January 7th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
15 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. Kristina

    The Republican Party has been moving to the left for years now. This is obvious by the candidates running under the Republican ticket. Most true conservative Republicans do not support President Bush or the liberals trying to win the Republican nomination. The only true conservative left running for the Presidential nomination from either party is Duncan Hunter. (Note: True conservative meaning that his positions on issues have always been conservative and not changed).

    For those of you who have not heard of Hunter, do your homework. How can you be supporting one candidate without knowing who else is running against them or where they stand on the issues? I have looked at every candidate running for President, both Republican and Democrat, and can tell you the only true conservatives are Hunter and Tancredo (who has dropped out of the race).

    For you Ron Paul supporters, yes he is conservative on some issues but not all. He is a true Libertarian on all issues and not a Republican.

    I hope Hunter stays in the race for the long run. He has large support in other states, like my home state Texas where he won the straw poll. States with a large number of delegates.

    This country needs a conservative leader like Duncan Hunter.

    January 11, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Matthew Molz

    WAKE UP AMERICA!....this man is the best candidate in the field and gets no exposure because the media has decided who will get the votes based on familiar faces....and what's sad is that mainstream America voter falls for it!....try actually learning about the issues and the candidates stances instead of who makes the audience laugh on Letterman and Leno....the current candidates are all over the board saying what will please the crowd they are speaking to, but Duncan stays true to his word no matter who is listening....a true leader who should be sent to the White House....WAKE UP AMERICA....DUNCAN HUNTER 2008!!!!

    January 12, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  3. Judy

    If we'd all do our homework and look at all of the presidential candidates it would be clear that Duncan Hunter is the only one who has not waivered on the issues. Ask yourself... why isn't he getting the media coverage he deserves? Think long enough and you'll come up with the answers.

    January 12, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. LJ

    Donald, I feel for ya, man! You are experiencing what we will all be experiencing if we don't get the right person in the office of President – Duncan Hunter is the only one in the running who has shown that he truly knows what the threat of open borders is doing to our once free country and has acted upon it. We are losing it, people -– if we do not wake up and wake up soon -- Support Duncan Hunter for President. He needs all the support he can get and he is the right choice for a hurting America - a man of integrity and wisdom with a proven track record. I and my household support and will vote for Duncan Hunter.

    January 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Linda

    Katrina, Stated it well!!! Tom Tancredo had the better record of the two, but Duncan Hunter trails only a little on the NumbersUSA report card of all the candidates regarding illegal immigration. This is their sole fight(illegals) and how it effects the American citizens. Take a look at his site Duncan HunterforPresident2008 and read his core values and look at" why you should vote for him". Don't be fooled by the polls and the "vote for the electable", the word is getting out in the media that Americans are not happy with the popular candidates and there may not be a concenses for any of them, even at the convention! It's going to be your vote!!!the "little guy" if you don't fall for the eliet bate. Go read, go vote for the real conservative if you truly believe in "We the People" I personally will not have these 4 or 5 men that they definately want! They know they can get their liberal plans through, first being no more borders(Mexico&Canada)amnesty, no matter what they say(remember a pres. veto can be over ridden!) Who will have the majority?,House & Senate,Liberal Supreme Court Justices disguised as Moderates, European law regarding eminate domain and on and on. This election may be the last time you can defend and preserve the Constitution

    January 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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