October 16th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Tancredo first in New Hampshire (to register for ballot)

Tom Tancredo became the first GOP candidate to register for the New Hampshire Primary ballot Tuesday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Tom Tancredo Tuesday became the first major presidential candidate to get his name on the primary ballot in New Hampshire. The Republican congressman from Colorado visited the capitol of the Granite State, signed forms, and handed over a check for $1000 to secure a spot on the primary ballot.

Tancredo is low in all the national and state polls. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans puts him at one percent. The long shot candidate acknowledged his chances earlier today, saying, “I know the odds are long.” But Tancredo also said that “anything can happen in sports and in politics, and it takes a lot of heart, guts, and commitment.” He says his campaign has plenty of all of those attributes.

The candidate, who spoke in front of about two dozen supporters and journalists, discussed his signature issue, illegal immigration.

Tancredo said the fate of the country is at stake because of what he calls “the battle we are in against radical Islam,” as well as “the attack on our culture because of massive illegal immigration.”

Tancredo hopes his stance against giving illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship — what he and many others call amnesty — will help him build support among Republican voters.

Tancredo said that “prior administrations have been AWOL on this issue,” and that he’s going to keep “the other candidates honest on the issues.”

New Hampshire traditionally has held the nation’s first primary, and is the second state to hold an official delegate-selection contest, following the Iowa caucuses.

As a result of the move by states such as Michigan and Florida to push their contests into January, New Hampshire is expected to move up its date from January 22.

CNN spoke with the man who will make the decision on when New Hampshire holds its primary, Secretary of State Bill Gardner. But Gardner told CNN that no decision has been made at this time.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: New Hampshire • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    BOO! Thank the Almighty God he isn't in the top tier!

    October 16, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Jim Bremer

    If Tancredo can nuke Mecca and Madina then he's onto something....

    October 16, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Tancredo would deport his own parents if it would get him elected. There are two kinds of politicians, those that lie to your face and say anything to get elected (eg. Romney) and those that have very twisted plans to remake the country in their own image (eg. Hitler or Tancredo take your pick.) Both types are equally scary and to be avoided at all costs!

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 16, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Peter, Wausau, WI

    From the story:
    Tancredo said the fate of the country is at stake because of what he calls “the battle we are in against radical Islam.”

    GASP!!! All that the jihadist minority in islam has done is to attack innocent Americans on September 11th 2001, and Tom Tancredo is calling it a BATTLE?!? That's beyond mean, that's... politically incorrect!
    *sarcasm ends*

    I'm sure Rep. Tancredo is going to get a lot of flak from the liberals about this, but seriously, our soldiers in Iraq are dealing with the members of a (thankfully small) portion of islam that advocates suicide bombings, and an American ally in the Middle-East (Israel) has been receiving threats of annihilation from Iran's president. We need to recognize the threats to our country and our world, and work with other countries (including NON-radical muslim countries) in order to face those threats as well as possible, even if this means being politically incorrect from time to time.

    October 16, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. James in the Northeast

    I am SO happy to see this on CNN! Tom is the best candidate and he NEEDS to win the nomination!!!

    October 17, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  6. Caree Ames, Iowa

    Congratulations, Tom. I'm behind you all the way, sir. You are the real deal and I'm honored to know you. This is a monumental time for you and your family. I am so proud of you!
    Your army is behind you.
    We love you and support you.
    This is our culture, fight for it!
    This is our flag, pick it up!
    This is our country, take it back!
    It takes a TANC to secure our borders and to lead our country.
    God Bless Tom Tancredo!

    October 17, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  7. John, Clearwater, FL

    Tom Tancredo is an America First candidate and that is what this nation needs at this time.

    We need this in Trade, we need this in our Military and we need this in our culture.

    According to a Congressional Report illegal aliens are responsible for the death of over 9,000 Americans a year and thousands of child molestations and rapes. For the benefit of all AMERICANS I want a President who will secure the border and deport the illegal alien criminals.

    Tancredo for a Safe & Secure America

    October 17, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Thomas, Marcus, Iowa

    It's important to support Tom Tancredo to be our next leader. The TANC will see that America and ITS citizens are protected. He'll fight to secure our borders and stop illegal aliens from being services that they don't deserve to have. So, you should support OUR TANC and remember, "This Is Your Country, Take It Back!"


