November 13th, 2007
05:13 PM ET
10 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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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Andrew Cone

    Tom Tancredo has the same message as all the other Republican candidates: be very afraid of terrorists, against whom my election is the only defense.

    What's different about Tancredo is that he's more direct and honest. Rather than couching his fear-mongering in vague platitudes about homeland security, he shows us a picture of what he means.

    If we don't like it, we should question hawkish attitudes toward terrorism, not Tancredo's portrayal of them.

    November 13, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. David, Roseburg OR

    as to "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."
    the original comment was most of them did arrive here legally, meaning they entered the country legally. It was after they got here that they became illegal by not following up on the agreement for being here.

    November 13, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Jason C. Ward, Illinois

    The politicians and terrorists who both use fear as a weapon aren't worth listening to. My vote goes to a candidate who offers an enthusiastic vision of what we can do; not to the candidate who uses fear as a weapon.

    November 13, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. P J Evans, Los Angeles, CA

    The ad is *so* scary. Not.

    (The major cities aren't the places that are most worried about this kind of threat. The people who worry most are in the areas *least* likely to have foreign terrorists.)

    November 13, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Andy, DeKalb, IL

    head in the sand
    That's right, refusing to live your life in constant fear is burying your head in the sand. I pity those who let fear rule their lives.

    November 13, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Thomas, Sacramento, Ca.

    He's got a couple of things correct. Our borders are porous and our immigration policy is broken. I am more worried about the looming social, environmental and population bombs than I am of terrorists.

    November 13, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Betty W., San Francisco, California

    Mr. Tancredo is way out of line in this message. There are terrorists from any religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Lets not forget Timothy McVeigh among others. Every country has the right to protect its boarders, but taking advantage of the past tragedies conducted by Godless individuals and singling out a group of people for the political gain is just low. Especially for some one who is running for a presidency.

    November 13, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Jim, Luther Iowa

    If you weren't going to vote for Tancredo before, you're not going to after seeing that commercial.

    November 13, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Edward Mares, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

    When it happens , and it will eventually happen. All the Dems who are know in denial will say "Why didn't someone warn us? Why did the presidents office keep this vital information from us so we could at least look out for and be aware of terrorist?"

    Bet ya nickels to dollars it will happen.

    November 13, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. David B., Sterling VA

    When you have no chance to be the candidate of your party, you'll do any dumb thing.

    November 13, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Mike, Eugene, Oregon

    This is sure to win the votes of the bed wetters and the security moms, but what about actual American's? You know, those of us who still believe in and act like this is the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    November 13, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Let's see a show of hands – all those in favor of deporting Tom Tancredo say "AYE".....

    November 13, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. J Houston, TX

    Wait, I thought this ad was supposed to be comical...seriously? The solution is obviously to fight terror in it's home, not destroy civil rights at home. However, if it has a bill attached to it that looks expensive, lets all pretend the war on terror isn't worth it until another building gets destroyed.

    November 13, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Skeeve, NYC

    Those of you who are somewhat older I am sure remember this : "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!"
    To those who don't I suggest to find out what happened immediately after this phrase was first uttered in USA :))

    November 13, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Andrew Socorro NM

    "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death."
    – James F. Byrnes

    November 13, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Don - Ohio

    People that still buy into the political scare tactics and allow our freedoms be taken away are the ones we shuld send to do the fighting "over there"!! And your pretty little kids too!

    November 13, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Richard, St. Paul, Mn

    I worry far more about Illegal Aliens, i.e. Criminals, overrunning our country than I do terrorists. The Republican spin-doctor machine is just rattling the cages again and I'm so sick of their lies I could scream.

    November 13, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. char downers grove, il

    Thank you Tom Tancredo for bringing the tough issues to the forefront. Terrorism and illegal aliens are the biggest concerns for the American people.

    November 13, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Jason, Phoenix, Arizona

    That's right, give people ideas as to what to do to malls. It's that simple. And, by the way, the boogeyman is coming to get you. I will not live in fear, because there is no more of a threat to me now than anytime before. Also, I will not give up my liberties for "protection" from said boogeyman. Give it a rest people, we've all seen what has come of that boogeyman mentality.

    November 13, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Murray Jones, Deployed

    Anyone who fails to see the reality the terrorists still pose to us is either very naive or so absolutely determined not to answer the call to arms that was sounded 6 years ago. Believe what you want – maybe the bad guys won't bomb us again. Hope you're right. Keep making this a problem created by conservatives – that really keeps us safe. Idiots.

    November 13, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Andre Talbert, Vicksburg, Miss.

    Mr. Tancredo seems to be addressing issues that we as a nation need to be concerned about.
    Weather you believe it is the terriorists who are bombing our country or our own government, it is still an area we need to be aware of and defend ourselves.
    As far as his 1 to 2 percent rating, you and I both know it's nothing more than public access to the people.
    The more money in the bank, the more adds, comericals, trips to major cities etc., and your name becomes a common in the American household. His low rating does not mean he's no good, it just means he's not being supported by the governmental elite, which probably means he's not a crook!!
    Vicksburg, Mississippi

    November 13, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Vance, Lansing, MI

    Vote for this candidate,
    or the Terrorists win.
    It's just that simple.
    OK, I will vote for him;
    but just what will he do different from any other candidate about terrorists?

    November 13, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Scott, Madison, WI

    I find it completely mind-boggling that a percentage of the American public still buys into this fear-mongering crap. I believe it to be naive and unrealistic to think that there will never be another terrorist attack on our soil regardless of the perpetrators being legal or illegal, the state of our borders, or which political party is in office. Especially now that George the Dictator and his own terrorist fleet has ruined our security in the world for many, many years to come. Trust me on this one, the revenge factor has been ratcheted up thanks to all the wonderful pseudo-diplomacy (read: lies, deception, saber rattling, and premptive war tactics)practiced by this stealth administration.

    November 13, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Phil, San Jose, CA

    I love how all of these candidates circling around the anti-illegal immigration banner try to tie it to 9/11 just like the current administration tried to tie Iraq to 9/11. Fifteen of the 19 hi-jackers had visas obtained trough our "friends" in Saudi Arabia. Maybe we should talk them into having stricter requirements for obtaining visas. If you're going to talk about immigration, at least do us the courtesy of relating it to issues that actually involve illegal immigration – and national security certainly isn't one of them.

    November 13, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Sam, Austin, TX

    lol Loony toon. This tactic has been used for over a thousand years . . . "watch out for the boogyman!!!!" Now vote for me.

    There are ALWAYS going to be boogymen. It's only the sad and pathetic that use fear to get votes. Of course, it's only the sad and pathetic that vote for them.

    November 13, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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