January 19th, 2008
06:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Hunter exits presidential race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/19/art.hunter.gi.jpg caption=" Hunter will announce later Saturday he is exiting the White House race."]

NEW YORK (CNN) - Rep. Duncan Hunter has abandoned his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the California congressman said in a statement released Saturday evening.

“Today we end this campaign,” said Hunter, according to an advance copy of his remarks he was scheduled to deliver later in the evening.

The California Republican, an outspoken proponent of cracking down on illegal immigration, did poorly in the Nevada GOP caucuses held earlier in the day.

“The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2 percent of the vote for me,” he said. “I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it's time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.”

- CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg

Filed under: Duncan Hunter
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Hillary Supporters Angry

    Hillary's Supporters sure seem like an Angry Bunch.

    Why are all her supporters over 45 yrs old and Angry.

    Hillary seem s like a woman scorn, she thinks America owes her a crown.

    Why are all Hillary supporters so Angry???

    She could drop out like Ducan Hunter if she is that unhappy.

    January 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Big Doug

    You are a good man Mr. Hunter!!

    January 19, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. James Brown ( Independent )

    Now is Edwards would get out of the way.

    January 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Avguste Antonov

    Couldn't you have done that a few days/weeks earlier?

    January 19, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Mario

    It's about time he did, they will start to drop off now, hickupbee shoud be next.

    Go Mitt!

    January 19, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Lorenz, Queens, NY


    January 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Annie too

    To some of us, Mr. Hunter, you were the no. 1 candidate to us, representing what needed to get done here in the US. You did not give it your all. We are left scratching our heads and saying, "What happened"?

    January 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. john

    McCain should drop out. Huckabee & Thompson are getting over 40% of
    the vote in South Carolina, and this proves he can't carry the south.

    January 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Carol

    Mr. Hunter,

    I am so sorry to hear of your ending your run for the Presidency of the United States. You are far the best candidate!!!!! There ought to be more men in this country like you! Your a great man with wonderful morals and values and a great concern for our soldiers! God bless you and thank you for all you have done for our country.


    January 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    WE all knew you didn't have a chance at the Presidency but you stuck with what you stand for and for the Border Patrol agents and securing the border. I am a Democrat but have a lot of respect for you.

    January 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Mark

    Hillary and her supporters are NOT angry! In fact, we are quite happy about our WIN today!!! Yeah!!!!!! We are all smiles!!! Who is the angry one now!!??

    January 19, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Chris

    Soon only Ron Paul and Mitt will have money left.
    Then maybe the GOP will come back around and see the benefit of following the Constitution and being fiscally conservative.

    January 19, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Jed in Texas

    Thank You Duncan,you are a good LAW Enforesment Man but it seems people dont care about LAWS. Just ask Hillary when she says NO ONE IS ILLEGAL and its OK to break the Law as long as you vote for meeeeeeeeee.

    January 19, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Bud, San Diego, CA

    Dunkin Who?

    January 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Jim

    There's now one less big government loving Republican running for president. Unfortunately for traditional conservatives, there's still Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Thompson, and Giuliani left, all of whom have big government/big spending political records.

    It's sad to see how far to the left the Republican Party has moved in the past seven years and even sadder to see how even further to the left the Republican voters are willing to allow them to move.

    January 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Roni for Ron Paul

    Sorry to hear this but hey, this is how things go. Now if only Guliani would get the message!?!

    January 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Bruce in London

    Ideological differences aside, I will vote for either of the clean-campaigning, honest straight-shooters with a record of respect for the political opposition: McCain or Obama.

    The Dirty Tricks Clintons are equals to the Dirty Tricks Bush/Roves. I'll never vote for a Bush or a Clinton again.

    I'd be proud to have McCain for my President, though I'd really have a Democrat. If Romney is the nominee, God help me, I might even stoop to voting for him if the other choice is Hillary "Sandbag-the-Other-Guy" Clinton. She's George W. Bush in a skirt with with a better agenda.

    January 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Ci2Eye

    I always liked what Duncan had to say but it's very difficult for a congressman to make the jump to the Presidency so he never had much of a chance.

    Still, I'd support Romney picking Duncan as VP or as Defense Secretary.

    Best of luck to Duncan who was always graceful and GO MITT!

    January 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Tim, Minnesota

    Mr Hunter, please consider endorsing the honest congressman Ron Paul. You're a smart man and certainly understand that America wants to go to work and not worry about backroom deals that hurt our country. Dr Paul would be an ideal candidate for your supporters.

    January 19, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Brendan, UT

    Mr. Hunter, props to you for trying. Best of luck to you in the future.

    January 19, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Davy

    I can't believe how mean spirited many of these comments are. I support another candidate, but I respect Mr. Hunter and others who try to offer direction and help. To offer expressions bordering on hatred is an exposure of the pathetic lack of class by their authors. This comment goes double for the instigators of push polls.

    January 19, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Duncan Hunters bow out only brings strength to John McCain. He may not be a candidate, but don't be so quick to count him out. He knows that the Latino vote in Nevada for Hillary is helping him build the fence. Think about it.

    January 19, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Ornyc

    I had no idea Duncan Hunter was running. I was thinking that he would be a good candidate to run but if he was and nobody noticed then he should just retire from politics.

    January 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Andy Neilson

    Duncan is a good and respected man. I would like to see him as a Veep with Romney. Man, Romney is just rolling in delegates. Take the energy of JFK, add the common-sense of Reagan, and sprinkle in the integrity and down-to-earth nature of Lincoln.

    He's the Republican Party's last hope.

    Go Romney 2008.

    January 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Jenny, Paxton, MA

    hunter who?

    January 19, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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