Tancredo will look into a run for the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, said Tuesday he will form an exploratory committee this week for a possible presidential campaign.
After making a weekend trip to Iowa, home to the first nominating caucus in January 2008, Tancredo said voters there told him other presidential candidates don't share their views.
"They believe that there is a void in this race that none of the other candidates are willing or able to fill," said Tancredo, who plans to remain in the House.
Tancredo has said immigration would be a central issue if he does run. Campaign spokesman Tim Haley said on Tuesday that Tancredo would also push conservative themes such as opposition to abortion.
Haley said grass-roots leaders in Iowa told Tancredo they want a "true conservative" in the race to counter other potential GOP candidates, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who are seen as moderates by some.
While in Iowa, Tancredo promoted his book, "In Mortal Danger," which warns about the need to secure U.S. borders.
Tancredo was partly testing the support among Iowa Republicans for McCain, who has proposed a guest worker program for illegal immigrants.
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