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Tancredo rose to national prominence for opposing illegal immigration.[1] Tancredo won re-election against Democratic challenger Bill Winter by a 59%-40% margin in 2006. The district includes most of Denver’s southern suburbs. He was a declared candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination who was known for his opposition to illegal immigration and excessive immigration in general.[2] Tancredo announced he was dropping out of the presidential race on his 62nd birthday on December 20, 2007.[3] Tancredo did not stand for re-election to his House seat in the November 2008 election.[4]

Early life and political career
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado’s 6th district In office January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2009 Preceded by Succeeded by Born Dan Schaefer Mike Coffman December 20, 1945 (1945-12-20) Denver, Colorado Republican Jackie Tancredo Littleton, Colorado University of Northern Colorado Junior high school teacher, political researcher Evangelical Presbyterian Congressman Tom Tancredo

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Thomas Gerard Tancredo (born December 20, 1945) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado’s 6th congressional district.

Tancredo was born in Denver, Colorado to Adeline Lombardi and Gerald Tancredo. Both sets of his grandparents emigrated from Italy.[5] He attended St. Catherine’s Elementary School and Holy Family High School there. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in political science. Tancredo was active with the College Republicans and a conservative, nonpartisan organization, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). As a Republican student activist Tancredo spoke in support of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado he became eligible to serve in Vietnam in June 1969. Tancredo has said he went for his physical, telling doctors he’d been treated for depression, and eventually got a "1-Y" deferment[6]. In 1976, while teaching history at Drake Junior High School in Denver, he ran for and won a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. He served two terms (1977–1981) and was one of the leaders of a vocal group of conservative legislators opposing the policies of Colorado Governor Dick Lamm[7]. During the 1970s, Tancredo pioneered opposition to bilingual education, an issue that would remain a feature of his political orientation.


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Tancredo was appointed by President Reagan to be the regional representative in Denver for the Department of Education in 1981. He stayed on through the first Bush administration in 1992, and pared the office’s staff from 225 to 60 employees. He became president of the Independence Institute in 1993, a conservative think tank based in Golden, Colorado, serving there until his election to Congress. He was a leader in the Colorado term limits movement. After Dan Schaefer decided not to run for a seventh full term in the 6th Congressional District in 1998, Tancredo narrowly won the five-way Republican primary and went on to victory in November. He is only the second person to represent the 6th District since its creation in 1983 (former astronaut Jack Swigert was elected as the district’s first congressman in 1982, but died before taking office). Despite his promise to serve only three terms in Congress,[8][9][10] he later decided to run for a fourth term and won re-election. A former Roman Catholic, Tancredo is now a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.[11] Tancredo is married to Jackie Tancredo. They met at Drake Junior High School as teachers, and married in 1977.[12] They have two children and five grandchildren. On February 3, 2009 the Denver Post revealed that Tancredo has probably lost a significant amount of money invested in hedge funds with Agile Group[13], a Boulder based investment company with substantial investments in Bernie Madoff’s investment firm.

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resolution of the war, protection of human rights, and a self-sustaining Sudan". The Act passed the House of Representatives with a 359-8 vote, was passed unanimously in the Senate without amendment seven days later, and was signed into law on November 21, 2002. Tancredo introduced the Mass Immigration Reduction Act. The act would have imposed an indefinite moratorium on immigration to the United States. Under the act, only spouses and children of American citizens would be allowed to immigrate, which Tancredo estimated would amount to 300,000 immigrants annually.[16] The moratorium would last for at least the first five years of the act and, after that, until such time as there were fewer than 10,000 illegal immigrants entering per year. When those conditions were met, immigration would only have been allowed at whatever level the president and both houses of Congress agreed would have no adverse impact on wages, housing, the environment, or schools. When last introduced in 2003, the bill had 11 cosponsors. Organizations that have endorsed Tancredo’s bill include: NumbersUSA, Population-Environment Balance, Carrying Capacity Network, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Negative Population Growth, and the American Patrol. Tancredo introduced the bill in 1999 (H. R. 41)[17], 2001 (H. R. 2712)[18], and 2003 (H. R. 946).[19] Tancredo did not re-introduce the bill in 2005, but in 2007 he proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to "establish English as the official language of the United States," (H.R. 19).[20] In 2005, Tancredo introduced[21] a resolution calling on the President to recognize the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and to abandon the One-China policy. He has been critical of the People’s Republic of China. This has since been modified and reintroduced as H. Con. Res. 73.[22]