    October 17, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. K. Schweiker

    Lots of animosity in quite a few of these comments,which makes me realize that some of the posters here truly aren't aware of what Tom Tancredo represents. People who have to bash and slander are uniformed about the true character of a candidate,especially one of Tom's standing. Tom is not remaking any image that wasn't the original intent of the founders of this country. Study your history, and we are in a war of radical islam, and it is already on our shores. When Ramadan is given recognition by the House of Representatives, and traditional American holidays are downgraded, there are some real mounting problems on the horizon. It is suggested that you hostile posters do your homework on the candidates. http://www.ontheissues.org/Tom_Tancredo.htm

    October 17, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Deb Miller, Muscatine, IA

    I am so happy that we have a politician who will actually stand up for what is right. Illegal immigration is first and foremost ILLEGAL!!! When 95% of the arrest warrant for murder in sanctuary city Los Angeles are for ILLEGALS, it is time for America to wake up. When more than 84 hospitals have been closed in California because of the demand of ILLEGALS. It is time for America to fight back. When ILLEGALS march our streets, carrying flags from other countries, demanding their rights, it is time to take back our country. When the President of Mexico states "where ever there is a Mexican, that's where Mexico is" and that borders don't exist and the President of the US is silent, it is time to elect a President who will ENFORCE THE LAWS!!!

    You go Tanc. Iowa supports you!

    Deb from Iowa

    October 17, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Tom Moore Olney, Texas

    Congratulation to Tom Tancredo for being the first to get his name on the ballot in New Hampshire.

    Congressman Tancredo is a man of integrity and character. It will be an honor to call him President.

    October 17, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Jeff, Charlotte NC

    What a unique elected official..He fights for enforcement of our immigration laws,is pro American,calls our enemy by their names Islamo Fascist, and has a record to back up his limited government ,low taxes beliefs.God Bless Tancredo!

    October 17, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Dan, IL

    Hey everyone, I am so happy to see all the TANC Supporters reading CNN. I agree with all the positive comments mentioned above about Tom. Tom has won my vote in so many ways and I love that he is one candidate who wants to save the American culture. He truly cares for the American people and I hope all the negative posters read up about him and see what an amazing man Tom Tancredo is. God Bless America!

    This is our culture, fight for it.
    This is our flag, pick it up.
    This is our country, take it back.
    -Tom Tancredo

    October 17, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. msbobbie, Poteau, Oklahoma

    Tom Tancredo came to the U.S.Congress from the Colorado House of Representatives because the Federal Government was not enforcing Immigration laws. Colorado was the first non-border state to be hit hard by illegal immigration and all of the ills that come with it: depressed wages, collapsing social systems, over crowded schools, increased crime and filled to capacity jails and prisons to name a few.

    That was before CAFTA and SPP. Two and a half years ago he visited Oklahoma and said "If this congress does not do something about the illegal immigration problems we have in this country, I will run for President in '08.

    The House of Representatives has achieved much success on this issue under Tom's leadership of the immigration caucus, but everything dies in the Senate where those bloated boys and girls have to have a 60% vote to do anything.

    If you people in the NE have not heard about the NAFTA Superhighway and the North American Union, I suggest you do some homework before you go to the polls. We in Oklahoma are very concerned about a quarter mile wide highway cutting through the heart of our State and I see Tom Tancredo as the only candidate on the campaign trail from either party who can stop it. People in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and points north into Canada should be looking into that also.

    Tom Tancredo is the only candidate that has come out publicly (at the Lincoln Dinner in Iowa over the summer) and said, "If elected President, I will kill this idea of a North American Union in it's infancy."

    All of the media selected top tier candidates are members of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations is behind the North American Union, and a plan to have that in place by the year 2010. IMO anyone who votes for any of them will be voting to disolve our borders, shred our Constitution and Bill of Rights. November '08 could well be the last Presidential Election we will have, and Tom Tancredo is the only candidate dedicated to protecting America.

    To be paranoid means to believe in delusions of danger and persecution. If the danger is real, and the evidence credible, then it cannot be delusional. To ignore the evidence, and hope that it CANNOT be true, is more an evidence of mental illness.


    October 17, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Washington family Phoenix, Arizona

    THIRTY EIGHT MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are NOW living within our borders! That is thirty-eight million reasons why we support Tom Tancredo for President!

    October 18, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Tanc4Babies, USA

    I was pleased to see this post! It is a beautiful picture of Tom as he is. He looks so natural and so "presidential" everywhere he goes.

    It is evident Tancredo has enough of guts to be a U.S. President because he acts this way, talks this way and even looks this way! :-))) Tom – is all we need!

    Go Tom! We will be there for you!

    October 20, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  17. Bobbie McAuliffe Poteau, Oklahoma

    No wonder the Main Stream Media treats him like a stepchild at a family reunion. He is against everything the CFR controlled Main Stream Media is against. National Sovereignty. Imagine that!

    IN MORTAL DANGER should be required reading for everyone who calls themself a patriot.

    October 22, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |