Hunter: Now That I Have Your Attention ...

Candidate summons media to announce he's not dropping out
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2008 3:39 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., responds to a question during the Univision Republican Presidential Candidate Forum at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Duncan Hunter pulled a fast one on the press corps today, the LA Times reports: The GOP presidential candidate fueled speculation he’d withdraw from the race by announcing a “major announcement”—then used the occasion to complain about his exclusion from this weekend’s debates. Hunter says he's in the race "no matter what happens" tomorrow.

Taking advantage of the spotlight, the California congressman laid into ABC and Fox, the networks that denied him debate berths: “Who do they think they are?” he asked. He also noted he won a delegate at Saturday’s Wyoming caucuses—putting him one ahead of Rudy Giuliani. (Read more Duncan Hunter stories.)