In re-living the Texas straw poll earlier this week, a great article followed up.
In this same straw poll, is should be noted that John McCain won only eight votes out of 1,300.
“U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California won the poll, easily besting former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who had many supporters at the gathering but whose bring-the-troops-home message did not thrill the voters, who were delegates to past state or national GOP conventions.
Most candidates blew off the poll. But Hunter, a Vietnam veteran, stumped Texas leading into it and hammered his commitment to the Iraq war, his belief in fair trade and his advocacy for a fence on the Mexico border.”
I am a bit ticked off at Fox News for not making this a bigger story. As I type this, they are discussing Fred Thompson. I do like Fred, but Hunter appeals to me a bit more for the following reasons:
- He built the fence beween San Diego and Mexico.
- He’s a true Vietnam Veteran.
- He is promising committment to completing the Iraq war the right way (victory!)
- His son is in Iraq right now.
- The people of Texas in a poll selected him over Fred Thompson. Not to be a suck-up to Philip and Jennifer here, but I do not think there is a better representation of America’s heartland than Texas.
- It was fun to watch Ron Paul stomped out by both Duncan and Fred.
One more thing to consider. Fred Thompson is a Tennessee Senator. What does that mean? It means he had to be the minimum amount of conservative that he had to be to get elected there (a very red state). Hunter on the other hand has won elections in the very blue land of San Diego consistently getting 70% of the registered Democratic vote as well as 60% of the hispanic vote.
By the way, he kept the support of hispanics after building the fence. Which I think is a great representation of what hispanic-Americans REALLY think about illegal immigration.
We have about 120 days until the Iowa caucus. I am begging you folks to at least check out all you can on Duncan Hunter.