Statement Announcing His Candidacy for
April 2, 2007
The history of America is the story of men and women who have devoted and sacrificed themselves to the survival and success of that idea. Americans have fought and died for this cause in every century of our existence, and on every continent on the planet, for one purpose: to protect the gift of human liberty entrusted to us the Founders.
That gift is our birthright; its defense is our duty.
Today that idea, the idea of America itself, is under attack. But not only by who you think.
While we fight around the world to defend our nation, we are entrenched now in a struggle here at home to define it. The crisis of illegal immigration threatens not only our economy and our security, but our very identity - the idea of America is under attack.
Nearly 20 million illegal aliens are living in the United States today - roughly equivalent to the populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia combined. Unlike legal immigrants, who have for more than 200 years come to be a part of our nation, illegal immigrants today come to be apart from our nation.
The great tradition of American assimilation has broken down. The melting pot has cracked, and our Founding ideals are leaking through.
Illegal immigrants wait in no lines, pay no dues, and thus assume no responsibility for or devotion to America's founding ideals and traditional values. They enter illegally, demand social services, refuse our language, and take our jobs, asking not what they can do for their country, only what our country can do for them.
This attitude has been tolerated and even encouraged by our political and economic elite, for reasons ranging from the misguided to the cynical to the treasonous.
Some might ask what it says about a country who cannot defend its borders. I ask what it says about a country who chooses not to in deference to criminals loyal to another nation, and corporations loyal to none.
For too long Americans have been force-fed candidates who ignore or mock their valid concerns about the security of our borders, the enforcement of our immigration laws, and the survival of our national heritage. That ends today.
I am running for President to give Americans a voice, to win this fight, to preserve the sacred ideals of the nation our soldiers are fighting to protect, and to succeed in this struggle for our identity and survival.
One last chance for the last, best, hope of earth.
Official - Tom Announces for
President - 10AM EST, Monday 2
Excerpts From Congressman Tancredo's President Campaign Announcement Statement
While we fight around the world to defend our nation, we are entrenched now in a struggle here at home to define it. The crisis of illegal immigration threatens not only our economy and our security, but our very identity...The great tradition of American assimilation has broken down. The melting pot has cracked, and our Founding ideals are leaking through....For too long Americans have been force-fed candidates who ignore or mock their valid concerns about the security of our borders, the enforcement of our immigration laws, and the survival of our national heritage. That ends today.
Congressman Tancredo Officially
Announces Presidential Bid with
(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) officially announced his candidacy for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination today, during an appearance on Jan Mickelson’s talk radio show in Des Moines, Iowa.
“The outpouring of support we have received over the past three months has been tremendous and, frankly, it has far exceeded what I anticipated,” Congressman Tancredo said during an interview prior to his announcement.
“Republicans want a candidate who is a conservative with no ifs, ands, or buts. Clearly, the current top tier of Republican candidates is not filling the bill.”
Tancredo, a five-term Congressman and the founder of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, is making border security and no amnesty for illegal aliens the centerpiece of his campaign.
“Wherever I go, Americans of all backgrounds and political beliefs thank me for standing up for them against the Establishment politicians who are selling out our nation. These good people feel abandoned by those in Washington and justifiably so. They have the right to be represented in this race and I am determined to be there for them.”
After his appearance on the Mickelson show, Tancredo went on a 20 interview radio blitz. Monday marked the end of a 4-day Iowa trip. He will then continue onto New Hampshire for a 2-day swing
Important message from Congressman Tom Tancredo
April 2, 2007
I wanted you to be the first to know. I will be announcing my intentions to run for president of the United States on a national radio announcement blitz beginning this morning on the Jan Mickelson talk radio show in Des Moines, Iowa. [You may be able to hear the announcement at 9am, Central time, by clicking here]
The outpouring of support I have received over the past three months has been tremendous and, frankly, it has far exceeded what I ever anticipated. I am truly humbled and want to thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in me.
Wherever I go, Americans like you--of all backgrounds and political beliefs--thank me for standing up for them against the Establishment politicians who have become pawns of corporate America. They believe Washington is selling out our nation, and they are right.
As a Congressman, and for the previous 20 years, I have done everything in my power to stop the sellout. I can not abandon our cause now, and we can not lose this battle. The consequences are too grave. And so it is with the strength that comes from knowing you are at my side that I will announce my intentions to run for the presidency of this great country in just a few hours.
Thank you for the honor of representing you in this effort.