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.