Rep. Duncan Hunter (R.-Calif.) reinforced his image as advocate for a muscular defense system and security hawk in his morning speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.
Hunter devoted a large portion of his speech advocating for a larger industrial military complex.
He said that in with today’s testy political climate a trade policy honed by former President Ronald Reagan was called for.
“We are going to have a new policy when it comes to trade,” he said. “Trust, but verify.”
He worried that too many foreign countries were producing our military resources to the detriment of American security.
“As Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, when IED’s started hurting our troops in Iraq and we sent teams to find some high-grade steel [to help protect them]. I found one company that makes it….When a company in Switzerland cut off our smart bombs, only one company in American could make that tiny guidance system for our smart bombs.”
Hunter also spoke of his work securing the border in San Diego. “The reason they came is because everyone in the world has a television set and they know the border is open.”
He was the architect of the House legislation to construct a 700-mile fence along the southern border.
“We built that fence in San Diego, a double fence. Before that fence it was no man’s land,” he said.
Now, “by FBI statistics the crime rate fell by more than 50 percent,” he told the audience.
“So, let’s build that fence!” he said. The crowd whooped and yelled before rising to give him a standing ovation.
If elected President Hunter promised to pardon Border Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos also earned him a standing ovation.
He ended his speech with a promise to also appoint pro-life conservative judges to the Supreme Court if elected. He said, “America is a great nation because America is a good nation. And our goodness comes from our belief in God and the corresponding belief in human life.”
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Spartanburg, SC – With John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Duncan Hunter all finishing in a statistical tie for first place at 24% each in the Spartanburg County, South Carolina straw poll, the big story is that of the surprise top finish by Duncan Hunter.
Mike Dixon, longtime GOP activist and former South Carolina 4th District Party Chairman, said “However you stack and restack the top three, the results are clear, Duncan Hunter has emerged as the conservative alternative South Carolina Republicans have been looking for.”
Commenting on Hunter’s strong showing, Spartanburg Republican Gerald Emory said, “Now we have a true Ronald Reagan conservative that we can support. This is a proud night for the Grand Ole Party.”
Duncan Hunter when speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., about his finish in the South Carolina poll said, “You know, I woke up to … one of the commentators saying that the only reason that Hunter beat all those guys in South Carolina is because his Marine son has been there for a week. Well, I looked down at that army of consultants, everybody who was vertical in South Carolina was hired by the other guys, and I said, ‘You know, that is a good match-up: One Marine versus 550 consultants.’ We did have the advantage!”
Dead-heat for: McCain: 24 % Giuliani: 24% Hunter: 24%
Followed by Brownback: 13% Romney: 12% Huckabee: 3%