November 13th, 2007
12:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Campaign defends ad depicting terrorist attack

Tancredo's new ad depicts a terrorist attack on an American mall.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo's new television ad depicting a terrorist attack on an American mall is raising eyebrows Tuesday, but the Colorado Republican's campaign says it doesn't cross the line.

"There's nothing over the top about this," Bay Buchanan, Tancredo's campaign manager told CNN. "It's quite accurate."

The 30-second ad, set to begin running on Iowa cable stations this week, depicts a hooded man walking into a crowded mall with a backpack. Over the sound of a ticking clock, the man abandons the backpack at a bench and an explosion is heard.

"There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20 million aliens who have come to take our jobs," the ad's narrator says. "Islamic terrorists now freely roam U.S. soil. Jihadists, who froth with hate, here to do what they have in London, Spain, and Russia."

Buchanan brushed aside critics who say the ad is playing the "fear card" and cited a recent FBI memo that said officials had received a tip Al Qaeda terrorists may be planning attacks on shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago during the upcoming holiday season. The FBI also said there is no indication the tip is credible.

"That's a common response of individuals who don't like your message," she said of those who have said the ad is designed to instill fear. "But the key is this: Is there a concern that this could happen to us at anytime? It has to be the case, the FBI just confirmed it."

"Washington doesn't have the guts, or the courage, or the will to do their job which is to secure their nation and that is why we face this threat," she continued. "Unless we speak about it, we can't expect the American people to put the proper pressure on Washington to do what they were elected to do."

Tancredo, who has placed the issue of illegal immigration front-and-center in his long-shot presidential bid, previously caused a stir in August when he said bombing holy Muslim sites would serve as a good "deterrent" to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from attacking the United States.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. DW, anytown, anystate

    Last time I checked, Christian extremist have bombed this country more than the Islamic variety.....

    November 13, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    liberals say Bush and the Republicans are "fear mongering" , but when there's an actual terrorist attack, they say "you knew and you didn't warn us.

    That's hypocritical.

    November 13, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. demwit

    Sorry, hollywood says there is no war on terror and who knows more about terror than them??

    November 13, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. DE

    The comment about "taking our jobs", that really annoys me, especially since jobs are SENT overseas now. And yes, some have been sent to Muslim countries.

    November 13, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Jim, Illinois

    We will have another attack on US soil and there isn't anything a Democrat nor Republican can do. With our borders being so open, I'm sure there are terrorists already here. But, I am glad Saddam is gone. I feel much safer, don't you?

    November 13, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Steve Elliott Columbia, SC

    I agree with the candidate. We must face the possibility of something like this happening. Someone should read the Tom Clancey novel written a few years ago with terrorist attacks on shopping malls by individuals who infiltrated our border from Mexico...........

    Congress, secure our borders.

    November 13, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. George, Pittsburgh, PA

    We need another FDR to remind us that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. That's going to have to be one of the Democrats as the GOP is nothing but a bunch of fear-mongering lunatics, led by the duplicious Mr. Guiliani.

    November 13, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Jeannie, Sacramento, CA WROTE: ~ "I concur with Bay Buchanan. Why don't we talk about it openly and loudly? But if the congressman wanted to be truly honest about borders, he should've toned down the ad to relfect the current wave of tuberculosis and childhood diseases, domestic violence and child abuse attributed to cultural codes, all brought to the US by the illegal influx from the southern borders and on record at every Health and Human Services agency in every state. Let's not also forget the number of homicides committed by these illegal aliens. ILLEGALS GO HOME!"

    Not that I'm for illegal immigration either but WOW! No transparency in your comments. I suppose you also don't eat meat, chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables, certainly don't go out to eat, wear only American-made clothes and had your house fully fumigated before you moved in? know, with so much filth, diseases and all.

    November 13, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. QMAX Chicago, IL

    Tancredo is using his common sense, it is naive to believe that attacks won't happen simply because they haven't happen. This was the same logic used by the CIA and FBI and we got 9/11. Of course most leftists who post on this board seem to be ignorant of this glaring fact.

    November 13, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Buddy, Kansas City, Missouri

    Tancredo is obviously trying to get his name in the spotlight to round up some votes. He has no chance and he and his ridiculous ads should be ignored.

    November 13, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Steve, Lyons, CO

    Tancredo, brainless nutcase.

    November 13, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Ryan Theriot, Chicago, IL

    Actually the 9/11 truth movement is lead by the victims' families. Visit This is a site owned by the victims families so that they can get their message out. The attacks were an inside job, and everyone who seeks the truth finds it. There are 3 guys working in the Rockefeller Center for the major news networks that determine everything you hear about that day. Is it so hard to believe in corruption?

    November 13, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. christian, selden, ny

    Jody Crockett, St. Louis, Missouri

    how is it a reality card for you? there was a terrorist attack in 2001. pearl harbor was attacked during world war 2 there isnt exactly a huge amount of attacks on american soil and it doesnt exactly take a genious to crash a plane into a building! and i dont believe we need to take money from things like education labor and health to fund our protection. countries in europe, asia and africa have been dealing with genocide, terrorism and war that makes 9/11 look like a good day, but we act like babies and put all of our money into protecting us from something that has happened twice in the last 15 years!! let me tell you we will have another terrorist attack its almost impossible to avoid...

    November 13, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Locke, The World

    The rhetoric applied in this situation, avoiding of whom made the statement, and in its place what is contained demonstrates a legitimate threat.

    Wars escelate, empirically, and one utilizing a nuclear arsenal will surely follow suit, neither of which current infrastructure can handle.

    Stopping terrorist attacks-Legitimate or not are the</i. imperative of US national security.

    As for the erroneous discussion of Global climate change and a collapsing economy.

    First, Global climate change or Global Warming is wholly unproven, given that scientists would need documentation dating back to Earth's atmospheric formation to verify it, until then, stop the erroneous chatter.

    Second, the economy is fine, as shown by our managing the housing burst, government institutions adjusted interest rates to balance the economy. Talks of a coming recession are false, given that it should have happened after the bubble burst, but it didn't, any possible future recessions will be balanced in the same manner.

    So, to those foolish pontificators-Learn yourself before you speak.

    November 13, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Shawn, New York, NY

    This is a good way for the GOP to get out the "boogeyman vote". To get those who are easily scared by whatever the media puts out, from terrorism to MRSA. These people will do anything to incite fear among Americans, because it's the only thing that keeps them in power now. The republican party has truly lost its way from the small government libertarian views of Barry Goldwater, and is now corrupted by fat cats who hide behind the bible to get things done.

    November 13, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. ED orlando fl

    I notice that Tancedo did not mentionIdaho or minneapolis airport where right wing WIDE STANCE politicians go for protection. I never realized there were so many right wing KOOKS until this group of presidential Prospects had the gall to run. WE ARE IN TROUBLE IF ANY OF THIS GROUP GETS ELECTED.I have seen a wierd bunch in my 78 yrs .

    November 13, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Kelly Joyner, Warner Robins, GA

    The problem with this kind of ad is not just that it instills fear, (kind of like the threat of hell being the reason for becoming a Christian, rather than you agree with the teachings of Christ), but it targets just immigrants. Who are the ones that have bombed clinics, the Olympic Park in Atlanta, and the federal building in Oklahoma? Americans, home grown terrorists. We cannot begin to profile peoples in the hopes of being "safe." There are no guarantees in this world, except death and it is inevitable no matter who is elected.

    November 13, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Art, Port Tobacco, MD

    So much for political correctness.

    November 13, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Melissa--Nashville, TN

    I feel ill just thinking about what terrorists are capable of doing, and I would rather not hear about it and just live in the bubble I was born into. But what I want and what is bound to happen are two different things. Our country is being destroyed from the inside and no one is Washington cares to do anything about. We're in pre-9/11 days again now and we act as if 9/11 never happened. Our economy is hurting and an attack from within would be what destroys us and the terrorists know this. Thanks for going the road less traveled on this ad. Please show this to this whole country. We need to hear this. Washington, if you don't help get the word out and DO SOMETHING blood will be on your hands.

    November 13, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. john, Fremont, CA

    We live in fear thanks to the administration. Keep people in fear and you can control them. They will let you take their rights away. If they hesitate, Then just dangle the "fear" ticket in front of their faces once more, that should do it.

    It's really pathetic that politicians have to scare people into voting for them.

    November 13, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. AJ, IL

    Why is Tom Tancredo still in the race? Those that put money into his camp are truly wasting their money. Stop with the politics of fear! America gets it. There Islamic extremists in the world out to harm the US. That's old news. What are we doing (or planning to do) to make us more secure? What is your agenda to make us more safe?

    November 13, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. ramez,san pablo CA

    take what Jobs????
    working at a burger place for $6/hour,or washing dishes at $7/hour...WE the people need to wake up and speak out aginst those ads and thier proud that you and I are the country that every body in this world want to come and build alife for thier families and them self..

    November 13, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. ronnie, palm desert CA

    Tancredo is a scary & creepy guy .. haven't we had enough of all the fear mongering the repubs have thrown at us since 9/11? I can't wait until the USA is delivered from the incompetent and morally bankrupt bush admin, but who knew there's actually someone even scarier out there? Tancredo needs to slither back to & stay in his own personal little hate-filled cave.

    November 13, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Bob, Milwaukee WI

    Liberals and alike need to wake up. The threat is real... Just ask the families that lost loved ones on 911.

    November 13, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Sensible Joe, Gainesville, FL

    It's ironic that the Republicans would play the "fear card" over 20 million illegal aliens, insecure borders and lax immigration policing when they've been in power for six years after 9/11 and did nothing to fix any of those problems. In fact, the Bush administration undercut and underfunded efforts to solve these breaches in national security. What hypocrisy!

    November 13, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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