Hunter (R) Makes Announcement
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is officially in the race. At his announcement appearance he criticized Democrats for trying to "cut off reinforcements and supplies in a shooting war," saying that if they are successful they would "never be forgiven by the American people," and praised the border fence under construction in Texas and Arizona. "We have to secure the border for national security reasons," he said. His web site proclaims that he is "the most conservative Republican in the presidential sweepstakes."
The theme of his campaign appears to be "the BEST way for AMERICA to stay safe in this dangerous world is to remain STRONG." A strong candidate strongly advocating strong strength. A bit of a one-noter, though.
UPDATE: Yoy!!! Hunter is running ads in Iowa, already. Dean ran the earliest ads in the 2004 cycle, and they weren't up until June 2003.