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Tancredo Drops Out, Endorses Romney

The fact that Tom Tancredo dropped out is not a surprise; that he endorsed Romney is. Fred Thompson seemed like a better fit for Tancredo's anti illegal immigration position. The Politico reports, however, that Tancredo really wanted to prevent Huckabee, who is more illegal immigration friendly than many like, from getting the nomination, so Romney is the best chance in doing that.

While noting that he doesn't completely share Romney's views, Tancredo said, "the reality is this: He is the best hope for our cause."

He also made plain that he was moved to get out of the contest because he feared the rise of Mike Huckabee, who has taken a less hard-line approach to immigration in the past.

"It was important in making this decision -- you bet your life it was," Tancredo said, speaking to a group of reporters and supporters at a press conference.


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Living in Colorado i am not... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Living in Colorado i am not surprised. After all when I enlisted..Tancredo, like so many Republicans(Cheney etc) of our age group...bailed.
For him to support another bailing candidate is no surprise..
Forget the Fems/Dems ...
The Republican process will pit big money/more money V Christian evangelicals.
It will not be pretty...but hey
"if you plant ice
you're gonna harvest wind"

I've posted this at more th... (Below threshold)

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!

I have to agree with you, C... (Below threshold)

I have to agree with you, Cory.

Romney has his problems, as do all candidates, but when it comes down to it, he's the uniter of the Republican party.

Rudy loses the social conservatives.
Huckabee loses the hawks and the immigration folks.
McCain loses just about every Republican out there.

That leaves Thompson. Thompson might also do the job but he doesn't seem to have the organization skills or the drive that Romney has.

Romney is clearly now th... (Below threshold)

Romney is clearly now the anti-illegal immigration candidate If you don't believe him, just ask his gardener!

Because, we know, Proof scr... (Below threshold)

Because, we know, Proof screens all the workers that come to his home for citizenship.

Nogo, what is it that Hilla... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Nogo, what is it that Hillary is spending if not a lot of money. She had better or the Senator of Illinois will defeat the carpetbagger from New York.

If you want to know why Tan... (Below threshold)

If you want to know why Tancredo does not really want Huckabee to be POTUS read George Will's column at www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/12/that_70s_campaign.htlm The last half of his column he spends on what is wrong with Hucabee.

nogo ~ Put down the bong an... (Below threshold)

nogo ~ Put down the bong and step away slowly.

I certainly respect Tancredo if his object was to stop Huckabee. Huck's soft on immigration, taxes, spending, foreign policy, and in the head.

However, it is worrisome that the race to the "toughest" position on illegal immigration may make it impossible for the eventual winner to lead us to a rational solution to the problem. The longer we leave the situation of the millions already here unresolved, the worse it becomes.






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