November 17th, 2007
01:09 PM ET
15 years ago

Tancredo's $400 haircut

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

Filed under: CNN • New Hampshire • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    WOW SO he paid $400 for a haircut. He paid for a service he needed anyway to support a good cause. Cheers Tancredo

    I paid close to $300 last year to provide food and toy boxes to
    disadvantaged families at just at Christmas.

    I received no service nor wanted any.
    I choose to give purely because I care. I didn't even ask for a Tax Receipt!

    These politicians looking for gratitude for their humanitarian deeds whilst receiving needed services are laughable! I bet 80% of the middle and lower class wage earners could top Tancredo's generosity any day of the week! And not just to get their name in the media! This behaviour is way below leadership standards and quite frankly sickening.

    November 16, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |

    It's not a $400 haircut, it's a $400 photo-op! I'm wondering if he left a tip?

    November 16, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. alan St Louis MO


    Whats does a $400 hair cut have over a 20$ hair cut from Style& cuts.

    What the clippers are made from gold??

    There hair cuts look no different then the average 20 dollar hair cut from the mall.

    Well it keeps the middle class barbers strong.

    Well it your money spend as you please.

    I just hope you dont spend tax money like that if elected. If you do it wont matter any way. The republicans are spending trillions on their pork barrel projects called Iraq Iran war.

    November 17, 2007 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  4. mark wilkes barre pa

    I wouldn't call that a haircut,, It's more like a 400 dollar rap around comb over

    November 17, 2007 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  5. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Those with their "$400 haircuts" would be better off spending their time articulating their positions ... but I guess that's why they are third tier candidates ...

    Are they also going to spend $700 on pre-debate make-up like Mitt – you know, some are voting for him because "he looks Presidential."

    November 17, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  6. McCain-in-4, Clarksburg, MD

    This is getting downright ridiculous. How about commenting on the cost of all the toiletry items each candidate uses? Cost of Musk or Perfume? Boxers or Briefs? Madame Candidate in a burlap sack or Sacs Fifth Avenue?

    In the old days, it was consider quite rude to comment on the COST of such items, and instead comment how pleasing or hideous a person looked and behaved.

    CNN, please stop commenting on such aspects and return back to the basics of reporting how a candidate THINKS and BEHAVES.

    November 17, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. Hector sanchez , mexico city USA

    he pays $400 for a haircut because his barber has lost most of his business to illegal aliens and needs the money.
    BRAVO Tancredo

    November 17, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Tancredo's expensive haircut was a nice gesture. It got him a pic on CNN and it does draw some attention to child health.

    1 in 166 children is autistic
    1 in 104 boys in autistic
    67 children are diagnosed daily
    More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.

    Children in poverty 17.1% (2005)
    Children ages 6–17 overweight 18%
    Children ages 0–17 asthma 9%
    Children with nutrition problems 17%
    Children unvaccinated 19%

    Children living in counties in which levels of one or more air pollutants rose above allowable levels 46% (2004) 60% (2005)

    Households with children ages 0–17 reporting shelter cost burden, crowding, and/or physically inadequate housing 37% (2003) 40% (2005)

    Students who reported smoking daily in the previous 30 days
    8th-graders 4.0% (2005)
    10th-graders 7.5% (2005)
    12th-graders 14% (2005)

    Students who reported having five or more alcoholic beverages in a row in the last 2 weeks
    8th-graders 10.5% (2005)
    10th-graders 21% (2005)
    12th-graders 27% (2005)

    Students who reported using illicit drugs in the previous 30 days
    8th-graders 9% (2005)
    10th-graders 17.3% (2005)
    12th-graders 23% (2005)

    If this is not a political issue, I don't know what is.

    November 17, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Tom, Texas, USA

    Girl Edwards actually paid a total of $1600 for a haircut ($1200 to fly his hairdresser to Edwards' location and $400 for the cut).

    November 17, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Joshua, Albany, New York

    At least this 400 dollars went somewhere other then the barbers pocket like Edwards. Surprised CNN would run such a nice piece on a GOP candidate.

