Donald Trump became the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican party after his landslide victory in Indiana on May 3, leading to Senator Ted Cruz dropping out of the race and speculation of a Duncan Hunter Vice Presidential Candidate. Hunter is known in the vaping community as “The Vaping Congressman” after pulling out his vape pen during a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting on February 11, 2016.
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Hunter’s congressional vaping antics were caught on video, going viral on social media almost instantly. He also publically endorsed Mr. Trump less than two weeks later. He’s been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009 and currently represents California’s 52nd District, home of San Diego.
Many Republican insiders are placing Rep. Hunter on the short list of vice presidential candidates because he was such an early and vocal supporter of Donald Trump back when the likelihood of his securing the nomination was far less certain. Others are suggesting that The Donald might offer Hunter another position in his presidential cabinet, perhaps as Secretary of Defense, a supporting post in the Pentagon, or a position in the Intelligence community.
Why would Trump want Hunter?
California has 55 electoral votes, more than any other state in the union. And for the past ten presidential elections, California has gone with the Democratic candidate, even during the George W. Bush years. Hunter can help Trump win the state. But Hunter also has a very attractive backstory that many believe will make a Trump-Hunter ticket difficult to beat.
The day after 911, a young Duncan Hunter quit his job and joined the Marines where he served three tours of duty. In 2003, he was a second lieutenant during the invasion of Iraq, and he also was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. After being honorably discharged in December of 2007, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve where he was recently promoted to Major in 2012. Meanwhile, Duncan serves as a member of the powerful Armed Services Committee in the House.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Of course, every politician has skeletons in his or her closet, but so far, Hunter appears to be squeaky clean. An American war hero with a loving wife and children, Mr. Hunter seems to have the perfect family image to counterbalance the somewhat cartoonish Donald and Melania. The only negative issue that Hunter seems to have at the moment is a strong attraction to the video game website Steam Gamer.
The Vaping Congressman is currently battling allegations that he misused about $5000 in campaign funds to pay for video games, school tuition, some personal expenses, and a few dental bills. But even his reputation as a huge gamer could be viewed as a positive, especially among the 18-24 year-old voting demographic. And if Trump wants to win in November, he’s going to need every vote that he can get.
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