January 7th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Struggling GOP candidate to stay in the race

Hunter has struggled in the crowded GOP presidential field.

Hunter has struggled in the crowded GOP presidential field.

(CNN) – Underdog GOP presidential candidate Duncan Hunter lashed out at "knucklehead media executives" who did not include him in this weekend's New Hampshire primary debates, telling reporters he was staying in the race despite widespread expectations he would announce his withdrawal.

The conservative California congressman criticized debate organizers at FOX and ABC for not extending him an invitation when "guys with zero delegates" like Rudy Giuliani and John McCain were allowed to participate in the events, saying they "decided my campaign was over, and the lights would be shut out on my campaign.

"So here's my answer: I'm not going to quit. I'm staying in."

Hunter won a single delegate in Wyoming’s Republican presidential caucuses this weekend, but is barely registering in Granite State polls, and has faced persistent campaign cash woes. Debate organizers have said he was not extended an invitation to this weekend's events because he did not meet their minimum polling and fundraising standards for inclusion.

(Item updated to include Hunter's afternoon remarks.)

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Duncan Hunter • New Hampshire
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Dave Diamond, Mont Vernon, NH

    I didn't realize the NHGOP pulled their support for the Fox forum - good for them, shows a lot of integrity! As a Joe Biden supporter, I feel for Hunter, I really do. But if my guy had to get out of the race, I'm glad he did it when he did it, so I wouldn't have to feel later on that I'd thrown my vote away. I'm independent (or "undeclared" as we say here in NH) so I get to switch sides and I'll be voting for John McCain. Bottom line is I just trust him the most.

    January 7, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. FL on the 29th

    TO: Karen January 7, 2008 1:38 pm ET

    Nice posting! You're exactly what I imagine all Obama supporters to be like. Immature, uninformed, superficial. Stop acting like a six year old.

    January 7, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    David S. January 7, 2008 2:01 pm ET

    Say goodbye to the candidate who's only claim to fame was that Ann Coulter endorsed him.

    That alone was enough reason to ignore this buffoon.

    January 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Gititdone

    Duncan needs to sue the media under the "Fairness Doctrine" so he can get some equal time. He is the only one that has really walked the talk when it comes to immigration and Fair Trade. Why are we paying the Chinese government with special deals, $1m to rent their panda's and giving them funds for students? They are not a 3rd world nation anymore. Duncan will end this.

    As for you Obama supporters and Scott, Duncan won the Texas straw poll and just picked up the endorsement of the Nevada Republican Assemblies. He is the only one running besides McCanless that has military experience. If we are fighting a war, I want someone who knows how to fight and not whine and sniffle.

    January 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. msbobbie

    WHAT A BUNCH OF HOOEY! I might add wishful thinking. You people better be careful what you wish for.

    I applaud Duncan Hunter for hanging in there. He is the only electable candidate who is not connected to the Council on Foreign Relations. If you do not know what the ambitions of that organization and their comrades in arms, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg group are, you had best find out before you cast a vote.

    January 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Mr. X

    Dave,
    Have you taken a look at Ron Paul?

    January 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. tr88

    Besides "hope" how is Obama going to reach across party lines?

    Is there any policy that he isnt a tradiitonal liberal on?

    Does he have any clearly defined policy positions on anything?

    I have a feeling if he gets the nomination, McCain will eat his lunch during debate season. That is, if McCain gets the republican nomination.

    McCain is the republicans only chance, I think, but if it is him, I think he'll win.

    January 7, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Pixie

    Duncan,

    We're with you all the way!

    Go Duncan Hunter Go!

    ABC and FOXNews should be ashamed of their actions. I have watched FOXNews for the last 10 years and I'm ashamed of your actions!

    Pixie

    January 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Gititdone

    Is Iran testing us because Obama is in the race? Is he a secret sympathizer that will sell us down the tubes? I believe Duncan knows more than anyone else having been underfire. We need someone with courage and understanding, not just conviction, to do the Right Thing. When the chips are down, who can handle this situation best and not give in like Reagan was encouraged to do with the Russians.

    January 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Mark

    Who cares? The guy's been a non-factor in the race so far and will doubtless continue to be so. Isn't he a congressman? Go back to Washington, Congressman. I'm sure there's something for you to do there.

    January 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. lunck missing

    Duncan hunter who ?
    I know Duncan Donuts and would enthusiastically support MR DONUTS for President.

    January 7, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. lunck missing

    Hilliary pilllary set on a wall
    Hillary pillary had a great fall
    And Barack had the last laugh...
    Duncan cookies , in coffee..yummmm

    January 7, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Kenneth Powell

    The "main stream media" should be ashamed of themselves. This is nothing more than CENSORSHIP. Duncan is still in the race, but yet the media will not allow his message to be heard. They don't want it to be heard. It doesn't fit THEIR agenda. Rush, Glenn...all of them are guilty of this. SHAME ON YOU!

    Kenneth

    January 7, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. lunck missing

    Iran then Iwalk then Iraq the pool balls up and play around of goof

    January 7, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    This is ashame that the press is ignoring him. This cat is better than Huckabee and Rudy.

