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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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Duncan Hunter places in top 3 for Straw Poll held at CLC

Posted by sierrascrapper on October 13, 2007

Duncan Hunter found a treasure trove of support at the Conservative Leadership Conference held in Sparks, NV over the weekend.  Attendees to the event were able to vote in the a straw poll hosted by Political Derby.  This conference was a very libertarian leaning event and it is evidenced by the winner of the straw poll.  However, Duncan had quite a showing and still came in over the majority of the “media darlings” by an overwhelming amount of votes.

The Full Results:

1.  Ron Paul  32.80%
2.  Mitt Romney  16.13%
3.  Duncan Hunter  14.52%
4.  Undecided  11.29%
5.  Fred Thompson  7.53%
6.  Rudy Giuliani  6.45%
7.  Alan Keyes  3.76%
8.  Mike Huckabee  3.23%
9.  Tom Tancredo  1.61%
10.  John McCain  1.08%
11.  Other  1.08%
12.  Sam Brownback  0.54%

Political Derby Website

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Duncan Hunter to speak at CLC in Reno, NV

Posted by sierrascrapper on October 5, 2007

Duncan Hunter is slated to speak at the Conservative Leadership Conference in Reno, NV on Saturday morning, October 13, 2007.  The conference is being held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.  A Presidential Preference Straw Poll will also be held during the conference.

A Meet & Greet/Townhall Meeting with Duncan Hunter has been scheduled for Friday night from 5-6pm in the Tahoe Room near the conference area at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.  This is a great opportunity to meet with Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter and discuss the issues with him.  We will be passing out literature about Congressman Hunter, accepting contributions to the campaign, as well as looking for volunteers to help us spread the word.

Now more than any other time, we need to take this opportunity to influence the national election with a candidate who truly represents the Reagan Legacy.  Please join us!

 If you are interested in attending the Conservative Leadership Conference check out this link:

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Duncan Hunter…A leader that stands for America

Posted by sierrascrapper on September 26, 2007

Recent newspaper column written by Janie B for the Dallas Morning News relating to why Duncan Hunter won the Texas Straw Poll held in late August of 2007. 

I attended the Texas GOP Straw Poll in Fort Worth a few weeks ago and voted for 2008 Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter.  Mr. Hunter’s overwhelming victory in the straw poll among the Republican base provided a perfect opportunity for our local media to inform the public about him and maybe even investigate why he won in Texas.  After all, many people still have not heard of him, and certainly don’t know his background or what he stands for.   Since the media largely chose not to take the opportunity, I will.

First, some background.  Duncan Hunter is a decorated Vietnam veteran.  He and his wife of 33 years, Lynne, have two sons, one of whom is a Marine who served in Iraq, and is currently serving in Afghanistan.   Mr. Hunter was first elected U.S. Representative from the San Diego, California area in 1980, and has been reelected with the support of large majorities of Democrats and Republicans since that time. He became a member of the Armed Services Committee early in his career, became chairman in 2002, and is currently the ranking Republican member.

So, why did Duncan Hunter win the Texas GOP Straw Poll?   I believe it comes down to this:  Duncan Hunter believes in America and what it stands for, and he courageously lives by core conservative principles that have never wavered, regardless of the prevailing political winds.   He says what he means and means (and does) what he says, and Texans like that in a person.

Most of us, as Texans and Americans, believe in our country and its people infinitely more than we believe in any politician or party.   I have to confess, I have been furious with the Republican leadership for the past several years.  I stopped contributing time and money to the party when I realized that many of its national leaders are more interested in preserving their own political careers than they are in preserving our country.   So, why did I go to the Texas GOP Straw Poll?  The one and only reason: to vote for Duncan Hunter. 

For the first time since Ronald Reagan, I am inspired by a candidate for President.   I had the privilege to personally meet him at the Straw Poll, and found him to be confident, optimistic, articulate, and extremely intelligent, with a self-deprecating sense of humor.   He is also a gentleman, even when the public isn’t watching – definitely not your typical politician.   

As for his record, Duncan Hunter’s votes have always matched his words.   He has consistently voted to reduce government control over our lives, while maintaining a strong national defense.   He understands the threat of Islamic terrorism in America and abroad.   He has been consistently pro-life, and strongly supports the Second Amendment – not as a right to hunt, but as a deterrent to tyranny, as the founders intended. 

Duncan Hunter especially inspires me because he is not afraid to part ways with the Republican establishment when it fails to act in the best interests of the country.  On issues like amnesty, unfair trade practices with China, the NAFTA superhighway, and unconstitutional campaign finance reform, Duncan Hunter has voted against many in his own party.   He has been a tireless advocate for national sovereignty and the rule of law throughout his years of public service.  

Duncan Hunter had a double-border fence built in San Diego several years ago, which reduced the drug-smuggling trade there by 90%.   He also wrote the Secure Border Fence Act of 2006.  The act, now law, mandates the extension of the fence along our entire southern border.

The media and the Republican party elite have spent the past year focused on their chosen “top tier” candidates (the “Ted Kennedy wing of the Republican party,” as Duncan Hunter likes to call them).   My advice to any Republican or Democrat who cares about the future of the country is this:  don’t let other people limit your choices.   Right now, you have the chance to vote for the only true conservative in the race – Duncan Hunter.   Don’t waste your precious vote on anybody else.

If you would like to learn more about Duncan Hunter, visit his Official Website or join one of our groups Duncan Hunter Yahoo Group or Duncan Hunter National Meetup Group

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