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Duncan Hunter on Principles & Values

Republican Representative (CA-52)

 


Stripped of committee posts while under indictment

They're the outcasts of Capitol Hill, personae non gratae even in their own party. Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins & Steve King have been excommunicated from the House GOP conference in the most public way possible: stripped of their committee assignments and forced to watch the legislating from the sidelines.

Collins was arrested on insider trading charges, while Hunter and his wife were charged with misusing campaign funds for personal expenses. Both have pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. Hunter and Collins infuriated their Republican colleagues by staying on the ballot in the midterms--and both won reelection. But shortly after the elections, the House GOP adopted a new conference rule forcing anyone under indictment for a felony to relinquish his or her committee assignments or leadership posts until the legal matter gets resolved.

One Congressman cited: "You know the old saying: Congress on the floor is Congress in theater. Congress in committee is Congress at work."

Source: Politico.com on 2018 Congress CA-50 election , Feb 4, 2019

Platform: defense, enforceable borders, manufacturing jobs

I’m running for President based on a platform of national defense, enforceable borders, and bringing back high-paying manufacturing jobs that we pushed offshore because of bad trade deals with communist China and the rest of the world.

I believe very strongly that God still loves this nation, that we are still a people of faith, and hope, and character. And so I am running for the presidency. I want to lead this country and serve the American people. And I hope all of you will join me.

Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate , Sep 17, 2007

Restore economic patriotism: America is arsenal of democracy

Q: What will you restore to the Oval Office?

A: I think restoring what I call economic patriotism. You know, in World War I, World War II and the Cold War, we rode to victory on the arsenal of democracy. That’s our great industrial base, our ability to make things in this country, this magnificent manufacturing capability, which right now we’re pushing offshore, pushing to China, pushing to India, pushing to Japan. I would stop China from cheating on trade. I would level the playing field. I would bring back that arsenal of democracy that we need, not only for high-paying jobs in this country but also to defend the country. When my kid came back from Iraq, he wrote a great letter. And the last part of that letter said, “Families lift this country up. They provide us with fidelity, morality, faith in God, and raising the next generation of Americans.” Our work: to make sure that we elevate the American family and make a life of opportunity for that next generation of Americans.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate , Aug 5, 2007

Move away from the Ted Kennedy Wing of the Republican Party

Q: Arnold Schwarzenegger, your governor in California, has become very popular out there by bringing in independents and moderates and trying to forge a consensus among Republicans and Democrats in your state. Shouldn’t the GOP nationally be following that Arnold Schwarzenegger example in California?

No. Mayor Giuliani stood with Bill Clinton for the 1994 gun ban when I was fighting that. Governor Romney has passed what I consider to be a major step toward socialism with respect to his mandated health care bill. John McCain is standing strong with Ted Kennedy on this Kennedy-McCain-Bush border enforcement bill. I think the guy who’s got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy Wing of the Republican Party.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College , Jun 3, 2007

Founding member of Conservative Opportunity Society

Some trace the idea for the Conservative Opportunity Society to a meeting Gingrich had in 1982 with former President Nixon about the need for a more idea-oriented party. Nixon said, "You can't change the House yourself. You have to go back and form a group."

The idea had been germinating well before Nixon offered his advice. Gingrich had spent four years seeing his fellow Republicans in the House react instead of act. Newt reached out first to Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota. Together they recruited Robert Walker of Pennsylvania, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Dan Coats of Indiana, Connie Mack of Florida, Joe Barton of Texas, and Dan Lundgren and Duncan Hunter of California. The group met weekly and planned.

"Trent Lott was the godfather," Gingrich recalls. "He hosted a weekly luncheon. Dick Cheney came. I thought Cheney or Lott would be the Republican leader and I'd be the senior planner."

Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p. 98-100 , Jun 1, 1995

Religious affiliation: Baptist.

Hunter : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH1 on Nov 7, 2000

Member of the House Republican Young Guns.

Hunter is a member House Republican Young Guns

The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."

Kevin approached Eric & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.

What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once the three Representatives had studied the candidate and given their support to become a Young Gun, they committed to providing financial support through their campaign committees.

Existing House Republicans were approached with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined the Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that the Republican Party had shifted.

Source: Young Guns 10-HRYG on Sep 14, 2010

Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress.

Hunter signed the Contract with America:

As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.

    Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:
  1. The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
  2. The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
  3. The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
  4. The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
  5. The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
  6. The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
  7. The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
  8. The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
  9. The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
  10. The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress
Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA1 on Sep 27, 1994

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