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Hunter Seeks To Cut Federal Funds To Columbia University

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced a bill to cut federal funding to Columbia University after it hosted a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

(Thanks to the eagle-eyed bloggers at Think Progress for spotting this.)

“If the left-wing leaders of academia will not support our troops, they, in the very least, should not support our adversaries,” Hunter said in a statement before he offered the cut-off measure last week.

But Hunter, who’s also seeking the Republican presidential nomination, didn’t stop there, eager to capitalize on conservative anger over the school’s decision to offer a forum to the controversial Iranian leader. 

“By hosting President Ahmadinejad, Columbia University openly insulted the thousands of servicemen and women serving in Iraq,” Hunter said, “most of whom are direct targets of the munitions that he is sending across the Iraq-Iran border.”