"Rep. Duncan Hunter: Ronald Reagan ‘Would Never Be Elected Today’ Because He’s A ‘Moderate/Former Liberal’"
Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-CA) spoke recently to the Eagle Forum of San Diego, a right-wing group tied to Phyllis Schlafly’s anti-feminist organization. Hunter — who has previously touted his nationalistic bonafides with talk about how bike paths are unconstitutional — focused his remarks on the 2012 presidential election. Hunter said that conservatives should line up behind any electable Republican candidate because policy would still be driven by Congress, which he assumed would stay in the hands of the right.
Notably, Hunter said Ronald Reagan was too moderate and could “never be elected today.” Nevertheless, Hunter encouraged activists to get behind a “former liberal” like Reagan if they could defeat Obama. Hunter ominously warned that Obama, as well as “the communists in this country,” are going to “hang on for dear life” to bring the “downfall” of the nation”
HUNTER: This is it folks. This is it. There is nothing after 2012. [...] I don’t care if it’s a more moderate/former liberal like Ronald Reagan, who would never be elected today in my opinion. If it’s someone like him or a hardcore conservative, you gotta elect the most winnable person this time. I know it sounds bad, but Congress makes the law. You’ve got a conservative Congress. You’re one third there. [...] You gotta vote and get behind an electable person for president. I know after what I said, me saying that doesn’t go hand in hand. Obama’s going to raise a billion dollars. He’s going to hold on to this thing, the communists in this country, the community organizers in this country, are going to hang on for dear life. This is it for them. If they can change the balance of the scale of this country, they will affect it until our downfall.