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Tancredo Endorses Romney

Posted by shadmia on December 21, 2007





It is with my heart full of gratitude and a touch of sadness that I write today to tell you of my intention to end my campaign for the presidency.

That is how Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) began his letter to supporters, on his 62nd birthday, informing them of his decision to withdraw from the Republican race for the White House. He built his campaign around the issue of illegal immigration. He also never polled high enough among the other Republicans in the race to have a chance at winning the nomination.

See his Announcement to Supporters Here

Tancredo endorsed Mitt Romney as the best man to carry on the fight against illegal immigration. He blasted both Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee saying that they wouldn’t be tough enough on immigration. He said Romney has a proven record of opposing illegal immigration while governor of Massachusetts, ending driver’s licenses and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

“On the other hand, you talk about what’s happened in Arkansas, it’s a totally different situation, and certainly John McCain has built a career in Congress being a supporter of illegal immigration and amnesty,” Tancredo said.

Romney, who was campaigning in Iowa, accepted the endorsement and issue a brief statement thanking Tancredo for his support:

“Congressman Tancredo ran a spirited campaign focused on issues that are important to many Americans. I thank him for his support. While we don’t agree on every issue, we agree on the need to keep America strong. I look forward to working with him and other Republicans to achieve that end,” Romney said.

Tancredo said he decided to drop out in part because of concern that staying in could split the vote for other candidates who have taken a hard line on immigration, helping those who would take a less restrictive approach.

Fears about illegal immigration boosted Tancredo’s profile, but it didn’t translate into support as reflected by his low standing in polls and his limited fundraising. In part, candidates such as Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani usurped Tancredo’s hardline stance on the issue, prompting the congressman to quip at one debate that “all I’ve heard is people trying to out-Tancredo Tancredo.”


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