Is Tancredo Too 'Tough On Terror'?
Tom Tancredo starts a new TV ad in Iowa this week that is sure to raise eyebrows, and provoke conversations. "Tough on Terror" is Tancredo's attempt at the famous 'Daisy' ad, but will it have the same impact?
Tancredo starts the ad by saying he approves the message, "because someone needs to say it."
Cut to a hooded man with a backpack walking from a mall parking lot, into the mall, as an announcer says:
"There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20 million aliens who have come to take our jobs. Islamic terrorists now freely roam U.S. soil, Jihadists who froth with hate here to do as they have in London, Spain, Russia. The price we pay for spineless politicians who refuse to defend our borders against those who come to kill."
By the end of the announcement, the hooded man has entered the mall, taken a seat at a bench, put his backpack on the side of the bench, and walks away. Then the sound of an explosion, and a fade to black.
A companion radio ad will also air in Iowa.
"According to FBI reports, al Qaeda may be planning to strike at shopping malls later this year. And the candidates for president are talking about health care and energy policy? I'm Tom Tancredo and I say all issues pale in comparison to the fact that Islamic jihadists are here and plotting our destruction," the radio ad says in part. Indeed there are reports of terror threats against shopping malls in Chicago and Los Angeles, but the FBI cautions it has received similar warnings around the holiday season every year since the 9/11 attacks.
"I wouldn't call [the ads] over the top or alarmist at all," says Tancredo campaign spokesman Alan Moore. "I would call it recognizing a fact that illegal immigration is a threat to national security, and that's what we're trying to convey there," Moore says. The TV ad starts airing in Iowa this week, with plans to air it "through the Iowa caucus," Moore says. It will air later in New Hampshire, and Moore says the campaign has plans to air it nationally, though he didn't have details immediately available. Tancredo aired a few TV ads over the summer, and has produced effective direct-to-YouTube appeals aimed at voters, and other candidates.
Tancredo has spent most of his time campaigning in Iowa, according to washingtonpost.com's Campaign Tracker, but his events are few and far between.
"Yea, this is a scary commercial. I understand that, but it's a scary world in which we live. These are real threats," the retiring five-term Congressman tells Radio Iowa. "If you are going to run for president of the United States of America, you'd better tell people what you're going to do about this."
Is the scenario this ad suggests something that presidential candidates should discuss more explicitly? Or is this just a last-ditch effort by a long-shot presidential candidate? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
-- Ed O'Keefe
By Ed O'Keefe |
November 13, 2007; 6:17 AM ET
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