When Rep. Duncan Hunter announced Monday that he’s considering a run for the presidency in 2008, pundits in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to hold caucuses, said he’d better get cracking.

As reported yesterday, several nationally known presidential hopefuls have spent the last two years testing the waters in presidential primary states. That means Hunter, who isn’t a household name outside of San Diego, has his work cut out for him and is already behind.

But it turns out that Hunter has already dipped a toe in the primary waters. Joe Kasper, the congressman’s spokesman, said Hunter visited New Hampshire earlier this month to stump for Charlie Bass, one of the state’s Republican congressmen.

Kasper wouldn’t say much more about Hunter’s trip, but making the rounds in support of a local legislator is one of the first steps in any serious presidential bid, the pundits say.


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