NEXT PRESIDENT WILL TONE DOWN ANTI-IMMIGRATION RHETORIC – Opinion, Yahoo
Sat Feb 9, 7:56 PM ETSo much for Tancredoism.
Tom Tancredo is the Colorado congressman who ran for the Republican presidential nomination on a simple platform of nativism and undisguised contempt for illegal immigrants. Since his ill-tempered and simplistic views reflected the sentiments of the hard-core Republican base, several other members of the GOP field adopted a similar mean-spirited rhetoric.
It’s great to see that McCain’s competition couldn’t push him down by labeling him an amnesty advocate. This article gives us a good quote from McCain which he spoke at one of the debates:
“We must recognize these are God’s children as well,” he said. “They need our love and compassion, and I want to ensure that I will enforce the borders first. But we won’t demagogue it.”
While other Republican candidates went from blaming migrants for terrorism to simply convincing the public that they were more intolerant of migrants than their voting records and policies suggested McCain elected to stay out of the migrant bashing himself.
Now, McCain is the likely Republican nominee. Among the losers in last Tuesday’s mega-primary was the Tancredo Credo, which placed illegal immigrants at the center of every peril and every problem facing the American voter. With both remaining Democrats — Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — having voted for comprehensive immigration reform, there is little chance the Oval Office will be occupied by an anti-immigration mossback.
I know we need to work towards correcting our immigration system so having tolerant and level-headed politicians at the helm certainly makes me feel we have a better chance at a proper and compassionate solution.