Sabato's Crystal Ball

Tommy Tancredo

Republican Nominee

UVA Center for Politics January 1st, 2008

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Tommy Tancredo had decided to put all his eggs in one basket, concentrating solely on his presidential campaign and announcing he will retire from the House of Representative at the end of this term. Concentrating on one thing at a time seems to be a thing with this Colorado Representative, who has staked his political platform on one main pillar: immigration. He wears only white shirts and sees himself as the most conservative candidate in the race, opposing almost all gay rights and vowing to appoint strict constructionist judges. The American Conservative Union agrees with Tancredo’s claims, giving him the highest rating of any presidential candidate: a lifetime rating of 99 out of 100. Tancredo and the ACU still have some convincing to do, however, as Tancredo’s results in both national and early states polls have been much less impressive.

Biography

Tancredo was born into a family of Italian immigrants in Colorado, and graduated from the University of North Colorado. During the Reagan administration, he served as a regional representative for the Department of Education, and was later elected to the House of Representatives in 1999. Tancredo and his family live in Littleton, Colorado, site of the 1999 Columbine shootings.