anti-military left are currently spending MILLIONS of dollars in advertising to beat down the morale of the American people and urge them to turn against the missions of our troops.
Now it’s time for us to respond with our positive, pro-troop national advertising campaigns!Instead of full-page ads attacking our generals, as purchased by MoveOn.org, we have the chance to run full page newspaper ads, and national television ad campaigns, featuring the patriotic, pro-troop message of military moms Debbie Lee and Deborah Johns.>>> We need every person reading this email to pitch in and support this effort with a donation – no matter how small or large of a contribution you can afford to make.

How 2 Pro-Troop Moms Spent
Their Summer Vacation

Here’s a few photographs from the cross-country, pro-troop, trek across this nation. If you want to see stories like this told to the American people then help these military mom’s raise the funds to purchase airtime to get their stories told – CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE.


In Las Cruces, New Mexico the pro-troop caravan received a police escort!


Thousands turned out across the country. You’ll be surprised
but even in San Francisco the crowd was especially enthusiastic!


In Carson City, Nevada Congressman Duncan Hunter
joined Move America Forward Chairman, Melanie Morgan, in support
of the pro-troop effort led by Debbie Lee and Deborah Johns.


In the village of Niles, Illinois (suburb of Chicago) the caravan led
a 9/11 candlelight remembrance and pro-troop rally.


In Des Moines there was both a great crowd and
a Jr. ROTC Color Guard present at the State Capitol.


We worked hard to get our message heard through local
media. At this stop in Oklahoma City we had 4 TV stations, radio stations
and print media present to cover our rally and get the message out!


In Sacramento the pro-troop moms were greeted by this great crowd!


Here’s some shots of our pro-troop caravan as we drove through Texas!


At each stop the caravan had supporters sign pro-troop banners that
were then presented to the wounded warriors recovering from injuries
at Walter Reed Medical Center at the caravan’s conclusion.


Congressman Mike Pence welcomed us to our Indianapolis stop.


With the media in tow, the military moms confronted Senator Reid’s D.C. office
and took them to task for Reid’s statement that “this war is lost.”


The Grand Finale: An event at the White House Featuring
President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney
and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Let’s get this positive, pro-troop message out!

Do your part to help fund a new national ad campaign that will stand up against MoveOn.org and those who speak out against our troops and their missions in the war on terrorism.

Here are just two of the many great media stories that were generated by the “Fight for Victory Tour”:

*Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Media Doesn’t Show Whole Picture, Iraq War Vet says

*WPXI TV:

Largest Pro-Troop Caravan Makes Stop In North Fayette Twp.

Now help us build on this terrific momentum that we’ve already built, as we fund the national ad campaign to fight back against MoveOn.org, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PRO-TROOP EFFORT – HERE

Duncan Hunter is clearly the conservative’s candidate of choice. Visit Duncan Hunter’s website and donate here: 

 Duncan Hunter '08 For President

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