Friday, January 12, 2007


Tom Beaumont said in his blog yesterday that Colorado Republican Representative Tom Tancredo "is on his way to Iowa to announce his candidacy for President." While we can't find anyone else to confirm this at this stage, the prospect is interesting none-the-less.

Before the New Year when we posed our 2008 questions, we asked who would take the mantle for the "Steve King wing" of the party on immigration. Clearly if Tancredo gets in the race it would be him. Known almost entirely for his strong stance on immigration, the whole purpose of a Tancredo run would be to bring immigration to the forefront.

It's hard to say which of the Big 3 would benefit/suffer most from a Tancredo entry into the race.

Beaumont says that Tancredo will be in Iowa from today until Monday with book signings in Council Bluffs and West Des Moines tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard Tancredo is sitting down with activists in Western IA tomorrow to seek support and inform them he is running.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Thanks! Any other Tancredo info would be appreciated. Keep it comin...

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tancredo = David Duke.

Ain't happenin'

1:37 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Good for Tom. Somebody needs to keep this pack of hacks honest.

2:31 PM  
Blogger The Deplorable Old Bulldog said...

Is happening. Anon 1:37, that is the quinessential fear mongering and ad hominym that substitutes for discourse in the liberal world.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Western Iowa will do anything it takes to end illegal immigration.

Tancredo will not hurt McCain one bit.

Don't know about Romney b/c all we know about him is that he was against gay marriage b/f he was for it and now against it...I think...

Guilliani...he's all for anything it in girlfriends and wives.........

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are right, Tancredo will not hurt McCain (with IA Republicans). Although Ted Kennedy, the gang of 14, opposition of judges, Amnesty for illegals, and on and on and on, will hurt John McCain. As Crazy as Tancredo is, I would rather have him than McCain.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 4:31, you aren't telling the whole story on the Straight Talk Express.

Don't forget McCain Feingold, opposition to tax cuts, self serving attacks on Pres Bush on "torture", calling conservatives bigots, and, unique to Iowa, ripping on supporters of ethanol as corrupt and the caucuses as a circus.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Tan-crazy is just what our party doesn't need right now - a xenophobic bigot. He'll have zero impact on the Big 3, but might take away some supporters from Brownback and eventually Thompson.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Tancredo candidacy is an interesting prospect. The problem with him is that he is considered a "one issue" candidate and that issue is so divisive that his campaign would be flypaper for freakazoids. He DOES understand what is at stake in the WOT, however.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This hurts Romney. Romney was courting Tancredo for support. Guess it happening now.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Tancredo is a single issue candidate.

He picked the right single issue. His issue is illegal immigration as it relates to National Security. He was the first to articulate it and continues to be true to his belief.

He's right that National Security is number one and illegal immigration is a HUGE contributing factor to that. It's not about MEXICANS. It's about islamofascimn.

He gets it.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone else heard the rumor about a possible Giuliani-Gingrich ticket?

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is a far more attractive candidate than Tancredo.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

But Tancredo would be much better than the "I cheated on my wife and abandoned her for another woman" ticket.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, Anon 10:17, if Tancredo is not about Mexicans, as you say, why doesnt he care about closing the Canadian border? It is, after all, the longest undefended border in the world. Islamofacists could cross there much easier than the Mexican border.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tancredo will hurt McCain in Iowa because he will keep talking about how McCain is against a wall and for amnesty.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tancredo had a larger than expected turnout in West Des Moines. The landscape is wide open in Iowa. Lots of people aren't excited about the current announce crew. He's running on getting something pretty specific done over the next 4 years and he's right on target in siezing it as an issue important to Americans over the next four years.

He's got a shot for 3rd. I agree he has to move above Pataki. He'll move up past Thompson just on name ID as soon as he hires staff. He'll move up past Browback and Huckabee on Illegal Immagration alone, let alone due to Brownbacks weak position on Iraq.

The race just got more interesting.

5:04 PM  

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