    November 17, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Mike, Davenport, Iowa

    Still going after the $400 haircut, GOP? After you rubber stamped how many hundreds of billions?

    November 17, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Jeff Greer, Gurley, AL

    Did this $400.00 come from his pocket or contributor’s/tax-payer pocket’s? Seems it is easy to spend other's money for a "good" cause for one's gain.

    November 17, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Matt Lee, Edmonton, AB

    If tommy boy is a "Good ol Christian Boy", it doesn't sound like he is giving like it's written in the bible, but then again, are any of these (dems included) elitists?

    November 17, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. John, Phoenix, AZ

    Instead of grandstanding and playing with the press for a photo op, Tancredo should just simply talk to the American public about autism if he's so concerned about the issue. But last I checked, Tommy's used every opportunity he's had to talk to the American public only to warn us all on the dangers of illegal immigrants and little else.

    November 17, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. cary, charleston, sc

    Tom WHO?

    November 17, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Scott

    When I read the headlines I had to look – I said to myseld I sure hope it wasn't Rudy

    November 17, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Hap DiBenevento

    Are you people capable of comprehending above a 1st grade level? It was for CHARITY!!!! Most of you need to chill and consider someone more important than yourself. I might not agree with his politics but I won't critique his donation.

    November 17, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    Why are the freaking Canooks even commenting here? What does this have to do with them? If they want to make a statement, make a statement that has PERTINENCE and not some dumb criticism.

    What do urine samples and Canadian beer have in common?
    The taste.

    November 17, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Look at the "sour grapes" posts by so many scrooges (aka Democrats ?) above my post ! Its a poke a John Edwards, all in good humor, and for an exceedingly good cause, where the barber's own son is autistic.

    As Winston Churchill said: “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.” Regardless of age, How about a sense of humor folks ? or is it "bah humbug ?

    November 17, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Mr. Maxwell Queens NY

    Shop owner Holden is just promoting his own business and Huckabee is promoting himself and CNN is helping both.

    I came across a truly amazing business that sells fantastic vintage items and clothing. It should received the same type of promotion via CNN.

    November 17, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Daniel, NY

    Say what you will of Edwards, he is still running very strong in Iowa. Three new caucus polls released yesterday have him in a complete toss up with Hillary and Obama. Link to polls.

    November 17, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Tom, Chapin, SC

    Just like your news reporting, you filter the comments of your readers so that only those YOU approve of get published. Another technique to manage the news rather than report it. You guys are pathetic.

    November 17, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Tom, Chapin, SC

    CNN should be ashamed of the headline attached to this story. Though technically true, it is intentionally misleading. The headline suggests a GOP presidential candidate actually paying the outrageous sum of $400 for a haircut along the lines of Edwards and Clinton. The reality is the $400 was a charitable donation by Tancredo.

    It is headlines like this that make me question everything CNN reports. You have an agenda and this only confirms what half the country believes about you – you truly are the Clinton News Network.

    November 17, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. EB Rideout, Georgia

    He could have gotten an illegal to do it for $15. So much for his negotiating skills.

    November 17, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Tom Dedham, Mass

    You bleeping Democrats again amaze me with your ineptitude as you can't read a simple paragraph and make an informed conclusion.

    This is for CHARITY as this owner has a child with autism and Tancredo paid for this out of his own pocket.

    Tancredo should be applauded by all here, just like I will when the Democrat that this shop owner speaks of does the same.

    Great misleading headline by CNN by the way, as many of you idiot sheep can only read a byline if it is big letters.

    If Hillary did this the byline would be like "Hillary takes time out from the campaign to donate locks to charity" and you sheep would be gushing over it.

    And if you ill informed want to discuss who gives more to charity, do some research and you will find study after study PROVING conservatives give FAR more away to charity than liberals, FAR more.

    So the myth that we have ours, forget about everyone else, is a LIE.

    But it does prove that liberals are very generous, but only when it comes to spending others money.

    November 17, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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