January 3rd, 2008
11:12 PM ET
15 years ago

Hunter stays in GOP presidential race

(CNN) - Rep. Duncan Hunter will continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination despite his last place finish Thursday in the Iowa caucuses, his campaign manager tells CNN.

“Absolutely, he is staying in,” Roy Tyler, the California Republican’s top aide, said in an interview late Thursday night. “We actually predicted we would not do well in Iowa. We were not expecting a lot. That is why we did not put a lot of resources into there.”

Hunter only received 1 percent support in the caucuses. The California Republican has already announced he will retire from Congress at the end of the year.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Duncan Hunter
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Missmarple

    January 4, 2008 2:58 am ET

    Hunter couldn't get elected mayor of San Diego

    But I guarantee his son will be elected to fill his seat.

    January 4, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Joshua

    Hunter was the only A because he was the ONLY one that answered the questions. Hardly a ringing endorsement.

    January 4, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. ninja

    Hunter's better than most not bringing in enough money to be totally bought off. It's just not his time. If anyone but Ron Paul is elected and the nafta superhighway comes to fruition then Hunter may be able to actually get in the spot light with his proposed opposition. Since it looks as if Dems are hungry to steal this one this year then expect to see Hunter again in 2012. Right now though, he is naive thinking he can stick to his guns and still play ball with the neocons. Go home, brush up on your Constitution and check in on us in a few years. Just be careful who you take money from, cuz we are watching.

    January 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Ben

    We need to get behind Huckabee now... he had every disadvantage and still won with a positive message.

    January 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Robert Benson

    Huckabee is a liberal. Please do your homework. High taxes, state paid for tuition for illegal aliens! He isn't even supported by his own home state. (they endorsed Thompson) He asked for embargoes to end against Cuba.
    The fact that he is a Christian is great, but he doesn't even have his degree in Theology (he dropped out). Don't be duped.
    Even the Dems want him to get nominated, because they feel he is easy to pick off.
    He is selling "Jimmy Carter" folksey. Iowa doesn't set the tone for the Nation (ask President Kerry, Dean and Gore). South Carolina is a much better gage.
    Romney, same (changed his mind on abortion, come on!)
    McCain-one word "Amnesty", please!
    The only real conservative candidates are Duncan and Thompson.
    Now ask yourself, who do think the Democrats ( the press) and our enemies, don't want, who worries Clinton (who will get the nom.) because he would tear her apart.
    The answer is simple...Fred Thompson.

    January 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Linda, Seattle, WA

    Hunter and most of the GOP politicians in this country wouldn't know a Christian value if it knocked them upside the head. Get a grip!

    I beg to differ with those who said Hunter couldn't be elected mayor of San Diego - he couldn't be elected dog catcher (although he would probably be good at shooting strays).

    Perhaps we can elect someone to LEAD the country for a change - I think we've had our fill of voting for a President because he's the person we'd most like to have a beer with.

    The GOP will have provided us with 8 years of the WORST President ever and the WORST Administration ever and if any of you think we are safer because of Bush and his policies, then please send the heavy-duty drugs you are using my way so I can float off into "delusion land" too.

    January 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Linda, Seattle, WA

    ninja - The GOP are masters at "stealing" Presidential races. I'm just waiting for Romney to start the push polling/robo calling to GOP voters about Huckabee fathering a black baby to get them into his camp (just like that lovely "Christian" Bush and his buddy Rove did to McCain in 2000). I think the masters of slime are getting ready to ramp up - Huckabee better hold on - I don't think Chuck Norris can save him from the GOP tactics to come.

    January 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Mike USMC 95-99



    Have a good day!!

    I submit that Republicans, evangelicals, conservatives and residents of southern states ought to thank God for someone with a track record like Rep. Duncan Hunter (see below). We should stop feeding on what the media decides is fit for us to consume, stop guessing whom everyone else will vote for, think for ourselves and vote for him.

    National Rifle Association: A+
    Americans for Better Immigration: A+
    Eagle Forum: 100%
    Christian Coalition: 100%
    Family Research Council Action: 100%
    Campaign for Working Families: 100%
    Concerned Women for America: 100%
    National Right to Life Committee: 100%
    Federation for American Immigration Reform: 100%
    National Federation of Independent Business: 100%
    Gun Owners of America: A
    ** GodVoters.org: A ** (the ONLY A)
    See their endorsement here
    American Conservative Union: 92%
    Americans for Tax Reform: 88.5% (lifetime, most recent rating was 100%)
    National Tax Limitation Committee: 88
    National Taxpayers Union: B
    ACLU: 7% (indicates very conservative)
    NARAL: 0% (indicates a pro-life record)

    January 4, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. James

    Iowa was a one time deal for Huck. According to CNN's entrance polls, 60% of voters were evangelical christians...a snapshot of voters in America? Doubt it. Absolutely no Pro-war Republican will win the election.

    January 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Bill Culver, Covington,LA

    HANG IN THERE DUNCAN, Back on 27 January '07 in Fountain Hills, Arizona I suggested you were the person for the presidency. They told me you had problems. A week later I e-mailed them and suggested I understood your problem: You are a Republican, We need more of your kind. Thank you for all your service and the service of your family, I also am a former Marine, circa 1945.

    January 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Sam, Lincoln,NE

    Annamarie, if people like you actually did think for yourselves you wouldn't be voting for any of the clowns running for the GOP nomination, including Duncan Hunter. His brand of Christianity is what gives Christians a bad name.

    January 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Tom

    Duncan Hunter is running for President?? I thought he died last year.

    January 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Laurinda

    Well, I still am voting for Duncan Hunter because I think that he is the best out of all of them and Lou Dobbs likes him because he has had him on numerous times.

    January 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Kris, FL

    Duncan Hunter has my vote! Well said Linda, Seattle, WA ..."Perhaps we can elect someone to LEAD the country for a change — I think we've had our fill of voting for a President because he's the person we'd most like to have a beer with."

    Substance, consistency, capable not cute and charming....

    January 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Judy

    Sorry, Huckabee and Romney will split the GOP, assuring a win for the Democrats. It's time for the Republicans to rally behind a true conservative that we can all support. Too many people are saying they will not vote if Huckabee or Romney are nominated. Oh, and you only know about his stance on immigration and China because he has virtually been ignored in the debates. Check out his stance on the issues at http://www.gohunter08.com

    January 5, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. Mary True

    If all you sore heads out there who hate Hillary Clinton would just listen for a change instead of shooting your know-nothing mouths off you just might give her a chance. I think weak men are so scared of stong women that the only way they can stand themselves is to critisize women. Hillary Clinton is one of the hardest working women in US Senate. Compare (if you can bear it ) her record with Barak Obama's record. Hillary's work ethic would put most of us to shame. I want someone who can GET IT DONE. We need health care, more jobs, less discrimination, better education. etc. etc. I am so incensed when I read about how Barak Obama is going to change things. That's exactly what our current President mouthed before he stole the Election with some help from Daddy and the Power Brokers in the GOP. Barak Obama may be sincere and well meaning, however he knows zilch about how things get changed in DC. Please, for God's sake are we going to elect another "pretty face with little experience" again? Look what a wonderful mess we are in now due to George Bush's mistakes too numerous to count.

    January 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Mike

    First we have no choice but to accept the way the political system is. Its going to take years if not decades just to fix the mess bush has left us in. If we get to that point then we can start to work on what to do to fix the political monster we face. If we have not destroyed ourselves when this change comes about and im not talking about big broad steps because its going to have to be a little at a time. Its like this giant tree in your path and there is no way to get around it and the only thing you have to whittle away at it is a hand saw. Anyway being the political choices are what they are and everybody has their arguments about which party and which candidate to chose. Throw out the "HE SAID SHE SAID"

    January 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Mike

    theroy and lets go with the obvious, of the two parties people have seen that the republican party has really dropped the ball and the democrats acting as if " when they get the chance things will be better" have not got much done but that is because democrats could not get enough republicans to jump on the band wagon to get enough power to over ride the presidents veto. That being said the democrats have at least tried to make a change and thats a big reason why i am and have stayed with the democratic party. So of the democratic hopefuls we have primarily three front runners edwards, obama, clinton two of the three are runnning on the principle of change which leaves Hillary Clinton. As a country we have had politicians constantly balk about change and what they are going to do this has gone on forever. Fact is i would rather have a person who has had years of experience doing what the others can only wish they that they could say the same. Im voteing for Hillary.

    January 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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