Friday, November 30, 2007

California GOP Candidate Makes Stop In Upstate

Duncan Hunter Holds Informal Meeting In Anderson County

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- In the race for the Republican presidential nomination we hear a lot about candidates like Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. But what about California Rep. Duncan Hunter?

During an appearance Thursday in the Upstate, there were no secret service agents, no campaign entourage and no major network press corps. The candidate held an informal meet-and-greet with supporters at Fuddruckers in Anderson County.

"We're continuing to stand up the Iraqi army. I think that's proceeding the pace," Hunter said in front of the group.

Then he talked about national security. He's against amnesty for illegal immigrants, and he was a sponsor of the bill that established the border fence project last year.

"As I've said on many of the debates, if anyone can climb my border fence, we sign them up for the Olympics," Hunter joked.

He touts the importance of buying products made in America and has some interesting ideas about health care.

"The best thing we can do for health care is let people buy their insurance across state lines," Hunter said.

Charles Crow, of Anderson, has been following Hunter's political career since the 80s and worries he doesn't have the name recognition to win.

Crow says, "It would be easier for me to support Huckabee since he's basically a conservative, and he's a little higher in the polls, but that wouldn't be true to what I believe. I still believe Duncan Hunter would make a much better president."

Hunter said he is proud to have supporters with such principle. He plans to campaign vigorously in early primary states like South Carolina and said he's still very much in the race.

"I've got a chance to win and that's all you get in America, is a chance," he said.

Copyright 2007 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Got a story idea? E-mail newstips to or call the newsroom 24/7 at 864-213-2121.


No comments: