Profile: Duncan Hunter

January 3, 2008 5:46:48 PM PST
Political profile of candidate Duncan HunterDUNCAN HUNTER, Republican
Congressman from San Diego, California
Age 59

CAREER: Army lieutenant, Vietnam, 1969-1971 (173rd Airborne and 75th Army Rangers); attorney 1976-80, San Diego; Republican, elected in 1980 to House of Representatives; chairman, House Armed Services Committee, 2003 to 2007; ranking member, 2007-present.

EDUCATION: Law degree, Western State University College of Law, 1976.

FAMILY: Wife Lynne; two sons; four grandchildren.

THE ISSUES:

    ABORTION
  • Opposes abortion rights.
  • Introduced H.R. 552, the Right to Life Act, to implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.
  • Supported H.R. 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

  • GAY MARRIAGE:
  • Opposed to same-sex marriage.
  • Favors amending Constitution to ban it.

  • GLOBAL WARMING:
  • Favors federal subsidies for increased ethanol production.

  • HEALTH CARE:
  • Supported expansion of health insurance through tax breaks, not government-sponsored universal coverage.

  • IMMIGRATION:
  • Favors deporting illegal aliens.
  • A sponsor of legislation authorizing construction of Mexico border fence.

  • IRAQ:
  • Opposes immediate withdrawal and opposes cutting additional money for the war.
  • Voted for war authorization in 2002.

  • TAXES:
  • Favors tax relief for America's working families.
  • Supported H.R. 8, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 to repeal the death tax sunset provision.

STANDINGS:

  • Got 1 percent support in Dec. 31st Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.
  • WEBSITE:
    www.house.gov/hunter


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