December 20th, 2007
12:31 PM ET
11 years ago

Tancredo to abandon White House bid

Tancredo will drop out of the presidential race Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo is set to abandon his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday afternoon, a source close to the Colorado Republican tells CNN.

The announcement is expected to come at a 3 p.m. ET press conference in Iowa.

Tancredo is a fierce proponent of stricter illegal immigration laws, but his campaign struggled to gain traction with the Republican base. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Wednesday night showed the congressman registered less than 1 percent support nationally, and a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll in Iowa Thursday put Tancredo at only 3 percent.

Earlier this week, Iowa Rep. Steve King, a friend of Tancredo's who shares his tough stance on immigration, announced he was backing former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson instead.

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- CNN Political Director Sam Feist

Filed under: Iowa • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. joe holland, michigan

    About time for this ignorant and xenophobic candiddte to withdrawal

    December 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Doug, New York, NY

    I am glad this jerk is dropping out. He finally realizes that America will not elect a prejudice and ignorant person like him. I couldn't believe he declined to particpate in the Univision debates. Even the other Republican candidates are smart enough to see that the Hispanic vote is an important one in these upcoming elections. Now he can go back and hang out with his minute men buddies. I pray he is never elected to office again.

    December 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Peter, Louisville, Kentucky

    He won't be missed.. Another one bites the dust

    December 20, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Bob O. Wilmington, DE

    Hail a cab! Fred Thompson is next!!

    December 20, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Capt. Obvious, Ames, Iowa

    Good riddance – talk about your one-trick pony.

    December 20, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. james, newport, KY

    Tom who? Well, that's 1% more for Ron Paul. Paul looks to be in a solid third place now in the early voting states.
    Duncan Hines, you're next to go!

    December 20, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Gipper, St. Ann, MO

    Well now the Republicans don't stand a chance, Tancredo is out. Surprised he fought it this long. At least he was allowed to debate, unlike Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.

    December 20, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. kevin

    *crickets chirping*...there goes a sage brush.

    Anyone know the price of tea in China?

    December 20, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    Please say it ain't so!!!

    December 20, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    Why drop out now? He might as well wait till after Iowa. Unless he just can't afford to get his people to the caucuses.

    December 20, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Chris Kennedy, New York City, New York

    Oh, what a shame. He had such a good shot at getting the nomination...

    December 20, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. MC- Atlanta,GA

    Good Riddance.

    December 20, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Jonathan, Tacoma, WA

    I'm sad about this, because Tancredo was my #2 choice. Perhaps if we wasn't pro-war, he would have caught on.

    December 20, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. denver,co

    Its about time.This guy is looser and bigot.He needs to go back home and rethink his way of leadership.

    December 20, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. AJ, IL

    It is about time. Finally Tancredo got the message through his thick head. Even the Republican party didn't deem you necessary to lead the pary. Now we need Mike Gravel, Alan Keyes, Kucinich and others to follow lead.

    December 20, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Anne E., SLC

    Here's your hat, what's your hurry?

    December 20, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    Good Riddance, Mr. Xenophobe!

    December 20, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Wow – this should really shake things up. Now lets play nice when we divide up that 1% among those who are left.

    December 20, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Seam, Philly PA

    I didn't even know this guy was running. Tancredo who?

    December 20, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Tancredo was running for president? Why, and who cares, and who did he think was going to vote for him?

    December 20, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am surprised he waited this long. He should have known his time was up when he said during a debate that "Tancredo was being out `Tancredoed'" by other candidates. He was focused too much on just one issue.

    December 20, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Dave, NY, NY

    This was a wasted effort to highlight the immigration issue since the majority of Americans currently think that our border should be secure and the immigration process improved. All this did was take away floor time for the candidates who had any significant support.

    December 20, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Kate, Aurora CO

    Its ironic. The man who wants to enforce our immigration laws gets knocked down by those who ignore the laws all together. Am I mistaken or is one of the responsiblities, and quite possibly one of the most important responsibilities, of our elected officials is to uphold our laws? They cannot pick and choose which laws they are going to uphold. I admire Tancredo for saying what millions of us believe and that is there should be no rewards (amnesty) for those who have nothing but contempt for our laws. Our local economies are suffering under the high costs of illegal immigration and I hope the candidate chosen realizes that.

    December 20, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. JZJ Tampa FL

    Was he a legal or illegal presidential candidate? I think we better check his papers on his way out the door.

    December 20, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Nathaniel Mounce, Somerset, kY

    I was afraid I'd see this. 😦 I really liked Tancredo too.

    December 20, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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