Tom Tancredo

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U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo

Tom ("Thomas Gerard") Tancredo (b. 1945) is the Independent ticket, the American Constitution Party nomination for Governor of Colorado. He announced his intentions to run after he claimed the Republican candidates chosen by the GOP, in Washington, D.C., had no serious chance of winning the seat. That candidate is Dan Maes and he's polling in the single digits. Tancredo served as a conservative Republican Congressman representing the suburbs of Denver and has been outspoken against illegal immigration [1]. Often vilified by liberals and targeted for defeat, he was re-elected in 2006 in a landslide by a margin of 59%-40%. He announced his retirement from the House in hopes of winning the White House, though he withdrew from the presidential race in December of 2007.

Political Views

Tancredo has a nearly 100% conservative voting record and has even criticized President George W. Bush over his immigration policy[2]. Tancredo was one of 33 congressmen to vote against the 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act, which requires local governments to print multilingual ballots at its own expense.

Rep. Tancredo has been awarded a career grade of A+ and a career score of 100% from Americans for Better Immigration for his Congressional record of support of border control and opposition to amnesties.[3]

Tancredo has a lifetime rating of 97.8 from the American Conservative Union[4].

Rep. Tancredo has achieved a score of "100%" from the National Right to Life Committee for the 106th[5], 107th[6], 109th[7] and the ongoing 110th Congress[8].

He said Barack Hussein Obama poses a bigger threat than Al Qaeda. Speaking in defense of the Constitution Tancredo said, "It's not Al Qaeda, it's the guy sitting in the White House." [9]

2010 Midterms

Tom Tancredo is making an impressive finish. Dick Morris: "Tom Tancredo Surges in Poll for Colorado Governor." Per his Facebook page,

This is our way of life. Fight for it. This is our flag. Pick it up. This is our state. Take it back.

2008 Presidential Campaign

Tancredo entered the Presidential race in April 2007 because, he asserted, no other candidate was willing to take a strong stance on immigration.[10] His campaign announcement was scrutinized by the media which felt he was running on a single issue platform. In fact, the nature of his campaign as a whole was highly criticized for being drastically underfunded, reliant on conservative talk radio show appearances and affiliated largely with right-wing conservative groups.[11] His anti-immigration issue was vilified in the liberal media during the height of controversy for anti-immigration advocate Lou Dobbs, who had attributed increasing leprosy rates to illegal immigration.[12] The New York Times quickly branded the two as "demogogues".[13]

He heavily campaigned in Iowa in an attempt to place high in the unofficial Iowa Straw Poll. In August 2007, fellow Republican presidential primary contestant Sam Brownback, attacked Tancredo for allegedly receiving money from the "founder of a Planned Parenthood network."[14] The Tancredo campaign stated that they did not endorse funders' values and that the allegations did not line up with Tancredo's consistent pro-life voting record and statements. [15] Leading conservatives asked Brownback to retract the claim, although he refused.[16]

Tancredo verbally attacked other fellow Republican presidential primary candidates, including Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee. Former governor Mike Huckabee stated that Tancredo's ad claiming Huckabee held a pro-amnesty position was "blatantly dishonest", and that Tancredo's campaign either did sloppy research or deliberately mischaracterized his position[17].

In August, 2007, Tancredo suggested that bombing the cities of Mecca and Medina might be a useful deterrent to terrorism. [18] These comments were criticized by the U.S. State Department and by other Republicans, such as Huckabee.

In August, 2007, Tancredo condemned the sanctuary city policy at city hall in Newark, New Jersey. [19]

On December 20, 2007, Tancredo dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney. [20]

External Links


  2. Voting record on Abortion
  9. [ Obama is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Al Qaeda, says Colorado governor candidate,, October 31, 2010
  10. Zeleny, Jeff. "The 2008 Campaign: Rep. Tancredo of Colorado Enters GOP Presidential Race." April 30, 2007. New York Times.
  11. Zeleny, Jeff. "The 2008 Campaign: Rep. Tancredo of Colorado Enters GOP Presidential Race." April 30, 2007. New York Times.
  12. Leonhardt, David. "Truth, Fiction, and Lou Dobbs." May 30, 2007. New York Times.
  13. Downes, Lawrence. "When Demogogues Play the Leprosy Card, Watch out." June 17, 2007. New York Times.
  15. Tancredo on Abortion,
  19. Newark, NJ Presser Transcript. August 20, 2007