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Sen. Kennedy & The Socialists

Just when you thought we would make it through the debate without any serious internecine attacks, Rep. Duncan Hunter brought out the Howitzer -- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).


Rep. Duncan Hunter at Tuesday night's GOP debate. (AP)

Referring to Giuliani, Romney and McCain, Hunter said: "The guy who has the most influence with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. We need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican party."

Hunter said Romney's health care program was a form of socialism and that McCain had colluded with Kennedy on immigration.

All three of the attacked candidates had a chance to respond. Giuliani was most effective, calling on the party to rally around two unifying principles: staying on offense against terrorism and on offense in building a "growth" economy. "We have to respect our differences," said Giuliani.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2007; 9:03 PM ET
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Posted by: bdmnrocrlh | June 21, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

The two richest guys in the US have pooled their money and are thus avoiding taxes without ever getting their hands dirty! Great system we have here!

Posted by: Sraka | June 11, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Duncan Hunter is owned by no one. He talks like someone who speaks to the american people, not the cameras. This isn't american idol. If you actually listen to what comes out of the man's mouth he is the only person running for POTUS that speaks of standing up to the gorilla in the room which is China. He actually talks about putting tarriffs on their goods if they continue to devalue their currency and make it unfair for american business to compete. He is the ONLY one speaking about bringing american jobs back to america, he is a nam veteran, his son served two tours in iraq, and is currently serving in afghanistan. He has a stake in this battle beside rhetoric. Peace through strength works. Appeasemnet never has, if it has prove it. he also sees the Illegal Immigrant charade going on the Senate for what it is! A damn horse and pony show going against what the american people want. Close the damn border now. Why does that have to be tied to Amnesty? It doesn't! Thank you, Vote for America Vote Hunter 08. I am just a republican blue collar worker,voter, and tax payer.

Posted by: Realist | June 10, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Fred D. Thompson, along with Giuliani, McCain and Romney, is a member of the Kennedy Wing. Which of the following has a better record on immigration? Fred Thompson or Al Gore? Americans for Better Immigration gave Thompson a "C" grade while Gore has an "A". While Californians were fighting for Prop 187 between 1994-1998, Thompson was in the Senate contributing to the immigration problem we have today. The fact that Al Gore and 32 Congresional Democrats have a better record on fighting immigration than Thompson warrants his inclusion in the Kennedy Wing.

Posted by: gchuggins | June 7, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hunter is the perfect representative for the militarist global corporatocracy which has a steel grip on this society. The parallels between Germany & its internal politics, 1933-40, and what has dominated this nation since the "elevation of St. Ronald of California" in 1981 is stunning & depressing. Of couse, German lunacy was "its own master" & was not subject to control by a rump, parasitic state in the Middle East.

Posted by: windward | June 6, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm concerned about both parties extremists. But it was clearly apparent that Mr. Hunter was trying to cast the front runners as left leaning republicans. For those of you who believe him, then he accomplished what he wanted. I personally think both McCain and R.G. have lost their way. They're trying to prove how conservative they are I don't even recognize those two anymore.

Posted by: Dee Rose | June 6, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

You can write whatever you want but it doesn't change the facts-you are a typical liberal- short on brains- you read your liberal web sites and believe the crap that they spew. If you want socialism go live with Castro or Chavez- that is where you belong. No wonder we have the problems in this country we do- half the voters are just like you.

Posted by: disgusted but smarter- not! | June 6, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

You can write whatever you want but it doesn't change the facts-you are a typical liberal- short on brains- you read your liberal web sites and believe the crap that they spew. If you want socialism go live with Castro or Chavez- that is where you belong. No wonder we have the problems in this country we do- half the voters are just like you.

Posted by: disgusted but smarter- not! | June 6, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I can see you all prefer Romney who takes his money offshore so he doesn't have to pay his share of taxes, that opposes a windfarm off of his shore because he doesn't want to see it. He and Kerry were behind the Big Dig that had huge cost overrides from corruption and ended up having all sorts of quality issues. You really have a winner there!

Posted by: disgusted but smarter | June 6, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

we could only wish we get a REAL socailist democracy. ALL POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I can see you all prefer Ted Kennedy who takes his money offshore so he doesn't have to pay his share of taxes, that opposes a windfarm off of his shore because he doesn't want to see it. He and Kerry were behind the Big Dig that had huge cost overrides from corruption and ended up having all sorts of quality issues. You really have a winner there!

Posted by: disgusted | June 6, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"I have enormous problems with both anti-intellectual, superstitious fundamentalist Christianity and anti-egalitarian, might-makes-right, rule of the wealthy capitalism. Am I still an American in 2007?"

No.

Posted by: The RNC | June 6, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with either the Kennedy family or socialism.

I have enormous problems with both anti-intellectual, superstitious fundamentalist Christianity and anti-egalitarian, might-makes-right, rule of the wealthy capitalism.

Am I still an American in 2007?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Yes, they need to move away from the Ted Kennedy wing of the R party that believes in evolution, the separation of church and State and that women should have rights equal to men. In other words, Mr. Hunter is a card carrying member of the American Taliban. He and Osama bin Laden should create a chain of burka stores. Coming to a mall near you!

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | June 5, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I have always thought of the ability to work with the opposite party as a sign of maturity. Mr. Hunter doesn't seem to think so. In my mind, that's a sign of immaturity and insecurity.

Posted by: Dirk | June 5, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the candidates sure need to move more toward the Flat Earther wing of the Republican party.

Posted by: Christian in NYC | June 5, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Duncan Hunter is the plague that this country needs to rid of.

Posted by: Jonathan | June 5, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Duncan Hunter is the plague that this country needs to rid of.

Posted by: Jonathan | June 5, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Duncan Hunter is the plague that this country needs to rid of.

Posted by: Jonathan | June 5, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I agreed with the Ted Kennedy influence and role model.
An unholy trinity to be sure.

Romney is creepy, plastic and too rich.

R.G.looks like a snake oil salesman and can't keep it in his pants. (God was editing his lies tonight with Lighting & Thunder)

J. McCain looks like a Crypt Keeper and is positively incoherent.

All chips off the old T.K. block if you ask me.

Posted by: granny miller | June 5, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy is the second longest serving senator in the US Senate. He has served the state of Massachussetts for over three decades. But according to the GOP candidates he is such a serious threat to the American way of life that he should be demonized and treated like he has the plague.

Way to unify the country there guys.

Posted by: Andy R | June 5, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain should have had the presence of mind to say to Hunter, "Congressman, I've worked with Ted Kennedy, I know Ted Kennedy, Ted Kennedy is a colleague of mind, and, Congressman, I'm no Ted Kennedy."

Posted by: Arthur | June 5, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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