December 20th, 2007
12:31 PM ET
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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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    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. et tu, brute?

    Yes, but then the question is now who will Tom endorse? Maybe Rudy or John?

    December 20, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. 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 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. A de Leon

    Good! He's a racist!!

    December 20, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Sam, Lincoln, NE

    So Mr. Xenophobe's dropping out...good riddance. Now if only Duncan Hunter will follow him out the door!

    I wonder what's next for Tancredo. Maybe he can be a substitute host or consultant for "Lou Dobbs Tonight".

    December 20, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Jeff, Dallas TX

    Many people didn't even know who he was...because he's hard to recognise without his white hood.

    December 20, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Lisa, San Diego, CA.

    Tancredo who?

    December 20, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Robert, Cleveland, OH

    The guy who said we should bomb Mecca. I'm gonna miss him.

    December 20, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. James Cahrlotte, NC

    Ain't this the dude who wanted to bomb Mecca or somethin? Either way, I really don't care that he's dropping out and I'm still waiting for Gravel to drop out.

    December 20, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Scy, Dallas, TX

    I thought this buffoon had already dropped out. *yawn*

    December 20, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. George, tn

    how in the world is an immigrant running for president?....send him back to where he comes from...Italy

    December 20, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Ann Memphis, TN

    Was he ever in???

    December 20, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. therealist

    So much for all those matching tax dollars.. I wonder when are other 8 wannabees are going to give up spending our money to promote themselves??

    December 20, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Doug, Norwalk, CT

    This guy is definitely a xenophobe and it's great news that he's out of the way. It is very scary though that a bigot like this can reach great heights politically in the US presently. It shows that we're still not as sophisticated as we believe we are.

    December 20, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Larry, New York, NY

    But, but, he had such a shot! He just needs to give the ole college try...I'm sure his xenophobia will catch fire...because illegal immigration is SUCH an important issue to the American people...


    Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Tom!

    December 20, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. darrin, COLUMBUS OH

    If a Tancredo falls in the primary race and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

    December 20, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Steven in Charleston, SC

    One racist down, a few million more to go......

    December 20, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Chuck, MIami

    He should have waited until after the Iowa caucus, unless it's because he thinks he can have a better impact on endorsing someone else before he goes.

    December 20, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. TMan, Chytown

    Good riddance! Who is going to drop out next? I recon Duncan Hunter is next! What are you waiting for?

    I don't think this is going to have much effect on the race, a whole 1%, 2% tops! But when Hunter leaves, that leaves another 2-3%. How is that whopping 3-4% of the vote going to be split? The "secure-our-borders, stop illegal immigrants" votes will go to Ron Paul, seeing as he is the only Republican candidate opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants, while the warhawk/chickenhawk votes are split between McCain and Mayor 9-11. Too bad it will probably only be 3% once BOTH those nuts are gone.

    At least the stage will be a little less crowded.

    December 20, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. PS, KC, MO

    How refreshing. A candidate who read the handwriting on the wall, recognizing he had no chance, did the honorable thing.
    As much as I like where Kucinich stands on the issues, I think it's time for him to do the same. Give his support to someone else.
    Then, after Iowa, whoever doesn't place in the top 4 should do the same. That should leave us with Clinton, Obama, Edwards and ? – unless Jan. 3 brings us a big surprise.
    I say top 4 because I think there's room, at least for a while, for another candidate.
    I would say the same for the Republicans. Whoever doesn't place in the top 4 in Iowa should drop out.

    December 20, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. J.W. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Another one bites the dust! one less right wing nut job to worry about. Now I wait for the rest of the republican tribe to destroy Huckabee (which they will) Mitt's not about to lose all his money to some too bit preacher from tennessee.... Love to watch them roast each other. I think this is going to end up a Mitt and Hillary match. Which I think will go to Hillary, christians are not going to vote for a mormon.

    December 20, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Fred, Peoria, Illinois

    Seam, Of course you didn't know he was running. Media doesn't cover the low tier candidates. While I dont agree with him on nearly everything. He deserves a fair chance. You probably don't know that Alan Keyes, Duncan Hunter, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel were running right??

    December 20, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Marc, Denver, CO

    Thanks God this guys not running anymore. One down more to go...

    December 20, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    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.

    Posted By Dave, Atlanta, GA : December 20, 2007 1:00 pm

    Fron the sound of things, he could DRIVE his people to the caucuses in his SUV with room to spare.

    December 20, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. rk,worcester,ma

    Bye trac, you always put me off. you don't seem real!

    December 20, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. BB,nyc,ny

    When is Hillary dropping out? just asking.....

    December 20, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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