Committee assignments
• Foreign Affairs Committee • Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade • Natural Resources Committee • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands

Charity work
After the Columbine shooting in Colorado, Tancredo gathered resources in order to respond to the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia. Colorado students made thousands of cards and letters for the Russian children, which Tancredo and his wife passed out to the survivors of the shootings. Tancredo also presented a poster from the Columbine high

Significant legislation
Tancredo sponsored the Sudan Peace Act.[15] The Sudan Peace Act says "A viable, comprehensive, and internationally sponsored peace process, protected from manipulation, presents the best chance for a permanent


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school students. The poster was displayed on one of the walls in the Beslan school.

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people who attended CPAC 2007, and 88.1% believed that Tancredo would govern as a conservative. Newt Gingrich polled next at 87.9%.[31] On April 2, 2007, Tancredo announced that he will run for President in the 2008 election. This announcement was made on 1040 WHO Talk Radio in Iowa. He denounced other Republican candidates for their lack of consistency on the illegal immigration issue, the issue on which Tancredo will run. In early April, he also participated in what was billed as the first online presidential debate, against fellow Republican and presidential candidate Duncan Hunter.[32] A quote from Tancredo’s speech in 2007 to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was as follows:[33]: If you want to call me a single-issue candidate, that’s fine, just so long as you know that my single issue is the survival and the success of the conservative movement in America. In a May 3, 2007 debate among the ten candidates for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination, Tancredo was one of three who raised their hands when asked if anyone did not believe in the theory of evolution.[34] On August 10, 2007, Rep. Tom Tancredo’s presidential campaign reportedly was the victim of an e-mail hoax on the eve of the Republican Party straw poll in Ames, Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that a hoax email sent on Friday to almost 500 Tancredo supporters told them — falsely — that chartered buses to ferry them to the daylong events had either been cancelled or delayed.[35] On September 5, 2007, during a visit to Concord, New Hampshire, Tancredo made it clear that he supports strictly enforcing immigration laws and deporting all illegal immigrants. He believes so-called sanctuary policies provide safe havens for criminals. Tancredo also mentioned his support of the building of a fence between Mexico and the United States, and that mayors and city council members who adopt sanctuary city policies should face criminal charges. He urged New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to veto an upcoming immigration bill and demanded the ouster of the bill’s sponsors. On November 13, 2007, the Tancredo campaign released an ad called "Tough on

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On February 9, 2006, Tancredo addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference,[23] the annual conference of the American Conservative Union,[24] (speech not available). In a poll conducted of those attending the conference, 5% predicted that Tancredo would be the 2008 nominee. At the 2007 CPAC conference, held March 1–3, Tancredo was ranked sixth in the straw poll, with 9%, when first and second choices were combined.[25]

2008 Presidential election
In February 2005, Tancredo announced he would seek the Republican nomination for president if all other candidates failed to address the illegal immigration problem. Tancredo said he intended to visit New Hampshire and Iowa, declaring Bush should “[understand] the threat illegal immigrants pose to the country’s security.” Tancredo claimed federal prisons are overflowing with illegal immigrants, some of whom aim to "harm people." Tancredo has said that such individuals "need to be found before it is too late. They’re coming here to kill you, and you, and me, and my grandchildren."[26] In July 2005, Tancredo confirmed he was moving toward a presidential run.[27] On January 16, 2007, Tancredo announced that he formed an exploratory committee on seeking the presidential nomination of the Republican Party. He said that the Republican Party needs someone who can offer America a "common sense agenda".[28] A spokesman for Tancredo’s exploratory committee has confirmed that he will not run on a third party platform, and that "they’ve had no intention to run as a third-party candidate, ever, and we’ll never consider that because he’s a Republican, period".[29] On February 13, the American Conservative Union issued ratings for potential presidential candidates.[30] Tancredo took first with a lifetime ranking of 99 out of 100. The website polled 525


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Terror" in which a hypothetical terrorist attack occurs in a shopping mall. The ad blames inept border security for the attack and flashes images of an injured child and a wrecked train. A voiceover comments, "There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20 million aliens who have come to take our jobs ... the price we pay for spineless politicians who refuse to defend our borders against those who come to kill." [36] On his 62nd birthday December 20, 2007, Tancredo formally ended his candidacy for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination, and endorsed Mitt Romney. [37] Individual contributions made up the most of the campaign cash that Tancredo had received, being about 97% of his total pocketbook. PAC contributions were low, only around $75,500, of the $1,311,869[38]. He granted himself $200 for his campaign and received no federal funding. $88,457 of his money came from interest from the campaign’s bank accounts and loans from outside sources. It should be noted that the majority of Tancredo’s funds were not disclosed[39] .

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Tancredo has said that abortion "compromises the sanctity of life" and "attacks the most vulnerable among us: unborn boys and girls." He does not support the granting of federal funds to "any organization that promotes abortion."[43] He voted in favor of the PartialBirth Abortion Ban Act, and in favor of legislation requiring parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion. He received a 0% on the NARAL report card,[44] indicating that he votes in Congress on the pro-life side of this issue. In the first Republican debate held on May 3, 2007, Tancredo agreed that the U.S. Supreme Court should repeal the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, adding that it would be "the greatest day in this country’s history."[45] Tancredo says on his website "The innocent unborn enjoy a God given right to life. Roe is a scar on the moral and intellectual history of the country; but, contrary to popular belief, overturning it would merely permit and not require states to prohibit abortion. To protect life, we also need to educate the public about the second victim of abortion, the mother who is subject to potential life long medical and emotional scarring."[46]

Political future
After he ended his run for president, Tancredo decided against running for reelection.[40] Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said he spoke to Tancredo about possible runs for governor or senate in 2010.[41]

Tom Tancredo is perhaps best known for his opposition to illegal immigration.[47] Tancredo founded the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus in May 1999. He served as its Chairman until January 2007, then turning the chairmanship over to Brian Bilbray.[48] Tancredo has called for halting illegal immigration, and a three-year moratorium on all legal immigration to allow those immigrants already in the country to be assimilated. Tancredo called for the deportation of the family of Jesus Apodaca, an illegal alien boy in a Denver high school. He was profiled in The Denver Post for his perfect grades, and publicly complained about having to pay the out-of-state tuition rate at the University of Colorado at Denver because he and his family had illegally entered in the United States.[49][50] Tancredo criticized the Denver Public Library system for purchasing reading materials written in Spanish and for offering space for classes to be held for these library users, on the grounds that puting Spanish-speakers

Tancredo traces his interest in politics to the eighth grade, when he played Fidel Castro in a class assignment. He urges America to reject "the siren song of multiculturalism" and depicts Islam as "a civilization bent on destroying ours." In September 2006, when Pope Benedict XVI gave a speech quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Mohammed had brought "things only evil and inhuman",[2] sparking Muslim anger throughout the world, Tancredo urged him not to apologize. In July, when Tancredo proposed that America respond to any future terrorist attack by bombing Mecca and other holy sites, John Podhoretz, writing on the National Review’s website, said: "Tom Tancredo is an idiot."[42]


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in a ’linguistic ghetto’ would delay their integration into American society. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper defended the library’s separate-language policies, as did Congresswoman Diana DeGette.[51] Tancredo’s outspoken advocacy for immigration reform, and particularly his criticism of President George W. Bush’s border security controls, have reportedly made him persona non grata in the White House.[52] According to Tancredo, he and Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove, got into a "screaming match" after Tancredo claimed that "if the nation suffered another attack at the hands of terrorists able to skirt immigration laws, the blood of the people killed" would be on Bush’s and Congress’ hands. Rove responded by calling Tancredo "a traitor to the party" and "a traitor to the president," and warned him to never "darken the doorstep of the White House."[52] Tancredo responded by stating that "the president’s position on immigration is going to hurt [him]. I want the president to win [the 2004 election]. I am not doing any of these things or saying any of these things because I want to hurt the Republican Party or the president".[53] National Review’s David Frum wrote that "[n]o issue, not one, threatens to do more damage to the Republican coalition than immigration".[54] In an interview, Tancredo said his falling out with the White House has lasted. "One reason I am persona non grata at the White House is not just because of immigration... but because I refuse to support him on his trade policy, his education policy, Medicare and prescription drugs initiatives.... Here was a Republican Congress increasing government to an extent larger than it had been increased since Medicare had come into existence."[55] Tancredo reported that his career in Congress was threatened by the leadership because of his stances. "I was called into Tom Delay’s office because I was supporting Republican challengers to Republican incumbents. I had a group called Team America that went out and did that. He called me and said to me, ’You’re jeopardizing your career in this place by doing these things.’ And I said, ’Tom, out of all the things you can threaten with me that is the least effective because I do not look at this place as a career.’"[55] Tancredo founded the Team America political action committee in 2004[56] in order to raise contributions for congressional

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candidates who opposed illegal immigration. Because of campaign law requirements, Tancredo was forced to resign from Team America PAC. The PAC was noted for targeting incumbent Congressman Chris Cannon in the 2006 Republican primary.[57] On February 3, 2005, Tancredo presented the Team America "American Patriot Award" to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain for "’taking an extra step to help protect our country’s borders’".[58] Tancredo sponsored legislation to eliminate H-1B visas for temporary workers in 2005. [59] However, his recent votes in that area have been only slightly more restrictive than the average member of Congress and earned a C+ from Americans for Better Immigration, a project of NumbersUSA, in that area of immigration policy. They awarded Tancredo a career score of 100% and a career grade of A+ for his opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens [60], his efforts to eliminate the automatic granting of citizenship to the babies of illegal aliens[61] and for his support of the interior enforcement of United States immigration laws[62]. In 2007, they awarded Tancredo a "Congressional Immigration Reduction Grade" of A+.[63] Tancredo was the sponsor of a successful, bi-partisan amendment to a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would withhold federal emergency services funds from ’sanctuary cities’ (municipalities pledged to help illegal aliens break the law).

On July 30, 2007, Tancredo "criticized Congressional Democrats for eliminating a requirement that anyone applying for Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) services provide proof of U.S. citizenship". According to Tancredo, "[t]he new Democrat plan would raise taxes and make it easier for illegal aliens to obtain taxpayer-funded medical benefits"[65]. Tancredo has made it a point in all of his public speeches to differentiate between those who enter the United States legally and those who come illegally. Many people are surprised when Tancredo frequently attends naturalization ceremonies to support new citizens for "doing it the right way".[66] Tancredo was criticized by pro-life forces for accepting over $20,000 in donations from John Tanton, founder of the Federation for


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American Immigration Reform and a founder of a Planned Parenthood chapter.[67]

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to share the stage with Congressman Tancredo at a pro-war rally for the Iraq war in 2003 because of Tancredo’s failure to serve in Vietnam. Mike Coffman is a former Marine who was deployed to the first Persian Gulf conflict more than a decade ago. After leaving a Colorado capitol stage in what he described as a personal protest Coffman said "I just didn’t feel (Tancredo) had the moral authority to send other young people off to war when he was not willing to go himself." In 1970 after Tancredo’s student deferments ran out, he appealed his 1-A draft status, which would have put him at the top of the list for draft eligibility during the Vietnam War. Tancredo was then given a 1-Y status, which put him at the bottom of the list after he reported that he had been treated for mental illness as a teenager. Tancredo said he was diagnosed with depression when he was 16 or 17 and received medication for five years for panic attacks and bouts of anxiety and depression. Because of Tancredo’s draft record, Coffman said he specifically asked organizers of the rally whether Tancredo would be speaking.[76] During a 2005 radio interview on Orlando talk-radio station WFLA AM 540, Tancredo responded to a questioner asking about the hypothetical U.S. response to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by al-Qaeda, by saying that one possible response would be to retaliate by "taking out" Muslim holy sites (specifically, Mecca) if it were clearly proven that Islamic terrorists were behind such an attack.[77][78] Several days later, in an interview on CNN together with James Zogby, Tancredo said that the attack was mentioned merely as a hypothetical response and insisted that there was nothing for which he should apologize. However, during a more recent townhall meeting in Iowa (July 31, 2007), Tancredo said that a threat to bomb Mecca and Medina was "the only thing I can think of" that could deter a nuclear terrorist attack. This statement drew substantial criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations [79], as well as State Department spokesman Tom Casey, who stated that "To somehow suggest that an appropriate response to terrorism would be to attack sites that are holy and sacred to more than a billion people throughout the world is just absolutely crazy."[80][81][82] During the Fox broadcast Republican Presidential Debate on May 15,

He was one of thirty-three congressmen to vote against the renewal of the Voting Rights Act because he asserted that its requirement of multilingual ballots would result in a costly unfunded mandate.[68] He was one of a handful of Republicans who voted for a bill proposed by Maurice Hinchey and Dana Rohrabacher to stop the Department of Justice from raiding medical marijuana patients and caregivers in states where medical marijuana is legal, citing states’ rights concerns.[69] On the other hand, Tancredo supports Federal action in what he considers its proper sphere. He has suggested state legislators and ’sanctuary city’ mayors should be imprisoned for passing laws contrary to federal immigration law.[70] He also supports the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban gay marriage nationally, and defended this position by stating a constitutional amendment is the "last resort" to neutralize judicial activism that would legalize gay marriage in courts, against the wishes of voters. The amendment would also use Constitutional means to prevent voters and legislators from legalizing gay marriage in their states.[71]

Fiscal policy
The National Taxpayers Union awarded Tancredo a grade of A for each year he has served in Congress. Tancredo was awarded a grade of A for votes he cast in 1999 to 2006 inclusively. [72]. Additionally, Tancredo received the National Taxpayers Union’s "Taxpayers’ Friend Award" in 1999 to 2006 inclusively as well [73] The award is given by the NTU to those members of Congress that are among "the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies".[74]

Foreign policy
Congressman Tancredo’s position on Iraq is: "America’s noble sacrifice has purchased Iraqis a precious opportunity for democratic change; it is now up to them to ensure success. Setting the President’s ‘November benchmark for shifting control’ as an actual timetable for disengagement will let regional powers and Iraqi factions cooperate to forge a new balance of power."[75] Fellow Republican State Treasurer Mike Coffman refused


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2007, he made a statement in passing that the root cause of Islamic terrorism is “a dictate of their religion.”[83] In September of 2007 Tancredo defended his remarks: "I still believe it is something we must consider as a possible deterrent because at the present time there are no negative consequences that would accrue to the people who commit a crime such as a nuclear, chemical or biological attack."[55]

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to its residents. However, it is neither naïve nor insulting to call attention to a real problem that cannot be easily dismissed through politically correct happy talk."[90] On December 12, 2006, Tancredo was publicly announced by the Rotary Club of Miami as its guest speaker.[91] The next day, the event was canceled by the restaurant. News reports said, "The manager of the restaurant where Tancredo was to speak, the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne, said Wednesday that the owners didn’t want him to appear on Thursday in order to keep up the integrity and reputation of the business. The manager also said staff members objected to working the party where his immigration talk was supposed to be held, some customers threatened to boycott the restaurant, and the restaurant had received bomb threats." Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa said "What is more ’Third World country’ than threatening to bomb the place?"[92] Tancredo referred to Miami as having been taken over by "thugs" and "separatists" and declared that "I knew speaking your mind could be dangerous in Havana — I guess it’s equally dangerous to do so in Miami. Apparently, there isn’t much of a difference between the two anymore."[93] In another incident, student protests against a Tancredo speech scheduled to be given at the Michigan State University College of Law on November 30, 2006 turned violent. Protestors tried to block Tancredo’s speech and police were called when protestors pulled a fire alarm prior to the speech on immigration policy. Michigan State University College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom sponsored the event. Protestors targeted their violence against student backers of the event. According to Tancredo, one of the student backers of the speech "was spit on, one was kicked, and one was punched". Protestors interrupted the speech with loud shouting. Tancredo said protestors organized on the Internet social networking site Facebook and "declared ahead of time on facebook that they would not allow me to speak"[94]. A journalist at RedState has criticized Tancredo for allegedly helping to found Planned Parenthood in the 1960s. Tancredo was financed by anti-immigration activist John Tanton, founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR was criticized for supporting sterilizations and

Immigration issues
Tancredo received negative publicity in 2002 when the Denver Post reported two illegal immigrants were among the crew hired to remodel his basement. Tancredo said he could not have known their immigration status — they were subcontractors hired by the contractors he hired.[84][85] On September 11, 2006, in Columbia, South Carolina, Tancredo spoke to a gathering of the "Americans Have Had Enough Coalition", which he had helped found. The League of the South also invited its own members to attend the event, describing Tancredo as their "guest". According to reports, the room in which Tancredo spoke had a prominent picture of Robert E. Lee and was draped with Confederate battle flags. At the closing of the event, men dressed in Confederate military uniforms reportedly began to sing "Dixie".[86] Several days later, Tancredo came under heavy criticism from a group of Denver ministers for attending the function, which followers of the League of the South also attended. In his defense, Tancredo said, "I gave it [the same speech] in probably five or six different venues, this was just one, all of them were open to the public. I don’t check people at the door for their private thoughts."[87] In a November 19, 2006 interview with WorldNetDaily, Tancredo referred to the city of Miami, Florida as a "Third World country."[88] His comments drew strong criticism from numerous political leaders and organizations, including Florida Governor Jeb Bush who, in a letter to the congressman, called Tancredo’s remarks "naive."[89] Tancredo replied in a letter, "I certainly understand and appreciate your need and desire to try and create the illusion of Miami as a multiethnic ’All American’ city," he said. "I can also appreciate ... that the cultural and ethnic diversity of the city offers many advantages


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RU-486 for third world women the one-child policy. FAIR received $1.5 million from a very-controversial group, The Pioneer Fund.

