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Tancredo Endorses Mitt Romney

By RHarrison | 20 December 2007 | National Politics | 9 Comments

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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  1. Spank That Donkey said on 20 Dec 2007 at 10:39 pm:
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    Tancredo knows Duncan Hunter is still there to kick him where it hurts if he strays…. I am disappointed… but I guess Tancredo wanted to get all he could before he dropped out….

    Typical politics, Tancredo keeps his seat in Congress, whereas Duncan is giving his up, and the most senior position on the House Armed Service committee among Republicans (he chaired until the recent unpleasantness in 06′).

    Romney doesn’t impress me, when your opponents use your own old campaign ads against you, and never even say a word in the hit piece…

    Big Money buys candidates, and when the big money boys will not back a decent, honest man like Duncan Hunter…. what does that say about them, us, and the process?

  2. NoVA Scout said on 20 Dec 2007 at 11:02 pm:
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    quite a blow to the Romney campaign. They seem to be going from one setback to another these days. Frankly, I’m sure they tried to head this off, but Tancredo has always had a mind of his own.

  3. Cory said on 21 Dec 2007 at 12:07 am:
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    I’ve posted this comment on a few blogs. I’m not working for Romney, I just feel that he hasn’t received a very fair shake among many conservatives thus far. Romney is clearly now the anti-illegal immigration candidate. What candidate can win the support of ALL conservatives…fiscal, defense, AND social? Mitt’s the man!

  4. mnd said on 21 Dec 2007 at 2:13 am:
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    Gun grabbing yankee carpetbagger.

  5. SLB said on 21 Dec 2007 at 6:51 am:
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    A cult-driven Mormon will NEVER be elected President in this country…get over the fetish that this Massachusetts flip-flopper has a shot. He’s a slicky-boy.

  6. park'd said on 21 Dec 2007 at 7:10 am:
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    They are ALL slicky boys except for Ron Paul. I like Huckabee but I can’t abide by a man that wants to give amnesty to 30 million lawbreakers and send all of their illegal kids to school on the tax payer teet while our own kids go without. Not on my watch.

  7. RPsupporter said on 21 Dec 2007 at 7:58 am:
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    I think Tancredo is dropping his congressional seat.

    But may run for senate in two years.

  8. Anonymous said on 21 Dec 2007 at 9:33 am:
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    Par’k: That’s “teat,” not “teet,” but you’re on the mark the rest of the time. When do you announce your candidacy for MP mayor?

  9. opditch said on 21 Dec 2007 at 11:36 am:
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    See what Iowa’s stalwart anti-illegals Rep Steve King has to say about Tancredo’s endorsement of Romney:


    King is sticking with Fred, me too:


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