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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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. MediaJunkie, Washington, DC

    I don't know about all the 9/11 hijackers, but some were definitely not here legally. One's visa had expired and another did not meet the condition of his visa by becoming a full-time student. That qualifies as being in the U.S. illegally.

    November 13, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Kathy, Tyler TX

    We're to worry or fear about a terrorist carrying a backpack of explosives into a mall when kids are carrying guns to school in backpacks. One is, as of yet, an unrealized threat while the other is very much realized in our country and hometowns.

    Job 3:25 KJV
    For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

    November 13, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Rhonda Nelson Sugar Land, Texas

    I've been reading other comments made here and I couldn't help remembering the old ostrich with his head in the sand. He felt safe because he refused to see the danger coming. How can anyone believe it won't happen to us? It has happened to us. September 11, 2001. That's proof that it can. Ask England, Spain, anywhere in Africa, anywhere in the Middle East and New York and Pennsylvania.

    November 13, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Ken From Washington, DC

    Tancredo: noun "threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

    November 13, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Phil, Baltimore, Maryland.

    I think the Tancredo ad is very appropriate and may help focus more attention on the imigration issue. Unfortunately, as we know from history, nothing of substance gets done in this country until it becomes a crisis. The next terrorist attack in this country is probably the only thing that will motivate our representatives to do something about closing our borders to illegals.

    November 13, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Scy, Dallas, TX

    WHO . . . I mean WHO would vote for this nut ball????

    November 13, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Loren, SF Bay Area, CA

    In a town near where I live, seven people were wounded by a drive-by shooter yesterday. And there are Christian terrorists who bomb abortion clinics and things like the Federal building in Oklahoma City; tougher immigration laws won't do anything about *them*. Let's do something about the criminals we already *have*, rather than bankrupting ourselves on the ones who *might* come here someday.

    November 13, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Ivan, Chicago, Illinios

    And just who since September ii, 2001 failed to stop people from crossiing our borders? Bush and the Republicans in Congress that's who. A little Fear here, a little Fear there, ever where a little Fear. That is the message of the Republicans.
    George Orwell's timeline was just a little early.

    November 13, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Ron Pittsburgh PA

    In 2001 some 40-thousand people died in car-related accidents. About 20-thousand died from the flu.

    But those statistics don't create fear, nor do they get you elected.

    9/11 didn't "change the world," but it did change the degree to which fear and loathing is used by the GOP as a campaign talking point and tactic.

    What I have to ask "Apocalyptic Tom" is this; why are the borders so porous? Haven't the Republicans been in charge, more or less, for the last eight years?

    November 13, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Lance in Monrovia CA

    There's a book called the Shock Doctrine that details out how the neocons wait around for a major disaster or war event to push through their whole agenda while people are too shocked to do anything about it. They did it after 911, they did it after Katrina. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. There's a short film on the website as well created by Alfonso Cuaron, director of Children of Men. It's brilliant and you can see it at this link.

    Go to this link its worth a few minutes of your time. Serious.

    November 13, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Axel, RKDA, California

    I know common sense is in short supply these days, but if you were truly worried about terrorist attacks, why would you ever vote for a Republican? Do you think the answer to insanity is more insanity?

    November 13, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Kevin, Ames IA

    People should not speak badly of Tancredo. He understands that he can run a campaign on fear and a few Americans that lack free thought will support him. It's just an ego trip. Seriously, we should feel sorry for the guy. I mean what if he actually believed what he says? Poor guy...

    November 13, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    That's right I remember when a 911 terrorist was issue his legal status like half a year after 911 that's funny would you say all of those GOP against all illegal immigrants and I'm sure you want to round up all 12 million illegal immigrants and send them back to their country, maybe a NAZI style way of hunting 6 million Jews will do it.

    November 13, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    No one is talking about putting our head in the sand, nor is it ignorance of the need to secure our borders. But truthfully, the biggest issues w/ our borders are mexicans crossing illegally–no Al Qaeda. And I believe most of them are trying to find jobs–not people to kill. We're more likely to have a terrorist attack from a cell already here legally, or from a citizen who becomes a collaborator. Either way–uses such way-off-the-wall means as this video to anyway relate to our biggest border issues–is ludicrous. Even a Republican could see through it. So if it isn't informational–the graphical video must be designed to instill fear..and influence us all to run out and elect Tancredo the protector to make us safe. Give me a break!!

    November 13, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Dave N Providence RI

    Unfortunately, more terrorist acts by Islamic radicals will occur in the US because of suicidal immigration policies and restrictions on law enforcement. When that happens, all of you critics of Tancredo will be singing a different tune, that is, after you pull your heads out of the sand.

    November 13, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Joe Hash, Sacramento CA

    More politics of fear. When are the people going to tell candidates...Democrats and Republicans alike...that enough is enough? I hope it's at the polls.

    November 13, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. james bobaganoush

    FEAR FEAR FEAR! BE AFRAID! vote Tancredo :)~

    November 13, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. TR

    No more than the Moveon.Org Petraus Ad.

    November 13, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. NYC

    Never heard of this name before; Ttherefore, he's going to be another nonfactor.

    November 13, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Brian, Bronx, NY

    One of many things Tancreaten got wrong. In both England and Spain the terrorist were there legally. The most recent incident in England, the terrorist were native Brittons, protesting against the overbearing restrictions and oppression of Muslims.

    P.S. about all terrorist being Muslins; wasn't Terry McVie and Olympic Park Bomber both devote Christians and both American Citizens?

    November 13, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Sara, NJ

    so stupid! Does he think Americans are fool or what? We are sick of these lies. Lets find out the real problem THAT POLITICIANS/ACTORS DON'T WANT US TO SEE!

    November 13, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Darin, Norman, OK

    Our jobs, huh? I didn't know that millions of Americans wanted to scrub toilets and pick vegetables. If Americans were taking these jobs instead we would be paying $5 for a hed of lettuce and double the price of hotel rooms. When will Americans understand that our economy is dependent on these low-paid aliens?

    November 13, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. D, Jax

    This is just the type of fundamentalist thinking that is going to destroy our country.

    November 13, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Stan from Canada

    I wonder when I see ads and rhetoric like this why Americans haven't had a huge collective heart attack can you stand this stuff without losing it? When are the republicans going to get tired of the FUD. All it is doing is heightening an already alarming intolerance for people of other cultures, spending much needed dollars in useless 'feel good' ventures like the no-fly list. Face it folks anything can happen at anytime anywhere...that threat has always been there since the inception of the country and always will be...9/11 didn't change that. Tancredo should have his ad pulled....first becuase what the ad says needs proof...where are all the jihadists? second becuase it is tasteless in it's message and tasteless to try and rule by fear.

    November 13, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. David G, Bossier City LA

    GOP had 8 years to fix our security problems. Do you think they have anything on their minds other than making money?

    November 13, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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