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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071220/ap_on_el_pr/tancredo;_ylt=AtaqojUZXt1KTCRTDCFmXdys0NUE Tancredo to abandon presidential bid By GEORGE MERRITT, Associated
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 19, 2007

      Tancredo to abandon presidential bid

      By GEORGE MERRITT, Associated Press Writer 20 minutes

      DENVER - Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, whose forceful
      opposition to illegal immigration vaulted him to
      national prominence, plans to announce he is
      abandoning his long-shot bid for the presidency, a
      person close to Tancredo said Wednesday.

      The five-term Colorado congressman planned to make the
      announcement at a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa,
      on Thursday, the person said, speaking on condition of
      anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for
      Tancredo or his campaign.

      Tancredo's campaign would only say he planned a "major
      announcement" Thursday.

      Tancredo has consistently polled at the back of the
      nine-person GOP field. He has based his campaign on
      opposition to illegal immigration, a top issue in many
      areas of the country. He has run television ads that
      link lax border security to terrorist attacks, rape
      and other crimes.

      Tancredo announced in October that he would not seek a
      sixth term in Congress, but hinted he would consider
      running for the Senate after his presidential bid.

      Colorado will have an open Senate seat next year when
      Republican Wayne Allard retires.

      Fears about illegal immigration boosted Tancredo's
      profile, but it didn't translate into support as
      reflected by his low standing in national and state
      polls and his limited fundraising. In part, candidates
      such as Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani usurped
      Tancredo's hardline stance on the issue, prompting the
      congressman to quip at one debate that "all I've heard
      is people trying to out-Tancredo Tancredo."

      Tancredo drew criticism for a controversial campaign
      ad that showed a man in a hooded sweat shirt with a
      backpack in a crowded mall. The screen goes dark at
      the sound of an explosion, and then the ad shows clips
      of the aftermath of terrorist acts in Europe,
      including a picture of a bloodied child.

      "There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20
      million aliens who have come to take our jobs," a
      narrator says. "Islamic terrorists now freely roam
      U.S. soil, jihadists who froth with hate, here to do
      as they have in London, Spain, Russia. The price we
      pay for spineless politicians who refuse to defend our
      borders against those who come to kill."

      "I approve this message because someone needs to say
      it," Tancredo says at the beginning of the ad.

      Tancredo took credit in July for some of the political
      woes that have befallen Sen. John McCain, once the
      front-runner in the GOP race. Tancredo has hammered
      McCain in Iowa and other states for supporting a
      failed immigration bill in Congress that would have
      legalized millions of immigrants now in the country.

      The grandson of an Italian immigrant, Tancredo says he
      became angry about illegal immigration because of
      bilingual education requirements in schools. He says
      those requirements turned out students who were
      illiterate in two languages.

      Tancredo wants the military to patrol U.S. borders and
      employers to be required to prove a need for
      short-term foreign workers.

      Never shy about stirring controversy, Tancredo told a
      radio talk-show host that "you could take out" Islamic
      holy sites should terrorists ever launch a nuclear
      attack against the United States.

      When asked if he meant bombing holy sites like Mecca,
      Tancredo answered: "Yeah" and said he was "just
      throwing out some ideas."
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