On December 20th, 2007, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) announced that he was retiring from the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign. Representative Tom Tancredo ended his campaign, and in an unexpected move, endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts’ bid for the Presidency in 2008.
I find this more than unexpected; I find it rather shocking. The two men’s respective platforms do not have that much in common.
Mr. Tancredo said that he had met with Mr. Romney and is confident of the Governor’s sincerity and commitment. Mr. Tancredo acknowledged that he and Mr. Romney differ on some aspects of their respective immigration policies, such as a “timeout.” Mr. Tancredo said that he and Mr. Romney agreed on securing the borders, penalizing “sanctuary cities” and prosecuting employers who knowingly employed illegal immigrants.
Somebody’s going to win this race.” It’s not going to me, so really what you’re looking for is that person you hope and pray will carry on.
— Rep. Tom Tancredo
Frankly, Tancredo was “one trick pony” – immigration reform. I’m not surprised he dropped out of the race. I don’t think Tancredo stood much of a chance against the more rounded candidates. Sadly, this means the US’ best shot at solving the immigration problem is gone – but I think that all Tancredo would have been good for.