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

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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  1. JD Rugby ND

    Fear, fear, fear. And don't forget to mention that this guy wants to continue Bush's war terror in Iraq just like Giuliani, Clinton, Thompson, Obama, and McCain.

    November 13, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. C. Lynch, Los Angeles, CA

    Why sneak across the Super hot or Super cold desert border when you can get a VISA and get in Legally... You known like the 9/11 Hijackers did... Tancredo is an idiot!

    November 13, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. aj huntington ny

    Yes, "erika morgan" another timothy mcvey could come along and bomb your kids' school. But why don't we tighten our immigration policies just in case?...

    November 13, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. John Atlanta, GA

    Byron: 1) stop repeating the rhetoric you hear on talk radio, it really doesn't make you sound more intelligent. 2) stop using catch phrases: "Islamofacists" makes no sense because the terrorists do not have authortarian control of a government or nation...if anything, people should be afraid of the current administration and it's abuse of power, secret operations, propaganda and corruption. Actually, they can be called "Conservafacists", because they are facists, and represent the real threat to our freedom.

    And what's with "- The Mgmt"?

    November 13, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Dave, Austin

    Things will not improve, no matter who gets elected. Mark my words.

    November 13, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Russ, Columbia Texas

    It's amazing using terror to terrorize voters into voting for them. I use "them" because Giuliani uses the same tactics. Giuliani unfortunately was in the wrong place at the right time and is using the horror of 9-11 to promote his campaign. What about all the graft and corruption which stemmed out of his term as mayor and is now being brought to light. A lot will be introduced to the campaign as it continues on.

    November 13, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Catherine Saint Paul Mn

    Remember when everyone wante to come to America to LIVE the American Dream.. Not Blow it up......

    -Refuse to live in fear!!

    November 13, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Dan Seattle, WA

    People like Byron get me so scared. I better vote for Tom.

    Islamofascism is a complete oxymoron and your use of the word Jihad shows you utter ignorance of Islam. I don't excuse Islamic extremists and their deplorable actions.

    Rather than spewing fear and uneducated drivel, why don't you pick up a book and do a little reading.

    November 13, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Rob Wilms Los Angeles, Ca.

    Tom Tancredo is a symptom of what is wrong with the American political system. This sort of fear-mongering has to be discredited, and he needs to resign in disgrace.

    November 13, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Alan, Bonita Springs, FL

    What happened? Did Tancredo hire Karl Rove? Guess we should open this kind of campaigning up to ALL the fear failure to breathe, dying of old age broke in the streets, all our bridges collapsing, oil costing $20 per gallon.

    As Karly-boy knew all too well, when you can't argue the facts, it's time to crank up the fear machine.

    November 13, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Cherri Brown, Fayetteville, GA

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,"~FDR at some point when fear could have gripped/paralyzed the nation and when true leadership prevailed to lead a nation into war as a nation of one. Tom Tancredo is not about leadership or unity. 'nuff said.

    November 13, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. braini , wilmington nc.

    Tancredo is showing a problem facing this country . What's wrong w. that ? Anyway, you all are aware that Iraq is succeeding of late... MSLSD and Communist News Netwk not showing the good news?

    November 13, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. therealist

    Tancredo is a nobody. If he can't even bring up the subject, how are we suppose to address it? Everyone needs to wait up and be more aware of their surroundings at all times. Let's just call it common sense.

    November 13, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Len, Fort Collins, Colorado

    It must be getting close to election time....The fear factor is starting again.
    Instead of fear, why shouldn't we enforce the laws for border control. We need more border control personel. Oh sorry we can't, we need the money for the war in Irag!!

    November 13, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Dave, New York, NY

    Tancredo is an idiot.

    Every single 9/11 terrorist came in using legitimate or forged papers.

    Real terrorists come in using real visas so they can blend in. There is no evidence at all of terrorists coming across the mexican border like undocumented workers.

    What a moron.

    November 13, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    are we scared yet, you know this right wing macho types sure are cowards.

    Whatever happened to give me "liberty or give me death"....

    No no, now its the islamofacists are coming, the islamofacist are coming, and the only ones saing it are the "MACHO" conservatives.

    What a bunch of pathetic cowards they are. I'm not and never will be afraid of "islamofacists", what scares me is that so many Americans seem to be acting like cowards.

    boooooooo, boooooooo, look behind you, there are ghosts too, booooooo

    November 13, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Jonathan Hattiesburg, MS

    Well, I guess Tancredo is causing one last stir before he takes his rightful place in political history as an "also ran" marginalia.

    November 13, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Karen Schweiker/AZ

    Tom Tancredo is the only candidate with the guts to tell it like it really is, and if you want to live in a state of denial about the dilemmas are country is facing, that's your choice, but it would be better if you got off your couch, or out of your bed and hit the deck running.

    Tom Tancredo did not cross the line with his ad. He is walking it and talking it, and the ad is effective in getting the point across about our weak and porous border–not only for illegal alien crossers, but for islamofacist crossers bent on destroying our country.

    This man is faithful, loyal and has put his life on the line for what is right for this country, and he has the proof and legislative history to back it. He has an A-A+ rating from every conservative group out there, and he is willing to help us take our country back and return it to normalcy. If you want that, then he's the guy. If not, go for more of the same with unsecured borders and threats of REAL jihad any place, any time, in any number of places in our country.

    As he would say, this is your country, take it back! This may be one of our last chances to do that through a leader such as Tom.

    The critics can boo-hoo this man all they want. He is still the last best hope for this country.

    November 13, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    This guy is a nut! Let's not forget that one of the most horrific terror attacks on our nation..was inside our borders, from an American, and a veteran. We've got just as much to fear from nuts like Tancredo stirring the far right wing wacko's as we do from Muslim extremists!

    November 13, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Rhonda Nelson Sugar Land, Texas

    I love Tancredo's ad. It's about time a politician cared about American citizens more than anyone else. We pay their salaries. We elect them to serve us. No one else. Us. U.S.

    November 13, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Anthony, Beverly Hills, CA

    It is two completely different issues.

    November 13, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. sgtlejeune

    Remember when politicians used to garner votes based on issues, beliefs, and good old-fashioned mud-slinging? This reminds me of the old Italian mafia – "Vote for me or these people will kill you"

    November 13, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Anthony, Beverly Hills, CA

    Why don't they talk about the gas prices and how it is going to affect every thing we do. From taking vacation to buying food. they are going to creat more crime and he is talking about backpacks

    November 13, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, Glendora CA

    Is this still working, the scare tactics.

    The only thing that scares me today, is the cowardice of the right wing republicans, whatever happened to "give me liberty or give me death".

    Oh yeah, that only applies to other people's kids that republicans like to play war with.

    Go to daddy Bush he will protect you and make you feel all good and cozy, where nobody will ever harm you.

    And now uncle Fred can take care of you, or maybe the crazy cousin Tancredo, or maybe the Old Mad-der McCain. Or maybe Mits magical underwear, or that blood sucker Vampire Giuliani. They will all keep you nice and safe and cozy where no islamofacist can ever touch you.

    Oh for the love of God, wake up people.

    November 13, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Doug NYC

    Proaction is always better than reaction...

    November 13, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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