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Cochran Edges Tea Party Challenger, Rangel Leads in NY

McDaniel eyes legal challenge in Mississippi

(Newser) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has edged out Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in an extremely tight run-off election, according to the AP , which gives the six-term GOP veteran 51% to McDaniel's 49% with 99% of precincts reporting. The heated three-week race saw Cochran take the unusual step of... More »

Tom Tancredo Reneges on Pot Bet, Blames Family

Says wife, grandkids livid he would smoke

(Newser) - Former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo has backed out of his promise to smoke some legal pot after losing a bet on whether Colorado voters would back legalization. Tancredo—who has never smoked marijuana but supported legalization—says he decided against having "just a puff" with filmmaker Adam Hartle after... More »

Conservative Tancredo Will Honor Bet, Smoke Pot

Ex-congressman in Colorado promised during referendum campaign

(Newser) - When Colorado voters approved legal marijuana in November, one of the surprise backers of the referendum was conservative former congressman Tom Tancredo. Not that Tancredo indulges himself—he just thinks the federal government wastes too much money trying to enforce pot laws. In his support of the referendum, Tancredo told... More »

Tancredo Launches Third-Party Run

Immigration firebrand issues ultimatum to GOP

(Newser) - Tom Tancredo has officially launched a third-party campaign for governor of Colorado. The former congressman has issued an ultimatum to the two Republicans running for the GOP nomination, telling them that if they don’t get out of the race, they’ll face him as a potential spoiler. Tancredo believes... More »

Arizona the 'Meth Lab of Democracy': Stewart

And how about that birther bill, and the concealed weapons, and the.....

(Newser) - Hey, Arizona, Jon Stewart has news for you: Tom Tancredo thinks your immigration bill goes too far…and that means you have a problem. This is Tom Tancredo, after all—“the guy who called Miami a third world country and said the Minutemen border patrol aren’t vigilantes, they’... More »

Meghan McCain Rips Palin's 'Retarded' Double Standard

'Exactly what's wrong with politics today'

(Newser) - Meghan McCain had some harsh words for Sarah Palin, Tom Tancredo, and the whole Tea Party movement on The View yesterday. McCain, who says she avoided the Tea Party convention because of "ideological differences," said Palin's double standard about the use of the word "retarded" is "... More »

Tancredo: Illiterate Voters Elected 'Socialist' Obama

But things would be even worse if McCain had been elected

(Newser) - Tom Tancredo kicked off the National Tea Party Convention last night with a full blast of vitriol, saying “Barack Hussein Obama” had been elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote. People who could not even spell the word vote, or say... More »

Aide's Plea in Hate Crime Undercuts Tancredo

Speechwriter used racial slur, karate chop

(Newser) - An aide to Tom Tancredo has pleaded guilty to a hate crime, compromising the former congressman's credibility as he helps lead the opposition to Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, the Washington Independent reports. Marcus Epstein, executive director of the onetime Republican presidential candidate's PAC, copped to using a... More »

Tancredo Throws in Towel

GOP longshot candidate couldn't get any traction, backs Mitt

(Newser) - Republican hopeful Tom Tancredo abandoned his long-shot bid for the presidency this afternoon, reports the AP, and in turn gave his endorsement to rival Mitt Romney. The Colorado congressman has been pushing his hardline views on illegal immigration throughout the campaign but hasn't been able to get his poll numbers... More »

Immigration Fervor Could Burn GOP

Rollback of Bush’s Hispanic-friendly stance is risky

(Newser) - The GOP contenders embracing anti-immigrant fervor may be sorely miscalculating, Ryan Lizza writes in the New Yorker, in a piece looking at the party's dramatic turn from the Bush strategy of cultivating immigrants in 2000 and 2004. The nativist passions Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have been fanning appeal to... More »

In Pa. Field, 9/11 Memorial Takes Shape

Critics see crescent of Islam, but Flight 93 project goes forward

(Newser) - New York isn't the only city with a stalled, controversial 9/11 memorial. In Shanksville, Pa., site of the crash of Flight 93, the new memorial park's architect has proposed an arc of red maple trees around the crater formed by the plane. But, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, some conservative columnists... More »

From Whispers, GOP Hopefuls Aim for a Roar

Backchannel back-stabbing on rise ahead of Iowa poll

(Newser) - With second-tier candidates sensing that Saturday's straw poll may be their last, best chance to stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Iowa is abuzz with whispering campaigns, Slate's John Dickerson says. The homegrown negative ads are a major tool for cash-poor politicians with names like Tancredo, Brownback... More »

GOP Candidates Play Nice in Iowa Debate

Repubs target Dems with tough talk on war, abortion, Obama

(Newser) - The Republican presidential candidates were mostly civil to each other in today's debate in Iowa, but they hammered Democrats on foreign policy and taxes. The tensest exchange occurred early, the Washington Post reports, when Sam Brownback accused Mitt Romney’s wife of working for Planned Parenthood. Romney called the charge... More »

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