Q&A Friday #54: What Do You Think Of Duncan Hunter?

Question: “What’s your take on this 2008 hopeful? Duncan Hunter.” — hos9911

Answer: I think Duncan Hunter is a very intriguing candidate who could fulfill the role that George Allen was growing into before his untimely political demise a few weeks back.

Hunter is the current Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and he’s a charismatic, very conservative, tough on illegal immigration, former Army Ranger in Vietnam, who has a son serving in Iraq. I’ve looked him over and as far as I can tell, the only real chink in his armor is the fact that he’s not a free trader (And let’s face it, to the Buchanites and a lot of Democrats, that bug would be a feature).

The big question at this point for Hunter looks to be whether he can gain the name recognition and raise the money he needs to be a top tier contender. If he can, my first impression is that he would make a far better candidate for the presidency than John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, or Mitt Romney. Hunter would be a guy with credibility on defense issues, a candidate that conservatives would turn out for, and a guy who I believe could reach out and pull in moderates and blue dog Democrats. In short, out of the current field, if I had to pick one candidate who could go from nobody to top contender, like Howard Dean did in 2004, it would be Hunter.

Update #1: If you’d like to see and hear what Hunter sounds like, there’s not a lot to choose from on YouTube, but I thought he came across really well in this video defending how we treat the terrorists at Gitmo:

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