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[7] Right Web | Profile | Tom Tancredo [8] "Allard: No third term" M.E. Sprengelmeyer, January 15, 2007, Rocky [95] Mountain News In 2006, Tancredo published In Mortal [9] "Rocky omitted Tancredo’s reneging on Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and term-limits pledge in reporting he’s a Security through Joseph Farah’s WND Books possible replacement for Allard" Nov 17, in Nashville, Tennessee. The volume focuses 2006, Colorado Media Matters on American cultural identity and his propos[10] "’Break That Pledge,’ said the Lord" als to remedy what he conteds to be major Christopher Brauchli, May 1, 2004, The [96] flaws in the immigration system. Daily Camera On April 17, 2008, Tancredo alleged that [11] Sprengelmeyer, M.E. (February 22, Pope Benedict XVI was encouraging illegal 2006). "Churches out of step, Tancredo immigration to the USA to boost membership says". Rocky Mountain News. in the Catholic Church. In response to a statement by the Pope at a Mass in Washingdrmn/local/article/ ton, Tancredo stated, "I suspect the pope’s 0,1299,DRMN_15_4486482,00.html. immigration comments may have less to do Retrieved on 2006-11-30. with spreading the gospel than they do about [12] "On The Record". Denver Westword. recruiting new members of the church." August 5, 2005. While Tancredo was raised a Catholic, he now attends Cherry Hills Community Church, 2005-08-04/news/offlimits.html. [97][98]. In a an evangelical Christian church. Retrieved on 2007-02-05. rebuttal of Tancredo’s claim that the Catholic [13] Lewis, A. (February 3, 2009). "Tancredo Church "has been losing members rapidly," hit by hedge fund fallout". Denver Post. the USCCB publishes data that records over 150,000 adults being received into the Cathci_11619072. Retrieved on 2009-02-08. olic Church in 2007 through adult baptism [14] Svaldi, A. (February 3, 2009). "Boulder and other rites of acceptance. [99] firm tells investors to expect heavy On April 14, 2009, a speech by Tancredo losses". Denver Post. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was disrupted by students protesting his ci_11614219. Retrieved on 2009-02-08. views on immigration.[100] [15] z?d107:H.R.5531: (H.R. 5531). [16] Kelly , Denver Post Staff Writer, Sean (2001-08-09). "Tancredo, Lamm try to [1] See close U.S. doors Immigration bill calls 2007/11/28/tancredo-delights-in-rivalsfor 5- year ban". Denver Post: pp. A.01. trying-to-out-tancredo-tancredo/ ISSN 19302193. readart.cgi?ArtNum=208686&Disp=28&Trace=on pqdweb?did=77236567&Fmt=7&clientId=13322&R Retrieved on 2009-03-02. archives/individual/2005_12/007685.php [17] Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress) usrepresentatives/p/tom_tancredo.htm [18] Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress) 0,2933,287385,00.html [19] Search Results - THOMAS (Library of [2] The Denver Post - Tancredo chases Congress) White House [20] Search Results - THOMAS (Library of [3] Tancredo to Abandon Presidential Bid Congress) Associated Press Dec 19, 2007 [21] [4] Tancredo Not Seeking Re-election CBS z?c109:H.CON.RES.69.IH: H. Con. Res. News Oct 29, 2007. 69 [5] Ancestry of Tom Tancredo [22] [6] The Denver Post - Firebrand Tancredo z?d110:HC00073:@@@L&summ2=m& puts policy over party line H. Con. Res. 73



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Tom Tancredo

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Succeeded by Mike Coffman from Colorado’s 6th congressional district January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2009 • Genealogy of Tom Tancredo Interviews • July 1,2007 interview, Rocky Mountain News • Interview with Tom Tancredo at Right Wing News • Tom Tancredo talks about his book In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security • Tancredo on the Record by Amanda Griscom Little Media coverage • Run, Tom, run! by Jane Chastain • Onward and upward: looking to 2008 by Ken Marotte • Denver Post Column: "Tancredo for president in 2008? Well, why not?" • Congressman: Destroying sites option if U.S. attacked • mp3 audio file of "bomb holy sites" radio interview(alternate site) • Rating by League of Conservation Voters • Rolling Stone Article on Tom Tancredo • NPR tackles Tancredo by Brent Bozell • Tancredo’s anti-immigrant credo gaining by James P. Pinkerton • Tancredo’s Raw Truth About Terrorism by Diana West • He supports Tancredo’s ’strong anti-illegal immigration campaign’ by Gary Kastrup • Why The Immigration Debate Matters by Jane Roh • Tancredo for president by Joseph Farah

[97] Tancredo slams pope on immigration The Denver Post [98] NY Times Advertisement [99] USCCB - (Office of Media Relations) The Catholic Church in the United States At A Glance [100]UNC officials apologize to Tancredo" " Published: April 16, 2009, UPI

• In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security. WND Books, 2006. (ISBN 1-58182-527-7)

External links
Presidential • H.R. 946 The Mass Immigration Reduction Act of 2003 Congressional • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress • Voting record maintained by The Washington Post • Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission • Campaign contributions at • Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart • Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues • Profile at SourceWatch Congresspedia Documentaries, topic pages and databases • PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer — Vote 2008: Tom Tancredo • Tom Tancredo Ranking in Spartan Internet Political Performance Index Weekly • Tom Tancredo at the Open Directory Project

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