Right Wing News has interviewed Congressman Duncan Hunter, a former Chairman of the Armed Services Committee and a former ranger in Vietnam, who is one of the Republican contenders vying for the presidency in 2008.

The interview was wide ranging and covered everything from partial birth abortion to Israel to a Balanced Budget Amendment. Here are a few quotes to give you an idea of what it’s like:

Duncan Hunter on the New York Times:

“Liberals who are often wrong, never unsure.”

Duncan Hunter on his son:

“Duncan Hunter: Note that my son Duncan did two tours in Iraq as Marine Lieutenant, the last one in Fallujah.

John Hawkins: Is he back home?

Duncan Hunter: He is back home and he just finished his hitch with the Marine Corp and he went to Idaho to be a land developer and I got off the plane to see him and the front page of the Boise newspaper said, “Housing Collapse Hits Boise.” So, I said, “Dunc, you’re here just in time, as usual.” He said, “No, it’s going to be great.” So he’s optimistic…”

Duncan Hunter on San Diego border Fence:

“The fences, the double fence in San Diego that I led the effort on and funded over the last ten years or so, have been very effective.  It’s knocked back the smuggling of people and narcotics by more than 90%, stopped all the drive-through drug people, and would be a hindrance to terrorists should they decide to come across a land border between the US and Mexico and to California.”

Duncan Hunter also indicated that he supports a Balanced Budget Amendment, is perhaps the biggest proponent of building a fence on the border, wants to get rid of NAFTA and CAFTA, favors a 2/3 majority to raise taxes, and wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

From a philosophy standpoint Duncan hunter sounds like my kinda guy.  At least, so far. I don’t deny, that there’s a long way between here and there, and most of it for the likes of Hunter will be uphill.  But I’m encouraged by the reaction he’s getting from the rank and file.

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