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Colo. Lawmaker Considers Run For President

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), one of Congress's most outspoken opponents of illegal immigration and guest-worker programs, said yesterday that he will take the first step toward a 2008 presidential bid.

Tancredo said in a statement that he decided to form a presidential exploratory committee after visiting Iowa last weekend.

"The one thing I heard over and over is that they don't believe the other contenders care about the same things that they do," Tancredo, 61, said.

None of the White House candidates, the five-term lawmaker added, "reflects the grass-roots, majority belief of Americans that our borders must be secured, that employers who hire illegals must be prosecuted, and that no one who has broken our immigration laws should ever be put on a 'pathway to citizenship.' "

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