Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Monday he will run for president in 2008. Hunter has real Conservative credentials. He is a bemedaled Vietnam vet. Can you imagine Tom Tancredo for the VP slot?
"This is going to be a long road, it's a challenging road, there's going to be some rough and tumble, but I think it's the right thing to do for our country," Hunter, who has represented the 52nd Congressional District in San Diego County for 26 years, said at a waterfront press conference.
That's right, I'm the only true Reagan Conservative running
The declaration allows the California congressman to begin raising moneyand organize supporters in early Republican primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Hunter's bid surprised some Republican leaders in Washington. He had not been discussed as one of the many candidates considering a presidential bid, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Not a true Conservative among that bunch.
Hunter could see an opening for a conservative candidate with strong defense credentials. Hunter, 58, became chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in 2003. The Vietnam War veteran, a recipient of a Bronze Star, has made his mark in Congress by advocating for a strong military and border security. He played a leading role in the construction of a 14-mile double fence on the U.S.-Mexico border that is nearing completion in San Diego. He co-authored legislation signed by President Bush last week that would extend the border fence to 700 miles.
Hunter voted against the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement and opposed most-favored-nation status for China.
Hunter has cruised to re-election since he, as a 32-year-old criminal defense attorney, rode Ronald Reagan's coattails to unseat a nine-term Democratic incumbent. The Riverside native faces token opposition next week in his bid for another term representing San Diego's eastern suburbs.
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