November 13th, 2007
05:13 PM ET
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GOP candidate defends ad depicting terrorist attack

Watch Tancredo defend his controversial ad in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer .

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo is standing by his new television ad depicting a terrorist attack on an American mall, saying it portrays a real threat.

"Yes, they are coming, they are coming through our porous borders, and yes, they are coming to do us great damage," the Colorado Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. "I don't know why anybody would not think this is true."

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 as they have in London, Spain and Russia."

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Byron, Tulsa, OK

    A vote for anyone but Tancredo is a vote for letting your children get murdered by Islamofacists and your wife raped by Jihadists. You have been warned.

    - The Mgmt

    November 13, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    He's right. It's sad he has to defend this ad. God forbid we step on anyone's toes.

    November 13, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. C_Munkie, Nashville Tennessee

    Don't you just love the usefulness of fear? I just don't think it works when it comes to elections.

    Vote for me or you could quite possibly die.

    Not too catchy.

    November 13, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. James Golden, New York

    Of course Tancredo is right. Only the most dense left wingers suffering from bush derangement syndrome actually believe that there is no threat from terrorism (or believe Bush is more of a threat than the terrorists).

    Tancredo is right to remind Americans that we still face a serious threat. Sure, some politicians have beat the 911 drum into the ground. But 9/11 did happen, and there are plenty more people out there who are just as willing to give their life so as to take a few of us with them. I just wish candidates that actually stood a chance of winning the white house echoed these concerns. Oh wait, they do, at least the GOP ones. Guess who I'll be voting for in 2008!

    November 13, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Trollmaster, CA

    There was a Republican majority for years after 9/11 why didn't they do anything about it then?

    Let's be real, Republicans value cheap illegal immigrant labor over national security. If they really cared they would have done something about it on 9/12/2001 not use it as an election issue in 2007.

    November 13, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Ben Allbright, Little Rock, AR

    Yes, they are coming so hard and fast that they've managed to attack our malls exactly zero times.

    Tancredo is a flagrant xenophobe, and his campaign should be treated as seriously as an Amway convention–stay away at all costs.

    November 13, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Tim, Seattle

    When your party is on the ropes, always go to the fear mongering card. Its the only card the GOP has left to play. Just ask the one-trick 911 pony Ghouliani.
    And hey, isn't playing on the nation's fear considered terrorism? Just checking.

    November 13, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. brandi , ny

    Totally cracking up at Byron from Tulsa's warning from "THE MANAGEMENT" Tooooo funny !

    November 13, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Former US Army Officer, Kansas

    No more, this guy is totally undeserving of any more time or effort.

    November 13, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Andy, DeKalb, IL

    You probably have a better chance of being hit by lightening than being killed by a backpack bomber. The fear strategy is so 2001, there has to be something better. Somehow, this must be Bill Clinton's fault.

    November 13, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Matt, Chicago

    anyone who believes the following:

    "Tancredo 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." totally detached from reality + obviously doesn't know the history or philosophy behind recent terrorist attacks.

    This is typical alarmist BS that is fairly amusing coming from an irrelevant, ignorant xenophobe such as Tancredo. What's scary is that it's essentially the same message being used by Giuliani.

    As a Chicagoan, my fear will be saved for the excessive Chicago sales tax, eventual cuts in public transpo, and a destructive continuance of the 'politics of fear,' led by long-time fraud, and probable pres. Giuliani.

    November 13, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Max, Boston, MA

    Fear mongering is stupid, but I do respect that he holds to what he believes in. At least it's fear mongering with his name on the line. If people don't like it, then it's at his own risk.

    November 13, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Steve, Huntington Beach CA

    Fear, what a great distraction from the real issues.

    November 13, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Flagship, Hartford, CT

    Nice... set the stage for home grown copy cat terrorist!
    500 police in every mall?
    Search every single back pack in public?
    Tom Tancredo is another sick GOP wacko.
    They must be breeding like roaches in the trash bins of society.

    November 13, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. erika morgan black dimond wa

    "THE HUN ARE COMING, THE HUN ARE COMING TO GET YOU" This was a paper tiger in 1000 as it is today.

    PS1 I'd rather die an honest person, then live a worry driven shell of what I could be.

    PS2 Shakespeare has Julius Caesar say " A brave man dies but once, a coward dies a thousand deaths."

    PS3 I live by Caesars code.

    November 13, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Anthony, Beverly Hills, CA

    Wow you are ignorant, the people from 9/11 were here legally, at least most of them or they came in legally.

    November 13, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Ashley T., Seattle, WA

    This fearmongering tactics won't work for any republican candidate. If this is true, then why not bring all our servicemen from Iraq and elsewhere and place them in malls and Wal Mart and grocery stores? According to Bush, we are fighting the war there so that these jihadists don't come here and blow up our malls. These phony Karl Rovian tactics can only be shown on FOX.

    November 13, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Raymond, El Paso TX

    So we've come full circle now have we? What happened to fighting them over there so we don't have to fight here?

    Could it be Republicans are admitting they were wrong? It'll be interesting to see how they spin this one.

    November 13, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Darko, New Orleans LA

    Wow you are ignorant, the people from 9/11 were here legally, at least most of them or they came in legally.

    Which is a problem in itself wouldn't you say?

    November 13, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. JB Boston MA

    If it's even partially true, then what is so wrong about it? Are we not supposed to discuss anything that scares people?

    Nobody can argue that this is at least partially true.

    This has been something that Tancredo has been talking about for six years. This isn't a bandwagon he has jumped on. And it is a shame that we stil have "porous" borders this many years after 9-11.

    November 13, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Alan, San Angelo Texas

    What does Tom Tancredo froth with?

    November 13, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Steve, Detroit, MI

    Any one sick enought with a backpack can explode a mall, or a school. We are all responsible watch, detect and catch them before it happens. I don't see how one or other politician could make a real difference here at home. Maybe bringing back our troops and stopping alienating the world.

    November 13, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Gary Frechette Palm Beach Gardens Florida

    Being involved in the mall security field and law enforcement for over 30 years this ad is completly out of line...What is this guy thinking. True or not we don't need this type of hype.

    November 13, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Steve Driscoll. Columbus IN

    All I can say is Wow, I give the man credit for sticking his neck on the line, but using a scare tactic when we know that 9-11 was caused by terrorists that came here legally. If I remember correctly some hijacker green card/citizenship visa was ok AFTER 9-11. The only thing we have to worry about in the south is an unskilled labor force and thats it for the most part. I have a real issue in this country about HEALTHCARE! Republicans have had 8 years to fix the border and havent done squat, lets fix something that will help us on this american soil, i dont give a toot about who gets what outside of the USA!

    November 13, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Shirley, Dickinson, ND

    I agree wholeheartedly with Byron and Sophie. The threat of terrorism is so real and the attacks will become more frequent as this country gets weaker and weaker and more vulnerable every day. I think Mr. Tancredo is exactly right when he says they are here and more are coming to do us great damage. Al Qaeda is just sitting back and laughing at how the stupdity of this administration is running this country into the ground, giving them all sorts of options to do great harm to us.

    November 13, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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