Tom Tancredo

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U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo

Thomas Gerard "Tom" Tancredo (born 1945) was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008, and in 2010 was the American Constitution Party nominee for Governor of Colorado. He announced his intentions to run after he claimed the Republican candidate chosen by the GOP leadership in Washington, D.C. had no serious chance of winning the seat. That candidate, Dan Maes, polled in the single digits and garnered just over 11% of the vote. Tancredo served as a conservative Republican Congressman representing the suburbs of Denver and was 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 2007. In 2011, he returned to the Republican Party.

Tancredo strongly supported U.S. President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the Senate's ability to confirm him.[2]

Political Views

Tancredo has a nearly 100% conservative voting record and has even criticized President George W. Bush over his immigration policy.[3] 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.[4]

Tancredo has a lifetime rating of 97.8 from the American Conservative Union.[5]

Congressman Tancredo has achieved a score of "100%" from the National Right to Life Committee for the 106th,[6] 107th,[7] 109th[8] and the ongoing 110th Congress.[9]

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." [10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] The New York Times quickly branded the two as "demogogues".[14]

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."[15] 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.[16] Leading conservatives asked Brownback to retract the claim, although he refused.[17]

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.[18]

In August, 2007, Tancredo suggested that bombing the cities of Mecca and Medina might be a useful deterrent to terrorism.[19] 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. [20]

On December 20, 2007, Tancredo dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney.[21]

2010 Midterms

Despite a late surge, Tancredo lost the 2010 Gubernatorial election to John Hickenlooper, losing 51%-36.5%-11%. Dick Morris: "Tom Tancredo Surges in Poll for Colorado Governor." As he closed in down the stretch, he used quotes such as the one below on his Facebook page to rally support:

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

External links


  2. Tancredo, Tom (April 8, 2017). Tancredo: Thanks Mr. President and Mitch McConnell, the GOP Is My Political Home Again. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  3. Voting record on Abortion
  10. Obama is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Al Qaeda, says Colorado governor candidate,, October 31, 2010
  11. Zeleny, Jeff. "The 2008 Campaign: Rep. Tancredo of Colorado Enters GOP Presidential Race." April 30, 2007. New York Times.
  12. Zeleny, Jeff. "The 2008 Campaign: Rep. Tancredo of Colorado Enters GOP Presidential Race." April 30, 2007. New York Times.
  13. Leonhardt, David. "Truth, Fiction, and Lou Dobbs." May 30, 2007. New York Times.
  14. Downes, Lawrence. "When Demogogues Play the Leprosy Card, Watch out." June 17, 2007. New York Times.
  16. Tancredo on Abortion,
  20. Newark, NJ Presser Transcript. August 20, 2007