December 20th, 2007
03:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Tancredo officially ends run, endorses Romney

Tancredo said he is endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo abandoned his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday afternoon, but claimed victory because, he said, the other GOP candidates have adopted his staunch anti-illegal immigration agenda.

“According to Newsweek, the Tancredo campaign has already won,” he said during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

After announcing his decision to drop out of the race, Tancredo endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid, saying the former Massachusetts governor’s views came closest to his own stance on illegal immigration, and that he “could go the distance” and win the presidency.

Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, is a fierce proponent of stricter illegal immigration laws, but his campaign struggled to gain traction with the Republican primary voters, despite the fact that his signature issue is a top concern among GOP primary voters this cycle.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Scott, Fairport, NY

    Tom who? 🙂

    December 20, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Marty Pacino

    Until you idiots realize no one cares about immigration you will continue to poll in the 1-2% range. How about you address an issue that actually affects Americans. Like gas at $3 a gallon. People can barley afford to go to work. How about we talk about property taxes being so high that senior citizens and families on low wages are being forced out of homes? How about we ask why I am taxed on my paycheck and then I take my taxed dollars and get retaxed when I spend them? Lets talk about the dollar losing so much value that a pound of chesse is $5 a pound. But I guess this doesn't matter to millionaires. How about you facing the real issues we care about and you might dip out of the 1-2% range. You are a worthless bum and you are so far out of touch with America that you endorsed Romney. Good job hopefully your 1% will go his way so that he gets into the high teens while Huckabee hits around 40%.

    December 20, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Romney2008

    Seems like a nice enough guy, but he was definitely not presidential material. If his base throws their support behind Mitt based on his endorsement, Mitt will now be in the lead for the national polls (since in the last poll Rudy and Mitt were tied as the frontrunner).

    December 20, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. K. Michaels, Germantown, MD

    I'm shocked that Tancredo, who was essentially a one-issue candidate, would throw his support to a governor who tolerated "sanctuary cities" and was pro-amnesty (before he wasn't) in the recent "comprehensive immigration reform" debates.

    If Tancredo was serious about his pet issue, he would have supported his closest ideological competitor Hunter, or the closest viable candidate Thompson.

    He has embarrassed himself and his former supporters with this massive faux pas.

    December 20, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. HK, Grand Canyon, AZ

    But who will be the Klan's candidate?
    (Huck, I suppose)

    December 20, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. AC


    December 20, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Obama 08, St. Louis

    Tom who?

    December 20, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. David, Chicago, IL

    One crazy endorses another.

    December 20, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. G, Margate, FL

    nah nah nah, nah nah nah hey hey hey good bye.
    1 down 7 more to go

    December 20, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Eli, NY

    I guess that means all of Tancredo's supporters will now flock to Romney...all 10 of them.

    December 20, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Tancredo did the right thing by dropping out. Although he did not have a lot of support for his candidacy, his endorsement will be a boost for Romney among GOP voters who feel strongly about illegal immigration.

    December 20, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Repubs are stupid

    Should have kept on running. Doesn't he know that as long as you are campaigning, you get to keep all the money you raise if you don't succeed. Hell, I'd kept campainging and raking in the dough for as long as I could.

    December 20, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Hopefully, Tancredo's endorsement of Romney will torpedo Mitt's campaign.....

    December 20, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Chuck, Miami, FL

    Tancredo drops out of the race 2 weeks before the primaries then he endorses Mitt Romney. How convenient!!! Gotta give Romney credit. When you're desperate take what you can get.

    December 20, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    Wow, I am surprised!

    Steve King endorsed Fred over Tom, so why does Tom endorse Mitt?

    How will this hurt Romney?

    December 20, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Santosh-Phila

    In the short-term it may give Romney a boost with a certain niche of the party but in the long-term it makes it that much more apparent that he's not very electable in a general election campaign, as any association with Tancredo paints that "scary" Republican image. I think GOP voters determined to defeat Sen. Clinton will be even more wary about nominating Romney.

    I'm surprised that the Club for Growth hasn't had anything to say about the guest-worker program issue, considering that you'd think they should support it (business-friendly), which means that it should boost their feelings for McCain & Huckabee and count against Romney and Thompson.

    December 20, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    WOW! Way to go Gov. Romney. This is indeed one great endoresement. Tancredo for VP perhaps?

    December 20, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Brian, Highland Park, NJ


    Scariest Man in Life Exits.

    What a shame! We're all going to miss his bigotry and intolerance – not to mention, his campaign ads which took a page out of the Nazi playbook.

    Good riddance!

    December 20, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Dan, Denver, CO

    Good riddance. We can't have a president whose sole purpose is to harm a segment of society. His candidacy was a joke all along. He gave up his house seat too! Christmas has come early this year.

    December 20, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Juan, Easton PA

    You would never, ever become president of this great country Tancredo, a bigot like yourself does not deserve to hold public office, I hope you do not get reelected to congress. Your buddy Romney is going to loose too. Mike Huckabee all the way!

    December 20, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Spencer, Utah

    Tancredo bid hurts Romney, in my view.

    December 20, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    Vote Tancredo – Before It's Too Late!

    Whoops! It's... uh.... too late.

    December 20, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Karen Houston TX

    Glad to hear he is endorsing a good man!

    December 20, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. William J Murray, Washington, DC

    Romney thinks like Tancredo? Not on judges!

    Even before controlling the Senate a battle was waged by Democrats to slow down or stop the confirmation of Circuit Court and District judges appointed by President George W. Bush. Since taking control in 2007, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Reid has brought the judicial confirmation process to almost a full stop. In 2007 only six Circuit Court judges were confirmed. Reid, who is a Mormon, has oddly set up religious tests for the judges. Judicial appointees from the south, particularly Baptists and Catholics from anywhere who have publicly spoken of their faith have been obstructed by Reid and his allies. The core issue for Reid and the Democrats is abortion and their own allegiance to the abortion industry.

    Judicial confirmations have come to a virtual stop as Democrats who control the Senate await the arrival of a socially liberal President in 2009 who would appoint judges who are pro-abortion to vacancies in District and Circuit Court levels. There is a strong belief among liberal Senators that even if Hillary Clinton did not win the White House that another pro-abortionist, Rudy Giuliani, would. Even Mitt Romney, who as governor appointed mostly social liberal judges, would offer acceptable judicial appointments to the Senate Democrat leadership.

    Then came Huckabee.

    To the horror of Senator Harry Reid and the liberal establishment Governor Mike Huckabee has risen to the top of the Republican field and has favorable ratings among all voters that exceed those of Senator Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. He also has an impeccable record as a three term governor of appointing socially conservative judges who stick to the Constitution, not international law. He has stood by and fought for Bush’s conservative judicial nominees from Arkansas including Leon Holmes whom Democrat Senators blocked for years.

    Mike Huckabee has been unwavering in his pro-life stance, unlike the other top GOP contenders, including Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Huckabee understands that abortion is the defining social policy issue in America today while the rest of the GOP field does not. While it took 30 years in the Republican Party for Mitt Romney to discover that an unborn child is a human being, Mike Huckabee has always had that understanding.

    Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will appoint liberal judges who will pay no attention to the Constitution as they move to change America to their liberal internationalist view. Clinton or Obama appointees would no doubt forbid us from mentioning the name of Christ in public as can be seen by their outrage that Mike Huckabee would mention His name in a TV ad for Christmas. States would be forced to accept gay marriage and homeschooling would be found unlawful nationally as a judge has already done in Utah. Courts would probably force religious schools to hire homosexual gym teachers, teach evolution as fact and pass out condoms. Those same kinds of judges could be appointed by a socially liberal Republican president.

    The next president of the United States will turn the Supreme Court either to the far left or maintain it as an institution that upholds the Constitution and individual liberty. The same holds true for important Circuit Court vacancies. The only logical choice for social conservative voters in the Republican Party is a candidate with a proven record of appointing and fighting for judges who are strict Constitutional constructionists. For now, the only viable candidate who meets those criteria is Governor Mike Huckabee.

    William J. Murray, Chairman
    Religious Freedom Coalition

    December 20, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    One bigot down

    December 20, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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