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Tom Tancredo, Unplugged
National Journal ^ | June 27, 2013 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 07/03/2013 8:41:15 AM PDT by OddLane

"I have run quixotic races. This is not one of them," says Tom Tancredo. The Republican, a former Colorado congressman whose crusade against illegal immigration evolved into a gadfly campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 wants you to know he's serious this time: He wants another shot at Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Four years ago, Tancredo mounted a last-minute campaign on the Constitution Party ticket, as Colorado's Republican gubernatorial nominee melted down. In two months, Tancredo scored 36 percent of the vote, three times more than Republican Dan Maes, but 15 points behind Hickenlooper. This time, Tancredo says, there's a lot more work to be done.

"I'm trying my best to get used to a 16-month campaign. This is very odd. We didn't have anything like that even when I was in the House," he said in an interview Wednesday. "It gives you a lot of time to do all that organizational work which we really have not done."

And Tancredo says he has a chance, given poll numbers that show Hickenlooper's approval rating plummeting to new lows. Hickenlooper has taken hits in recent weeks for delaying, but not commuting, the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, part of what Republicans call a pattern of avoiding tough decisions.

"This guy is imploding," Tancredo said. "He chooses never to make a decision, if he possibly can."

Tancredo doesn't have a clear shot at Hickenlooper, though. He'll have to get through a Republican primary that may get crowded. Secretary of State Scott Gessler has suspended his re-election campaign and opened a gubernatorial account, while Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler told the Denver Post he's considering his own bid.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; johnhickenlooper; tomtancredo

1 posted on 07/03/2013 8:41:15 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

The recall efforts now underway will work to Tancredo’s advantage..


2 posted on 07/03/2013 8:45:34 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: OddLane

I begged Tom to run about 2 and half years ago, and he grinned sheepishly and refused to really talk about it. I’m glad decided to run.

The media will excoriate him over the illegal alien issue, and I think things will get ugly, but he has a lot of courage to run when he knows what’s coming.

Good luck, buddy, you are going to need it.


3 posted on 07/03/2013 9:04:37 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: ken5050
I hope so.

The last election was a debacle.

4 posted on 07/03/2013 9:05:06 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

go tank. good luck getting past the repub party.


5 posted on 07/03/2013 10:43:21 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: dadfly

I think he’s got it in him.


6 posted on 07/03/2013 11:18:47 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: SaxxonWoods

He can make the illegal alien issue work for him since many people are incensed by the onslaught of illegal immigration. Colorado has lots of illegals, he has to sound the trumpet and he will draw lots of people to himself. Are any of the other Republicans making a tough stand against illegal immigration? The wimpy stand of many Republicans will work to Tancredo’s favor.

Also, I hope he makes a play for the black voters as many black voters are angry about losing jobs to people who do not even belong in this country. If I were Tancredo, I would put up a big billboard in the middle of the black neighborhood—”Jobs for Americans first”.


7 posted on 07/04/2013 12:17:40 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: OddLane

I hope Tom Tancredo wins


8 posted on 07/07/2013 2:47:49 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Democrat_media

Ditto.


9 posted on 07/07/2013 8:06:47 PM PDT by OddLane
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