Posted on November 17, 2006

Tancredo Keeping Options Open

M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 17, 2006

Rep. Tom Tancredo is keeping all of his options open, but he’s not ready to follow some big-name Republicans who have started filing papers to launch exploratory committees for the 2008 presidential race.

Tancredo, R-Littleton, strolled to re-election in his safely Republican, south suburban district. He said Thursday he still has not decided whether mounting a long- shot presidential bid, running for the U.S. Senate or staying in the House of Representatives will be the best way to advance his conservative agenda.

Tancredo first began joking about a presidential bid in early 2005. All along, he has conceded he would have no realistic chance of winning but said the threatened candidacy was a way of pressuring other contenders to take up his fight against illegal immigration.

Tancredo said he has been content to sit on the sidelines this week as bigger-name Republican presidential contenders took the first, formal steps to launch exploratory bids.

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He also is waiting for two-term Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Loveland, to decide whether he will honor a term-limits pledge and leave at the end of 2008.

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