Duncan Hunter

Regular readers of my column know that I have enthusiastically supported Tom Tancredo for president.

In fact, two years ago, I personally asked Tancredo to run for president because I feared there would be no Republican candidate offering real solutions to America’s crisis with illegal immigration and border security.

Tancredo answered the call. I always knew he was, at best, a reluctant and long-shot candidate. But he answered the bell.

Last week, Tancredo withdrew from the race and endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency.

This was a huge mistake by Tancredo. I’m sure he had his reasons. He said he wanted to find a top-tier candidate who was strongest on his pet issue. But, this is the primary season. In the primary season, Americans should pay little attention to the polls and select the very best candidate possible. Actual votes decide who is selected as the party nominees – not polls.

That’s why I supported Tancredo in the first place. I didn’t pay attention to the polls. I selected the man I thought would be the best candidate. I liked Tancredo so much, I published his terrific book, “In Mortal Danger,” still one of the very best indictments of America’s disastrous border and immigration policies.

I will certainly not follow Tancredo’s lead in supporting Romney. Romney is a pretender to the throne. He launched his campaign for the Republican nomination by running contrary to virtually every major position and action he has previously taken in public life.

In other words, nothing he says today has any credibility. He cannot be believed.

Furthermore, Romney’s stated position today on illegal aliens is essentially a pro-amnesty stance.

He says, for instance, he would allow illegal aliens to apply for permanent residency in the U.S. after they go home for an undisclosed period of time. This sounds remarkably like the amnesty positions offered up in the debates earlier this year.

It’s unacceptable – and Tom Tancredo, of all people, should recognize that.

Therefore, today I make a new, personal endorsement for the Republican nomination – Duncan Hunter.

I do so with no hesitancy. I do so with great enthusiasm.

In fact, I have previously made it clear just how much admiration and respect I have for Hunter.

He’s my guy because on all the major issues facing this country, Hunter is right. And he is a proven leader who gets the job done.

  • Illegal immigration and border security: Duncan Hunter takes a backseat to no one on this issue – not even Tom Tancredo. He took the initiative long ago to protect the citizens of his own San Diego area by building a virtually impenetrable fence that has cut down human trafficking in the area by nearly 100 percent.

  • Threat of Islamo-fascism: Hunter recognizes the gravity of the war in which America finds itself, whether we like it or not. Hunter has a strong military background and would make an effective leader in a conflict that will not go away unless we destroy the enemy.

  • Our cultural meltdown: Hunter rejects the madness of political correctness and multiculturalism that is ripping America apart at the seams. He is a man of God who will stand for what is morally right no matter the consequences.

  • The economy: Duncan Hunter will fight the mindless globalization that is destroying jobs in America and transferring them abroad – bringing in return cheap goods that are often unsafe and little more than junk. He will also cut taxes and revamp the unfair and highly intrusive tax system – both of which will stimulate the American economy.

  • Matters of life and death: Hunter is steadfastly and consistently pro-life – at both ends of the life spectrum.

There is much more to say about his excellent record and his fearless championing of all that is good and decent about America.

The point is this: We don’t have to settle for less. We don’t have to settle for an imitation of the real thing. We don’t have to settle for someone who is right most of the time.

Duncan Hunter is the real deal.

Support him now – so we don’t have to compromise later.

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