Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., hit the media circuit on Monday, talking about a variety of immigration-related issues, while debate continued to stir in the press over his recent ads that link immigration to terrorism.
On Fox News’ “Your World” with Neil Cavuto, Tancredo discussed a Washington Times article that reported the Islamic terrorists who reportedly tried to plan an attack on an Arizona Army base last May were aided by Mexican drug smugglers.
In response to the news, Tancredo said, “There is no doubt that the Mexican border and the Northern border are porous, and through those borders are coming people who are absolutely determined to kill us.”
He later appeared on CNN’s “Headline News” with Glen Beck to talk about businesses that profit from money transfers across the U.S. border.
In his most recent column, LA Times writer and humorist Joel Stein chronicled his lunch with Tancredo at a Mexican restaurant in Iowa last month. Stein said he was surprised to discover that Mexican was one Tancredo’s favorite foods, given the Congressman’s staunch anti-immigration stance. “Food and music are things America has always been able to accommodate and benefit from,” Tancredo said in the article.
Despite their differences in opinion, Stein wrote, “I never liked someone I disagreed with so strongly. He believes he is doing the best thing for his country. I watched him talk to rabid anti-immigrant groups for two days, and he never spoke with anger, just sadness that something he loves is being lost. Tancredo may be a reactionary, a xenophobe and a nationalist, but he isn’t a racist.”
A week earlier, Tancredo stopped in a Concord, N.H., hair salon for a haircut — with a twist, the Union Leader reported. Hair Biz salon owner David Holden, inspired by the press that Democratic candidate John Edwards garnered for his own costly coif, propositioned all the presidential contenders to receive a $400 haircut with all the profits donated to Autism research. Tancredo, Republican Mike Huckabee and Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich are the only candidates who have taken up the offer thus far.
Looking ahead, Tancredo is gearing up for Wednesday night’s CNN-YouTube Republican debate and will campaign in New Hampshire later in the week.