Skip to comments.Cannon declines debate with Colorado rival (Tancredo)
Posted on 08/05/2005 6:08:28 PM PDT by 4.1O dana super trac pak
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, known for his outspoken and sometimes outlandish views on immigration, will be in Utah later this month and agreed to debate his political rival, Rep. Chris Cannon.
Cannon says he has more pressing engagements - working on the irrigation system at his home.
Tancredo, a Colorado Republican and leading spokesman of the anti-immigration movement, was invited to the state by the group Utahns For Immigration Reform and Enforcement, or UFIRE, a group that battered Cannon over his immigration stance during his 2004 re-election bid.
He agreed to spend Aug. 24 to 25 in the state, making appearances in St. George, Provo and Salt Lake City. On behalf of UFIRE, Bluffdale City Councilwoman Martha Speed invited Cannon to debate Tancredo at an event in Provo on Aug. 24, but Cannon said he will be indisposed.
"Congressman Cannon plans to spend the 24th at home working on his irrigation system, said his chief of staff, Joe Hunter. However, given Mr. Tancredo's recent interest in religious sites, we would suggest our visitor from Colorado might want to occupy his time touring [LDS] Temple Square."
The reference to Tancredo's interest in religious sites is a dig at recent comments he made in a radio interview that, if Muslim terrorists mount a nuclear strike in the United States, that the United States should retaliate by bombing Muslim holy sites, including Mecca.
What are we dealing with here, an arrogant jokester? asked UFIRE chairman Russell Sias.
Do we disagree with Representative Cannon's stand? Absolutely. But we don't have to set him up. The issues themselves will do that. When you're wrong, you're wrong.
Cannon's spokesman, Charles Isom, said, Congressman Cannon is going to engage in this debate on the floor of Congress and he doesn't really see this as a productive way to advance this debate.
Recently, Tancredo has been visiting presidential primary states trying to force Republican candidates to take a hard-line stance on immigration and, if none does, has not ruled out running himself.
He and Cannon have a rocky past, due to Cannon's support for President Bush's immigration policies, and sponsorship of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship working in the agricultural industry.
"Tom Tancredo, known for his outspoken and sometimes outlandish views on immigration"
Nothing outlandish about wanting to protect your country from illegal ne'r-do-wells.
Cannon, like most in congress are bought and paid for by special interest who don't give a damn about the welfare of the American working family.
Tom Tancredo tells it exactly like it is. We could do no better than have him continue speaking out.
What part of ILLEGAL don't these Quislings get???
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,
1. The act of invading; the act of encroaching upon the rights or possessions of another; encroachment; trespass.
Now what I am I supposed to think about that?
Agreed. At least he has the you-know-what's to do it. Everyone else is to busy being PC.
That describes Chris Cannon very well.
President Bush is pro-illegal immigration. His own words prove it.
Cannon staying home to shovel more BS to his constituents!
Tancredo's has been the lone voice in putting the securuty of this country and it's citizens first and foremost!!
You mean to say you dont believe Cannon will be out in his yard digging trenches and laying pipe for his irrigation system?/s
?......U.S.A. to become a whole newly 'created'..."Mexican-Vatican"...State via .....ALL....Politican$.......?
For probably 40 years, the Cannon family has been trying to get the Army to compensate them for contaminating their land holdings near Dugway Army Base with chemical munitions. It's gone nowhere so far as I know... as far as popular support, Cannon was pro-Geneva Steel and roused the hearts of the oldsters in Utah County. He's otherwise sort of conservative, but personally, I wouldn't trust the man to polish my wheels.
His affection for illegals is beyond me. I don't think he can hold his own, much less hold a candle up against Tancredo. He wimped out. Hopefully, his arrogance will be his political end.
I hope he gets them to pee their friggin pants!
Maybe they should check his "employees" papers doing the work???
Oh No: Dont say it. You dont really believe Cannon would hire illegals to dig those trenches for his irrigation system.
Say it aint so Joe.
I could never figure this guy out, my Grand Father had some land in Murray and Granger that he leased out to the Old Mexicans and Japanese, truck farms.
Your tagline indicates that you fully intend to be one of the irrelvant ones, so this conversation isn't going anywhere productive.
Yeah, he's got a date with the dustbunnies under his bed.
Let's not forget that Tanc hired the illegals to remodel his home.
This guy has to be a member of the GOP and in good standing.
Funny, that sounds more like you. You are in the small minority of irrelevant republicans who want an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
I thought I'd read on another post that whole thing got debunked....
Since Republicans are in power, they are entirely responsible for the current immigration policy failures. Debating the democrats on border policy would be as useful as arguing with someone from Timbuktu about the problem.
Of coarse you republibots will always try to shift blame to someone else.
Like you idependiots don't.
Awwwww! did you make up that word all by yourself?
What exactly are your rules of engagement?
What a lame insult.
Since we all know the "real" story behind that, you're just making Tancredo look better...
Hey, did you know Tancredo hired illegal Mexicans to pick the lettuce that he ate in his salad for dinner??? Well he didn't really hire illegals to pick lettuce...In fact, he doesn't even know if illegals picked his lettuce...
But he bought the lettuce at the grocery store...The Grocer got the lettuce from a produce wholesaler who bought the lettuce from a farmer who's foreman hired illegals to pick the lettuce...
Hey, nice try though...
"Tancredo a leading spokesman for the anti-immigration movement"
They forgot a word. Anybody guess it? That's right boys and girls it's "illegal". As in Illegal-immigration. Why is it so hard for "reporters" to say that?
I'm arguing with a child. never mind.
It is a fact. The illegals remodeled Tancredo's home.
"He doesn't want to debate democrats, now what am I supposedto make of that?"
How about he, like most of us believes the Repubs are SUPPOSED to be strong on security issues like the border.
Debating a democrat for being weak on security is like trying to teach a pig to fly, a waste of time for all involved and very annoying to the pig.
He'll be out there.
He has to make sure his cheap, illegal laborers don't hook it up backwards, and suck all the moisture out of the soil, desicating his crap.
Uhh, CROP, I mean.
This is more grandstanding by Tancredo. He cheers up his base, but that's it.
You don't accomplish anything in politics by attacking your allies.
"You don't accomplish anything by attacking your allies"
Allies are those who agree with you on the issue at hand. Any who is not dead set 100% against illegal immigration is NOT an ally of anyone that deserves to be in office.
And sure as hell is no ally of mine.
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!
In the name of fairness, let's hear from the other side.
MALDEF, LULAC and the National Council of La Raza, known for their outspoken and
sometimes always outlandish views on immigration illegal aliens,
I agree, there is nothing outlandish about wanting to keep criminals out of this country.
Who is Cannon fronting for?
The United Nations.
I don't know...I guess it depends on whether you are a...
Is it possible that an "OBL Sock-Puppet" like Cannon would ACTUALLY...
"Do the jobs that American's WON'T do?!"
Isn't THIS kind of work JUST what we need ILLEGAL INFILTRATORS to do for us?
That's a bunch of BS. I challenge you to provide proof to support your outrageous accusation.
There has been only about a 1000 threads on the subject posted at FR.