Posted: December 31, 2007 6:58 PM
Hunter Draws on National Security Experience After Bhutto Assassination
Like other candidates in the presidential race, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., was asked for his reaction to last week’s assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Hunter told reporters that “Pakistan has always been a critical issue because of its proximity to Afghanistan, the War on Terror and the possession of nuclear weapons,” KRNV News 4 reported. “He says America is not at a loss without Bhutto because we have been working with Pakistan toward peace. So the Congressman says if he his president his main focus will be on creating a strong military-to-military connection with Pakistan.”
Hunter, who was an Army Ranger before serving as the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, was mentioned on Townhall.com as one of “the only candidates with impressive credentials and demonstrated competence in terms of national security” along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“Since Congressman Hunter … maintained only a shadow campaign with minimal public support, this means that undecided or shaken voters may well take a fresh look at McCain or Rudy,” Townhall reported.
Despite running a largely under-the-radar campaign, Hunter has received an endorsement from GodVoter.org, a Web site devoted to “Electing God’s Choice in 2008.”
“Duncan Hunter isn’t as suave, funny, telegenic or rich as some of the other candidates. But based on the qualities becoming a President, Duncan Hunter is the most qualified person to lead America for at least the next four years,” NewsBlaze.com reported.
According to NewsBlaze, Hunter graciously accepted the endorsement, saying, “As president I will work to restore opportunity for the American worker. I will bring high-paying jobs back to this country by stopping China from cheating on trade. By restoring economic opportunity for the next generation we re-gain the majority position in U.S. politics. Recent world events point to the need for conservatives to choose a nominee who is ready on day one to lead. “
Hunter also received an endorsement from syndicated columnist and WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah.
“We don’t have to settle for less. We don’t have to settle for an imitation of the real thing. We don’t have to settle for someone who is right most of the time,” Farah said. “Duncan Hunter is the real deal.”