December 20th, 2007
12:31 PM ET
14 years ago

Tancredo to abandon White House bid

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.

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- CNN Political Director Sam Feist

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  1. AC, Silicon Valley, CA


    December 20, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Independent Voter, TN

    I'm glad to see that his message did not "resonate."

    I'm all for securing the border. However, I just have to wonder about who will fill the 12 million jobs the illegals currently hold if they're all thrown out of their current jobs. There aren't that many unemployed eligible Americans in the country.

    December 20, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. RF, Hillsborough, NJ

    This breaking story is now at the top of the WHO CARES list.

    December 20, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Henry, VA

    Now he has more spare time to hate brown people!

    December 20, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Ajay Jain, Garland, Texas

    What does Tancredo's bowing out at this stage say about the IMMIGRATION issue. Are there no takers? Bill Richardson is in double digits then why was Tancredo within 1 percent. Guess the Hispanic vote is keeping Richardson alive for the Veep position?

    December 20, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. JG, Stroudsburg, PA

    Let's start a write-in campaign for good ol Tomas Tan Increible

    December 20, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Ajay Jain

    Tancredo drops out and endorses Romney with his one percent following! But Iowa Rep. Steve King has endorsed Thompson. Iowa Rep. Steve King who was backing Tancredo does not even follow his endorsement. Romney must be in dire shape to need the Tancredo endorsement. God save the GOP nomination.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 21, 2007 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. Kate, Aurora CO

    You know my parents taught me a valuable lesson and that is when someone resorts to name calling, ie calling Tancredo a racist or xenophobe, it is because they do not have a sound argument to offer. If you think the high cost of healthcare, increase in property taxes, steady increase of violent crimes in border states, and poor public schools doesn't have anything to do with illegal immigration, then you my friend are misinformed and not educated. Do some research. Come up with an argument that does not include name calling to support the idea of illegal immigration. Come up with an argument telling us why it is a good idea to continue providing free education and free healthcare to people who for the most part do not pay taxes. Come up with a good argument why banks and morgage lenders offer loans to those without any documentation but then insist American citizens have at least 6 points of identification. Come up with a good argument why tax payers should have to continue to pay for the housing and care of illegal immigrants in the jail system. It is a pity that Americans cannot see what the high cost of illegal immigration is having on this country and those who do have the nerve to stand up and say what many of us are thinking but are to PC to say are labeled racist or other horrible names.

    December 21, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Karen Houston TX

    You would never, ever become president of this great country Tancredo, a bigot like yourself does not deserve to hold public office, I hope you do not get reelected to congress. Your buddy Romney is going to loose too. Mike Huckabee all the way!

    Posted By Juan, Easton PA : December 20, 2007 5:22 pm
    I find it interesting that you would call Tancredo a bigot and then endorse Huckabee!?! Bizarre! Let me see if I understand this. Tancredo is a bigot because of his position on illegal immigration? Is that right? “ILLEGAL” immigration, emphasis on Illegal! How does bigotry apply to the problem of MILLIONS of people stealing a country and its resources to serve their own selfish needs?

    Are you kidding me? Mike Huckabee is probably second only to Hitler in his bigotry! Huckabee is the one who wanted to round up people with aids to hide them away in a "Safe place" while Hollywood found a cure.

    Huckabee is the one who was the key note speaker at a rally whose main purpose was to slander, and spread hate and intolerance towards a church with millions of members in the United States. How bigoted is that? I can see it all now. Huckabee at the microphone spewing saliva as he preached his “Fire and brimstone” type sermon against millions of people that he now wants to serve as their president. What a worm.

    A BIGOT is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own.

    Is it Possible Juan that your friends or family are illegal? Therefore you are not voting on what is best for the country, but what is best for you and your buddies? Everyone knows about Huckabee’s fight to give the children of illegals special tuition rates and scholarships, while he burdens the American people with the taxes needed to do it!

    Perhaps you only consider a person a bigot who doesn’t serve your needs and opinions, and you disregard the rest. Therefore you are a bigot yourself!

    And here’s a bonus for you…
    Huckabee is the one who worked to cover up his son's animal torture by interfering with the police investigation. Now he conveniently excuses his son’s behavior with the explanation, “it looked like it was going to attack” and “so they put it down”. No Mike they did not put it down. They hung it from a tree, beat it, and slit its throat!” There is a HUUUUGE difference. But why tell the truth when there are plenty of fools who are willing to believe your lies? After all you profess to be a Christian and DANG that’s good enough for me!

    December 21, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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