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.
- CNN Political Director Sam Feist
(CNN) - It's not just the Republican frontrunners who are attacking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado steals a page from some of his GOP rivals at the top of the polls by taking on the senator from New York in his YouTube campaign-style video. It's an interesting tactic for a candidate at the back of the pack. Of course, it is about Tancredo's pet issue of illegal immigration.
–CNN Producer Ted Metzger
The word "Tancredo" is now a verb.
(CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, said he delighted in hearing the other candidates argue over his pet issue: battling illegal immigration.
"This has been wonderful," Tancredo said. "... For a guy who usually just stands on the bookend here on the side and just listens all the time, that's kind of frustrating - you know, in other debates."
"I have to tell you, so far it's been wonderful, because all I've heard so far is people trying to out-Tancredo Tancredo. It is great! I am so happy to hear it," he said.
- CNN writer Jim Kavanagh
Tancredo gets a $400 hair cut for charity.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo paid 400 dollars for a haircut Friday .
At a Granite State hair salon, the Colorado congressman cut and coiffed his hair to promote the charity efforts of local business owner, David Holden.
Holden, whose 12- year old son Costica has autism, devised the idea after hearing about former Sen. John Edwards' pricey dos. Hoping to poke fun and advance a charitable cause, Holden has asked all presidential candidates to consider a cut.
So far only Tancredo and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have shed their gray locks for charity. Holden told reporters that a Democrat is also on this schedule. Tancredo's hair cut fee will be donated to the Autism Society of America.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
(CNN) - In this report, Correspondent Brian Todd places Rep. Tom Tancredo's, R-Colorado, new political ad in historical context with similar political ads and also takes a look at what the ad may do for Tancredo presidential campaign.
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"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."
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Tancredo's new ad depicts a terrorist attack on an American mall.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo's new television ad depicting a terrorist attack on an American mall is raising eyebrows Tuesday, but the Colorado Republican's campaign says it doesn't cross the line.
"There's nothing over the top about this," Bay Buchanan, Tancredo's campaign manager told CNN. "It's quite accurate."
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 what they have in London, Spain, and Russia."
Buchanan brushed aside critics who say the ad is playing the "fear card" and cited a recent FBI memo that said officials had received a tip Al Qaeda terrorists may be planning attacks on shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago during the upcoming holiday season. The FBI also said there is no indication the tip is credible.
"That's a common response of individuals who don't like your message," she said of those who have said the ad is designed to instill fear. "But the key is this: Is there a concern that this could happen to us at anytime? It has to be the case, the FBI just confirmed it."
Tancredo has decided not to run for a sixth Congressional term.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo plans to retire from the House at the end of his term but will continue with his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, his office said Monday.
The story was first reported by the Rocky Mountain News, which said the 61-year-old Coloradan informed his staff Sunday night in a letter in which he said he feels he has accomplished what he had hoped to accomplish by raising immigration as an issue.
He added that he wants to spend time with his five grandchildren.
Tancredo, who was elected to Congress in 1998, was campaigning Monday in Iowa.
Tancredo sought to make a risky bet with rival Mitt Romney.
Before the start of the World Series Wednesday night, the Colorado Congressman issued a challenge to the former Massachusetts governor: whichever candidate's home-team wins the series gets to stay in the presidential race - the other has to drop out.
“Governor Romney, I propose we make a bet on the World Series.” Tancredo said in an issued statement. “I will agree to drop out of the race if the Red Sox win on the condition that you will agree to drop out if the Rockies win.”
This is the second such life-or-death bet Trancredo has attempted to make with Romney. Last week the Colorado Republican challenged Romney to a trap-shooting contest in New Hampshire on the condition the loser abandons his presidential bid.
Tancredo spokesman Alan Moore told CNN he never heard a response from the Romney campaign on the baseball bet. Asked if Tancredo was actually prepared to exit the race if his baseball team lost, Moore said, "I guess we'll never know."
Reacting to the proposal, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said, "Governor Romney got in the race for the Republican nomination to win."
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Huckabee makes it official.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) –- In the state that plans to hold the nation's first presidential primary, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is now official.
On Thursday, the 2008 candidate from Hope, Arkansas, became the second mainstream presidential hopeful to file for a spot on the New Hampshire primary ballot. Representative Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, filed on Tuesday.
Surrounded by supporters and cameras, Huckabee made his way to the second floor of the New Hampshire statehouse, before entering the secretary of state’s office.
There, he continued in the tradition of past candidates, and sat before the historic primary desk, the only piece of furniture that remains from New Hampshire’s original statehouse. After signing Huckabee said playfully, “I think we should retire this desk after today.”
Along with his signature, Huckabee handed state officials a $1,000 filing fee and
signed on his application, “Thanks for being first in the nation and giving America hope.”
Following the ceremony, Huckabee made his way to his Concord campaign office
to celebrate with his staff and supporters.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla