December 20th, 2007
03:27 PM ET
15 years ago

Tancredo officially ends run, endorses Romney

Tancredo said he is endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo abandoned his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday afternoon, but claimed victory because, he said, the other GOP candidates have adopted his staunch anti-illegal immigration agenda.

“According to Newsweek, the Tancredo campaign has already won,” he said during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

After announcing his decision to drop out of the race, Tancredo endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid, saying the former Massachusetts governor’s views came closest to his own stance on illegal immigration, and that he “could go the distance” and win the presidency.

Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, is a fierce proponent of stricter illegal immigration laws, but his campaign struggled to gain traction with the Republican primary voters, despite the fact that his signature issue is a top concern among GOP primary voters this cycle.

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  1. Ryan, Oakland, CA

    Ew. Sucks for Romney. Tancredo is an extreme protectionist bigot. I don't think Romney wants his support.

    December 20, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Julie Medford,Oregon

    He brought the issue of illegal aliens and the problems it brings to our towns and cities and the security of our nation to the forefront of this election,he should be applauded for that. I hope the next President will step up to the plate and resolve this problem and not turn a blind eye to this serious problem (like our current President).

    December 20, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. ed winter park FL

    who is/was Tancredo. is/was he an american citizen. where does he come from or claim to live. he must be another buddie or ex employee of guilliani. what was he running for ,i thought you had to be an american citizen to run for office. We really need to secure our borders to try and keep outsiders from coming in and trying to run for official office

    December 20, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Jeremiah Grant, Phoenix AZ

    Thank you Mr. Tancredo for your endorsement of Romney. Hopefully all those who share your deep concern about immigration will appreciate how this endorsement validates Romney's views on this subject.

    If there's anything I know about Romney from studying his life, it's this. He is a man of action and a man of results. If immigration is really a concern to people, then they have to look to the candidate most likely to do something about it–the candidate who has already shown time and again an ability to tackle large problems and deliver results.

    Mitt Romney has always been that man!

    December 20, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Cory, San Diego, CA

    I've posted this at more than just this blog, but I definitely do not work for Romney's campaign. I want some conservatives, who I feel haven't given Mitt a fair shake thus far, to seriously reconsider their positions. Romney is clearly now the anti-illegal immigration candidate. What candidate can win the support of ALL conservatives...fiscal, defense, AND social? Mitt's the man!

    December 20, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Grace Colley, NPR, FL

    Well if anyone thought that Mr. Tancredo had a chance, I think that a Colorado snowball would have a better chance in "that warm place...." Neither Mr. Tancredo nor Mr. Romney have even offered so much as a solution to the illegal immigration problem. I don't think that illegal immigration is the problem here, and most Americans are more concerned about their pocketbooks, $3/gallon gas, the war in Iraq which we still haven't won, than worrying about which Mexican is cleaning out toilets! The issue here is HOW DO WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM? There is a solution, but other than deporting 12 million people, nobody has come up with anything better. I for one think this should be dealt with, without the solution being $10/lb for tomatoes, $15 for a broccoli, and paying more than $20/week for lawncare! How about cheaper medicines for seniors and access to healthcare for all Americans. In this way we can have healthy Americans who will go out there in heat and cold and pick the fruit and vegetables!

    December 20, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. WordOfLaw, Raleigh, NC

    Saturday, Dec 15, 2007

    CONTACT: Romney Press Shop (857) 288-6390

    Boston, MA – Today, noted conservative jurist Judge Robert Bork endorsed Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States.

    Joining Romney for President, Judge Bork said, "Throughout my career, I have had the honor of serving under several Presidents and am proud to make today's endorsement. No other candidate will do more to advance the conservative judicial movement than Governor Mitt Romney. He knows firsthand how the judicial branch can profoundly affect the future course of a state and a nation. I greatly admired his leadership in Massachusetts in the way that he responded to the activist court's ruling legalizing same-sex 'marriage.' His leadership on the issue has served as a model to the nation on how to respect all of our citizens while respecting the rule of law at the same time."

    Judge Bork continued, "Our next President may be called upon to make more than one Supreme Court nomination, and Governor Romney is committed to nominating judges who take their oath of office seriously and respect the rule of law in our nation. I also support Governor Romney because of his character, his integrity and his stands on the major issues facing the United States."

    Welcoming Judge Bork's support, Governor Romney said, "For decades, Judge Bork has been a leader in moving the conservative legal movement forward. As one of our nation's premier conservative jurists, he has been an important voice for our conservative values in Washington. I look forward to his counsel and working with him on the most important judicial matters facing our nation today."

    Background On Judge Robert Bork:

    Judge Bork Is A Leading Conservative Jurist With A Long Record Of Public Service. Judge Bork served as Solicitor General from 1973 to 1978 and acting Attorney General from 1973 to 1974. From 1982 to 1988, he served as a Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On July 1, 1987, he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In February 1988, Judge Bork resigned from the Circuit Court and joined the American Enterprise Institute. Judge Bork, who also served as a partner at a major law firm and a Professor of Law at Yale University, is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a Professor at the Ave Maria School of Law.

    December 20, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Daniel, Washington

    He also has an impeccable record as a three term governor of appointing socially conservative judges who stick to the Constitution, not international law.


    I agree that Huckabee has done an excellent job appointing socially conserverative-opinionated judges. For many that is good thing, for some not.

    More important than one small piece of the puzzle for success, lets look at Huckabee's not even close to impeccable records in other areas of government.

    Lets look at issues like smashing hard drives, being investigated by ethics commitees 5 times...and these seem minor when we look at many of his decisions. Talk to those who have done there homework in Arkansas.

    Appointing judges you want is a nice touch, but if you feel that is really what sets Huckabee apart from the battlefield, you may want to read up a bit more, (and please don't rely on CNN).

    December 20, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Elizabeth, Jackson, MS

    Idiots. You wonder why your country is going to hell? The US has turned into a gigantic giveaway program to ILLEGALS. That's WHY there are barely no jobs with no decent pay and health care sucks. DO YOUR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH you clueless fools. Don't cry when they start blowing us up either.

    December 20, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. J, Seattle, WA

    Regarding the posting made by William J. Murray, Chairman of The Religious Freedom Coalition: The current plan in motion was conceived by the Mormon hierarchy about 10 years prior to the opening of their Law School at BYU. There are many very well placed active Mormons in the current administration poised to take over where Bush leaves off. Bush abandoned other Republican candidates for Romney in 2000 in exchange for the support of The Mormon Church. Sort of makes you wonder about the whole election process now doesn't it? As a result of Bush's support you, Joe public, will get more of the same but worse, because now it's all about 'what The Mormon's can get from their country, not what their country will get from them.' I guess Mitt left out that part. I suppose that you are to be lulled into idiocy by the replication going on, the same tie as Bush, the Kennedy-esque Dallas speech on religion, in the Bush library no less, I could go on, but I'll save it for another day. Bush just wants to be loved, and he is angry that he isn't. He presided over a war that he created and he lost, yet the obvious choice for President would end it very soon after getting into office. Bush expects accolades when he leaves and he'll get them if he supports Romney. There are so many negative truths yet untold about this church and this candidate. Be afraid folks, be very afraid.

    December 20, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    It was a valiant effort Tom. And you are making the SMART endorsement in Mitt. He is the most intelligent choice amongst the pack indeed.

    December 20, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. GetReal, Reality, USA

    J, Seattle, WA – let me guess, you're part of the conspiracy wackos that think Bush planted bombs in the WTC and then gleefully pushed the button.

    December 20, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. J, Seattle, formerly SLC

    Get Real: wrong, guess again.

    December 20, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. arfisher, Midlothian, VA

    Why do you cut the video off before he makes his endorsement. CNN Bias?

    December 20, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. JB

    Wow, three people have endorsed Huckabee in there comments. Yeah, I can see Simile Huckabee making it. He has a metaphor for everything, his foreign affairs article used "like high school students..". I have a hard time imagining him in a weekly radio address, maybe he could keep repeating his campaign message, "I never achieved the American Dream like some candidates, like I never finished my masters degree..."

    December 20, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Presidente

    And 11 million Mexicans cheered. And then went to the hospital to get some more free medical care.

    Work harder Americans- we are counting on you.

    December 20, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Ajay Jain

    Romney needs ALL the endorsements he can muster even from 1% Tancredo!!!

    Entrepreneur Romney Senator McCain just might BEAT you in both NH and Iowa Romney! Save your negative ads for Super Tuesday!! You will need a lot of help that day!!!

    Go Hillary 08!

    December 20, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. lava, North Pole

    "Should have kept on running. Doesn't he know that as long as you are campaigning, you get to keep all the money you raise if you don't succeed. Hell, I'd kept campainging and raking in the dough for as long as I could.

    Posted By Repubs are stupid"

    This is just one great example why Democrats are so twisted.

    December 21, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  19. Chad, Pittsboro, NC

    Ajay Jain, this is the same comment you just posted on another forum. And what, Shrillary is never negative? Wow!

    December 21, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |


    December 21, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |


    December 21, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Karen Houston, TX

    "He also has an impeccable record as a three term governor of appointing socially conservative judges who stick to the Constitution, not international law.
    Where does Huckabee stand on the constitution?

    I can't help but notice that everywhere he goes he slips into private meetings with all of the pastors in the area. Isn't that an abuse of the separation of church and state? Apparently he sticks to the constitution unless it doesn't serve his needs. Then he digresses. So much for his integrity.

    I don't respect a man who so obviously uses his title of Pastor to pander to the Christian right. He has disappointed me one too many times. I find him to be insincere and manipulative.

    December 22, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. Troy

    Good, the jingoistic racist moron is out. This nincompoop bigot throws his support for another racist. What an idiot indeed!

    December 23, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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