July 29th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Tancredo to formally kickoff independent bid for Colorado governor

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo is scheduled to formally announce his bid for governor as the nominee of the American Constitution Party on Thursday.
Former Rep. Tom Tancredo is scheduled to formally announce his bid for governor as the nominee of the American Constitution Party on Thursday.

(CNN) – Former Rep. Tom Tancredo officially jumps into Colorado's gubernatorial race Thursday. The long time conservative Republican is scheduled to formally announce his bid for governor as the nominee of the American Constitution Party. An event is planned for later Thursday in Lakewood, Colorado.

Tancredo says he is launching a third party candidacy because he doesn't believe that either of the two current GOP gubernatorial candidates can beat Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the likely Democrat nominee. Tancredo called on Scott McInnis and Dan Moes, who have both been beset by scandals, to withdraw from the general election race after the August 10 primary, if polls suggest that Hickenlooper is far ahead. Both candidates say they are staying in the race.


Tancredo's campaign tells CNN that following the formal announcement, their candidate plans public speaking events and fundraisers. They say they hope to get up on Colorado radio and TV with commercials as soon as possible.

Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams says Tancredo's entry into the general election battle will benefit the Democrats. Leaders of local Tea Party groups have also urged Tancredo not to run.

Tancredo, who also made a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, is best known for his hard-line stance against illegal immigration. He came under fire earlier this year when he kicked off a Tea Party convention by proclaiming, "people who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."

Tancredo also stirred the pot earlier this month at a campaign rally for Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck, saying President Obama constitutes more of a threat to the United States than terrorist organizations.

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Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. carlos

    another teatard.......this peecrado is an IMBECILE of the first kind, PERIOD

    July 29, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. chad

    hes perfect! just like angle and paul! a cant win! go dems!

    July 29, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Monrob

    Fantastic, another clown.

    July 29, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. conservative liberal

    I think he can win it. You caaaaan do it.

    July 29, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    He is the extremest of the extreme. Best thing is that he will split the Republican vote and help the Democrat win the seat.

    Republicans and the Tea Party are the same thing. If you vote Republican this is what you will be getting:

    -Repeal of healthcare, banks being regulated again, and all consumer protections
    -Elimation of Social Security and Medicare and even programs to feed poor children in the long-standing free lunch program
    -More and longer wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and anyone else who the Republicans want to bully
    -All power to the Corporations and nothing done for the People Ex. BP will not be held liable for the Gulf disaster and taxpayers will have to fund the cleanup (Source: John Boehner, House Min Leader)
    -Np immigration reform because Republicans are only business-focused and want to let their corporate buddies continue to abuse illegal workers as cheap slave labor and cheat the govt out of the required employer taxes
    -No Clean Energy Act and no regulations on the big oil and big coal companies who kill their workers, destroy our environment, and keep new energy technology out of America
    -Renewal of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and raises in taxes on the middle class to pay for the tax cuts for the rich
    -No Jobs bill passed and no plans for job creation, the ending of unemployment benefits, more home foreclosures, and no credit and loans for growth of small businesses
    -Return to the Bush Policies that destroyed our nation already

    Republicans are trying to buy elections with unlimited corporate contributions. The votes of the PEOPLE cannot be bought. We will use the power of our vote to rid Congress of the corrupt and destructive and extremist Republicans.

    Democrats are the Partry of the People and they will continue to DELIVER solutions for the PEOPLE as they have all year. Do you want to keep having America recover or do you want to return to the disasterous Bush years? That is your choice in November.

    Vote for YOU and other hard-working Americans – vote Democratic!

    July 29, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Still eating their own! When even the Tea Party folks are opposed to his running it must say something.

    July 29, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Man, every time this guy opens his fat, racist, nutjob mouth, it's a gift ot the liberals. I love it.

    July 29, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. vic

    Most of the pundits are saying 2010 tough year for democrats
    Look what is going in republican party
    pundits believe Obama and congress live in different planet

    Pundits must do there home work

    July 29, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Hendrik

    Oh, my lord, Tancredo again? I hope he runs as an Independent or a tea bagger or something. He is a Repukeligans idiot. Tea bagger – Republicans – interachangeable.

    July 29, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Bob(Illinois)

    A certifiable nut-case crawls out of the woodwork!

    July 29, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Tancredo SAID, "President Obama constitutes more of a threat to the United States than terrorist organizations." AND also said "people who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."

    Well, Mr. Tancredo, this says it all concerning YOUR character. This is precisely why I am calling YOU and your neo-conservative-right-wing Republican-Tea Party a bigger threat than foreign terrorist organizations. You folks love to 'label', you folks think its 'cute', 'clever' and 'catchy'. You have little or nothing to offer our country other than complete corruption and scandel, in the name of that almighty God of YOURS, the US dollar. For what its worth, thats MY opinion.

    July 29, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Superhiro

    What... are there no combs in Colorado?

    July 29, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Tancreedo – Poster boy for the teabagger psycho club. Perfect.

    July 29, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Go Tom Go

    Beat those Dems; Beat those Reps.

    We gotta a winner in TT

    YES

    Please give him money now!!!!!!

    July 29, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Futon Torpedo

    That has to be the worst comb over i've ever seen.

    July 29, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. GL

    What a nut case. He is just give this seat to the Dems.

    July 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. GL

    Tancredo, who also made a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, is best known for his hard-line stance against illegal immigration. He came under fire earlier this year when he kicked off a Tea Party convention by proclaiming, "people who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."

    This is not hard line talking. It is race baiting talking.

    July 29, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. June in Chicago

    Where do these nut jobs come from? Is anyone really going to vote for this idiot? This type of person and his ridiculous comments about the President of the United States are the REAL threat to this county. Good luck with this one Colorado!

    July 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    GOP party in disguise?

    July 29, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. geecee

    Glad Tancredo is running for office. He is a nut. Maybe, when he loses, he will get the message that no one wants him in office – any office – and finally drop out of sight and out of mind. Oh, wait – he's already out of his mind!

    July 29, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. No Incumbents

    Tancredo's insanity is only surpassed by his gigantic ego, which is why he is doing everything possible to ensure a victory for Democrats.

    July 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Gil

    One more tight wing nut should prove to Americans that the crazies have taken over the republican party.

    July 29, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    what a waste of time and money because no way this guy wins ANYTHING...the shape this country is in and people complaining about the economy WHY even bother donating to a campaign that has NO chance of winning? Those funds could be given elsewhere.

    July 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |