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. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.


    January 3, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Armin Kaminsky

    Sorry to see Biden pack it in from the Democrats, he was the only one with a Vision for America.
    I don't trust Hillary and don't trust Obama,
    As Bush would say, I looked him in the Eyes, and I don't like what I see
    On the Repuplican Side no surprises,
    To bad Hunter was overlooked by the IOWA People
    Again he is the Person that would be the best choice for America

    Opinion from a Western Canadian

    January 4, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. Jeremy, Harrisonburg VA

    Does anyone care about this? What about Alan Keyes?

    January 4, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. Jake B

    Put a kack in it

    January 4, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. Tom


    January 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  6. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    Go home Hunter

    January 4, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  7. Rhino

    Duncan, you're jumping the shark.
    Get out, you've made your point.
    Go grab your 12 gauge – there's still a week left of pheasant season in Iowa!

    January 4, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  8. mm

    It's a shame that one of the only true conservatives in this race has fared so poorly from the beginning. Trudge on, Mr. Hunter.

    January 4, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  9. Anonymous

    obama is not electable vote for hiliary his time will come

    January 4, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. Glen George

    If this isn't proof that Rep. Hunter is as "nutty as a FRUIT CAKE".....What is?

    January 4, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  11. Craig, Carlsbad CA

    Hunter couldn't get elected mayor of San Diego

    He pathetically thinks by staying around he will get the VP slot. Hunter on the ticket will help the republicans take Wyoming

    January 4, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  12. Wendel Bauman

    I think the field is narrowing to Huckabee and Romney for the Republicans. The others will have a hard time overcoming the outcome in Iowa. Iowa is only one state. But, like minds think alike. Huckabee seems more presidential than Hunter who should bow out gracefully now. The Republicans should quickly get behind a single candidate.

    January 4, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  13. Doris Murphy

    Congressman Hunter may have built the wall along the San Diego border, but unfortunately has built another separating him from reality. He has less than 5 percent in polls and has been campaigning for literally years.

    It's time to give up, Duncan. Go home and tell your grandkids about your days of shooting racoons with bb guns. You might strike more interest with them than you did with voters nationwide, and especially in Iowa.

    January 4, 2008 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  14. Brian


    January 4, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  15. Lisa


    January 4, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  16. Rick

    Smart move to drop out and save what little money you have left. We all know the Republicans won't be allowed to steal this election so unfortunately for them they can't win an election honestly. Sorry right wing nut-jobs... but you're done 🙂 Time we have some POSITIVE changes in this country.

    January 4, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  17. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Duncan is sucking a few dollars more from the morons that support him.

    January 4, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  18. JC, Topeka, Kansas


    January 4, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. Tatty Alan

    Wendel Bauman, If Mike Huckabee is the nominee, then there is no chance of the Republican Party getting behind him; the Social Conservatives and the Neo-Conservatives will quickly learn that Us Fiscal Conservatives must have a candidate that reflects our values as well as theirs, because if Huckabee gets the nomination, Fiscal Conservatives will turn on the party in Droves

    January 4, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess it is his last hurrah since he is going to retire from Congress no matter what. I do have to wonder how is he going to do all the necessary campaigning without money or support. I doubt that he could even make the short list of possible V.P. candidates no matter who is nominated.

    This guy has one subject that he really focuses on - China and their trade practices with a side of illegal immigration. There was little that I could note in the debates that really went beyond that. I'd be surprised if there was any more mention of him in the most of the media outlets.

    January 4, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Nick

    It's truly sad that with illegal immigration being an important issue for the country, at least according to Republican voters, the only candidates that has actually DONE something about securing the border gets 1% of the vote.

    Also, the GOP claims to be the party that is suited to win the War on Terror, yet they ignore Hunter who has actually fought in a war, and whose son has served 3 tours in the WOT.

    January 4, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. AJ, IL

    Duncan Hunter is either not connected to reality or just continues to show poor judgement. Maybe Hunter just has a large ego that he won't allow him to quit even though his has virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination. Hunter needs to do the Republican party a favor and drop out. If Biden and Dodd are sensible to do this on the Democratic side and enjoyed more support than Hunter, Hunter should be capable of making the connection and go 'Bye-Bye".

    January 4, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. F.G.


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    January 4, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Jerry Calendine

    Obama just may become President, and I am old enough to recall another candidate "for change," Jimmy Carter. What a disaster he was!!!

    January 4, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Annamarie Mangum

    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 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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