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Hunter announces presidential bid

Published: Monday October 30, 2006

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Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has formally announced that he is preparing to seek the 2008 Republican nomination for president, RAW STORY has learned.

Reports earlier indicated that the Southern California Representative was forming an exploratory committee concerning his presidential ambitions. Hunter surpassed that expectation at a news conference today, indicating that he would spend the next two years preparing for a run.

Hunter's conservative credentials are seen as likely to a fill a void in a field currently dominated by moderate Republican hopefuls.

However, the congressman has also been hit by recent controversies. The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that Hunter aided former Congressman Duke Cunningham (R-CA) in securing a $9.7 million contract for unindicted Cunningham co-conspirator Brent Wilkes. The paper has also reported that Hunter evaded taxes by underreporting the value of his home.

Last week, Hunter signed a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claiming that news network CNN was airing enemy propaganda, calling the agency a "publicist" for US enemies.

Hunter has repeatedly insisted that he will be serving two more years as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The Congressman will lose that position, however, if Democrats gain the majority that most analysts predict.