November 13th, 2007
08:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Tancredo's unnerving new ad

Rep. Tancredo has released a new ad that links his fight against illegal immigration with the war on terror.

(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.

Related: Candidate defends ad portraying terrorist attack

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    The politics of fear. How dumb does this dweeb think we are?

    November 13, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Joel, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    "Vote for Tancredo or DIE!"

    November 13, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Scott Brown Palm Bay, Fl

    Will this ad get him elected? No-but you will never see Hillary show this kind of concern for the American people or even addresss the reality that this ad depicts. If Hillary is elected the fight on terrorism will be no longer and it will be treated as a crime after the fact just like her husband did. Whether you like him or not George Bush has protected the American people. I'm not willing to take the chance that it was just luck or the threat doesn't exist. Vote republican. Making nice is not a plan to protect America.

    November 13, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY

    If there is anything more pathetic and disgusting than Tancredo's bizarre spew, it's Brian Todd's odd "admission" at the end of the segment that (*ahem* serious CNN newscaster voice now) "this commercial may help him grab more recognition."

    More recognition? How can Mr. Todd say that with a straight face? Maybe more recognition as a total psychopath.

    Seriously. His campaign slogan is:

    TANCREDO: before it's too late.

    Horrendous. Even if it WAS too late this extremist freak would be the LAST person I'd want in charge. I shudder to think. He is clearly trying to use terrorism to win votes from some poor ill-informed rural GOP voters and that is just shameful. As someone who saw the twin towers fall with my own eyes, I find it beyond reprehensible and stomach-turningly grotesque.

    November 13, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    How many times is this story going to be run in one day? Does CNN have a secret agenda?

    November 13, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Tricia Charlottetown PEI

    Dear Ms. Buchanan:

    The FBI Memo stating they received "a tip" re: Al Qaeda terrorists planning attacks on Shopping Malls is an investigative bureau's report to enlighten citizens for their protection and safety.

    Tancredo's Television Ad is a Campaign Ploy to win votes using Fear Mongering Tactics. A huge difference.

    The FBI is concerned about citizens' awareness and safety. They issued a statement. Tancredo's only concern is votes and his poll margins. He televised an in your face Ad which has nothing to do with confirmation and everything to do with sensalization.

    November 14, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  7. B. MD

    I have been observing all the candidates for sometime now, and it has become quite that Obama stands out from the democratic candidates. All the attacks directed at him are based about trifts. I can only wish him the best, and I know the educated voter will see this.

    November 14, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  8. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    This is a typical Republican ad on all levels.

    Fear: Yes, all those Mexicans are going to blow up the country. We've had years of fear politics: Fool me one, shame on you: fool me twice: shame on me.

    Lie: The 911 terrorists were all in the country on legal visas. They did not come across the borders.

    Hypocrisy: Talking about all "God's children" meaning white, American protestants. The rest of the children he is willing to toss into the darkness.

    This is the ad of a desperate, seriously ill man.

    November 14, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. OlatheOstridge

    No, no. I can't look.

    November 14, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Dan, Illinois

    At least there is one candidate who is not afraid to speak the truth. Tom Tancredo is the best candidate out there for President. He actually cares about the American people. Please learn more about him at GO TOM GO!!

    November 14, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Claudette, Tyler TX

    Was this fear-inducing yahoo in office in Colorado when the Columbine school shootings happened?

    Seems he'd be a little less interested in a, as of yet, fictional backpack bomber at a mall and more interested in the TRUTH that kids are carrying guns to school in backpacks and addressing THAT issue would be in the forefront.

    November 14, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Former US Army Officer, Kansas

    I truely doubt if Tom Tancredo would recognize truth if it hit him in the butt.

    Fear mongoring of this type helps the aims and goals of terror organizations.

    Illegals while being illegals do not equal terrorist. The attackers on 9-11 entered this nation legally. Then they committed a crimminal act against the people of the United States. And for their actions initially the wrath of America came down upon them, then we were side tracked.

    Do not permit fanatics like Tancredo have the stage, they do nothing for the nation, or the people, they are interested in only one thing, that being themselves.

    November 14, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Dave, New York, NY

    There used to be a bunch of comments on here that noted the 9/11 hijackers were all in the country on legal visas – and for all the people who like to point fingers at President Clinton: he may not be your favorite person, but the truth is there were *way* less terror attacks under his watch than under President Bush's. ... and let's not forget the ultimate problem: 9/11 happened under Bush's watch.. and they even knew the hijackers were in the country plotting at the time....still feel safe with a republican in charge?

    November 14, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. mark wilkes barre pa

    I posted a comment here this morning contrary to what is being said here and the cnn monitor droped me again it was written at approx 4:30 am this morning and promptly sent. there is only 13 comments here . how hard could it be to include my comment cnn,,, Please REPLY by comment or e-mail. why it is that you only accept hateful, vicious, and bias comments. those of us who calmly try and express our views here respectfuly never get posted or are posted way down at the bottom long after those who read through are sick and or tired of reading any more ??????

    November 14, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Nat, Brooklyn, NYC

    Would you feel safer if people who are here illegally will rape you, kill while driving drunk, trying to sell you drugs or just burglarize your home, because they need money to sent home and it is not enough jobs in New York City? I know that, because I see every day groups of man on my sidewalk waiting for someone to give them any job. Yes, we have to start from the borders. The country invaded by the people we don't know what able to do in case to earn money. Tom Tancredo is just one of all candidates who represents the American people, not big businesses, and he is talking about saving America we knew.

    November 15, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Milt Smith, WPB, FL

    Tancredo is right!! I just sent him a $25 donation!!

    November 15, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |