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Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., fresh from victory in three online presidential straw polls over formidable candidates, told Joseph Farah’s radio audience today he would run for president in 2008 if no other Republican candidate takes the border issue seriously.
“I’ll tell you what,” he said, “if no one else does it, I will do it.”
Tancredo is the head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus and has challenged his own party’s president on the issue of an insecure border and his proposed “guest worker” proposal.
In an inventive online straw poll of 64 possible Republican presidential candidates, Tancredo has blown away three high-profile opponents and is heading to the final eight showdown matching up Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Bill Frist, Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice and J.C. Watts.
In earlier contests, Tancredo knocked off former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain in the first round, talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh in the second and Sen. John Thune in the third round. He now faces Barbour to make it to the final four.
Tancredo has been the biggest vote-getter in the contest to date.
Each day through April 4, new surveys winnow the candidates down to a single mock GOP nominee.
(Posted on March 29, 2005)