As expected, Tom Tancredo ended his long-shot run at the Presidency this afternoon. Tancredo was a one-issue candidate, which is always hard to do. But I suspect Tancredo isn’t too disappointed with how things turned out. He had to know it was unlikely that he would win. On the other hand, Tancredo has undoubtedly shifted the debate on immigration and helped force mainstream politicians from both parties confront the problems caused by illegal aliens.
Few people ever get to have a serious impact on a national policy debate. Tancredo did, and that’s not bad for a relatively unknown Congressman from Colorado.
Tancredo made another announcement today – he endorsed Governor Mitt Romney for President. Romney’s credentials on illegal immigration are not as good as Tancredo’s, but then again, nobody’s are. But Romney has taken a strong, solid stand against illegal immigration, a stance which Congressman Tancredo sees as genuine. Romney also has a decent record on the issue. It is, apparently, good enough for Tancredo.
We now have the most prominent anti-illegal alien politician in the nation and in the local area both supporting the same man for President – Mitt Romney.
Some people suggested that when Jackson Miller endorsed Romney, it was a sign that Miller was going soft on illegal immigration. Nobody can plausibly say that Tancredo has gone soft on illegal immigration. I don’t think Miller did either.
Rather, both men have concluded that Mitt Romney would be a good President and would be good on the issues they care about, including illegal immigration.
Congressman Tancredo’s announcement should cause many people to take a second look at Mitt Romney.
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