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Thursday, December 20, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I guess Tancredo didn’t think he could hang on long enough for the brokered convention: Tom Tancredo to Drop Out of Presidential Race

Tancredo, who has aggressively pushed his anti-illegal immigration message throughout the GOP primary race, has not been able to break through in the polls against his better known competitors. He and California Rep. Duncan Hunter typically poll in the single digits behind Texas Rep. Ron Paul in national surveys.

Tancredo would not personally confirm whether he will pull out of the race.

“I will neither confirm nor deny that report,” Tancredo told FOX News. But he added, “I wouldn’t have a press conference if I didn’t have anything to say.”

I guess the operative question is: apart from being allowed to participate in a series of joint press conference/PR stops debates, was he every really in the race to begin with?

It is comforting that someone as nativist as Tancredo could only break into the single digits. Still, it isn’t as if candidates from both parties aren’t trying to pick up the mantle.

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1 Comment

  1. Well, I loathe Tom Tancredo and everything he stands for. Yet I am sorry to see him leave the race. I tend to think more candidates (better yet, more parties) are better than fewer. (Sure, there could be an upper limit, but it would well north of where we are.) And when candidates drop out before a single vote has been cast, democracy is weakened.

    Comment by MSS — Thursday, December 20, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

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