    ClintonNetworkNews.com

    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. eddie

    Hunter is the type of politician everybody should hate. He sponsored so many projects that were absolute wastes of money. Like allowing physically handlcapped people to hunt on one of the offshore islands of California. Nutty idea because , 1) the island was part of a National Park, and 2) the island had no infrastructure whatsover. Good riddence to him, and his son too is he is trying to annoint to his district.

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Doug, San Diego

    This guy has been stinking up the 52nd district since 1980. For those of you unfamiliar with San Diego, the 52nd is the backwoods, rednecked section of our county, and votes accordingly. Duncan rode Reagan's coattails into office in '80 and hasn't gone away since. When his Repub majority became a minority in '06 he lost his Chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee, he also lost the ability to steer Goverment dollars into the hands of a few select defense contractors who had him in their back pockets for many years. These were his true constituents. There are also probable skeletons connected with the Abramoff scandal, so Dunc packed up his toys and decided to leave congress. Its truly hysterical that he thought his redneck support in East San Diego County could be turned into a national Red State Fervor for his presidential candidacy. He's now pushing his son's candidacy for his old congressional seat. Hopefully there will be enough room on Obama's coattails for one of our excellent Dem candidates running against Dunc Junior. Another family legacy that should be shot down by wary voters. Sadly, most people in my district are not engaged or curious enough to look past the Hunter brand name....

    January 7, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. AuntieEm

    Hey CNN. How about giving him a name in the headline. Are you no better than Fox and ABC?

    January 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Mick Delaware

    Duncan Hunter is running for President??

    January 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. marcy

    Duncan Hunter is a good man, by the looks of some of the comments on here, some of you have not been paying attention at all, maybe your not being over run and burdened with illegal immigration like we are here in Texas. This man will build a fence and do whatever he has to to protect this country. Some would rather support someone who has no experiance, no plan except to pull our troops home and open our borders wide and give amnesty and free health care to all on the backs of legal taxpapers, now that scarey.

    January 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. popsinprescott

    If you do not know Duncan Hunter, then do yourself and America a favor. Go to Duncan Hunter for President website and get educated. Then do the right thing and vote Duncan Hunter for President!

    January 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Megan

    I'm one of Fred's supporters that begged him to run via petition and while Duncan isn't my 1st choice, I do respect the man and was upset with the media dictating which candidates had no chance before a single vote was even made. (I've seen firsthand the bias against Fred (not including him on Presidential ballots with O'Reilly, parroting a democratic strategists' label of him being "lazy" instead of doing a little research to see how many accomplishments the man has, etc, so I can sympathize with Hunters supporters, too)

    It's funny that so many voters say they want a change in DC and then go back to voting for many of the people that have been there and are knee deep in the political corruption out there...solely because the media pundits have convinced them that honest Conservatives don't stand a chance. (until that last vote is counted, there ARE no winners, regardless of what they might want us to believe!!)

    Fred Thompson is one of the few candidates that has kept each of his past campaign promises and Hunter is the only candidate that I could've given my support to, if Fred had chosen not to get in this race. They both are strong leaders and highly respected men.

    While the others fight with each other on stage like children, you can tell which candidates have come there to discuss this nation's future and what they are going to do to ensure it's better for all of us. Unfortunately, the only ones getting the media attention are the ones slinging insults around at the others.

    If you're interested in finding out more about Fred Thompson and what you can do to bring someone that has already got a record of going after corrupt practices in Washington (check out his GAO Report to see the sheer volume of corruption he tracked down in his report and his suggestions on ways to crack down on it)

    For more information on Fred's current detailed policies, go to his website at http://www.fred08.com, click on issues and then white papers. While you're there, he could use whatever donations you can spare to keep him going and prove to the media that they can't dictate our choices for President.

    PS...In case you haven't noticed...several of the same people are always chosen to participate in those "undecided voters" focus groups that you see after these debates on Fox....isn't the idea to get a variety of differing real opinions to see a sampling, rather than using the same people over and over again?? (google Luntz focus groups if interested)

    January 7, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. popsinprescott

    Duncan Hunter's campaign is alive and well. He is a great American statesman not an empty suit neophyte politician like Obama. Vote Duncan Hunter!

    January 7, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. DA

    Hunter is wrong. McCain won 3 delegates in Iowa, so he's actually beating Hunter right now.

    January 7, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. kaks

    Thank you to Duncan Hunter for having the guts to continue on in spite of all of the nasty remarks and comments that have been made here and elsewhere. Finally someone said something to the ridiculous media who try to run this country lock stock and barrel!

    He is a super patriot, and he deserves to be heard on all the issues of which he is more than informed. Michael Reagan said he was the only candidate who even compared to his dad, Ronald Reagan. You better be glad he had the guts to stand up to the media and tell it like it is!

    Any man that fights for this country, along with his father and son, deserves to be heard and acknowledged. He is the only candidate left who will represent you in Washington on illegal immigration-secure borders, FAIR TAX, Chinese trade debacles, outsourcing, Iraq War management, pardoning Ramos and Compean, etc. The list goes on and on, and you better inform yourselves, or you are going to wind up with the same kind of people in power no matter what their party affiliation. People who don't give a darn about what happens to you and your family, or this country.

    I like what Ohio said, "This cat is better than Huckabee and Rudy." He/she is absolutely right on the money!

    January 7, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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