15 May 2007 at 10:28 PM EST

A Quick Recap

Posted by Mike Tate in First-In-The-South Presidential Debate | Comments (12) | Permalink

You heard it from Tancredo himself. We're the "last, best hope."

Tancredo totally owned this debate.

*** post-debate transcript insertion ***

MR. HUME: Congressman Tancredo, let me give you the last word in this round. Go ahead, sir.

REP. TANCREDO: Well, let me just say that it's almost unbelievable to listen to this in a way. We're talking about -- we're talking about it in such a theoretical fashion. You say that -- that nuclear devices have gone off in the United States, more are planned, and we're wondering about whether waterboarding would be a -- a bad thing to do? I'm looking for "Jack Bauer" at that time, let me tell you. (Laughter, applause.)

And -- and there is -- there is nothing -- if you are talking about -- I mean, we are the last best hope of Western civilization. And so all of the theories that go behind our activities subsequent to these nuclear attacks going off in the United States, they go out the window because when -- when we go under, Western civilization goes under. So you better take that into account, and you better do every single thing you can as president of the United States to make sure, number one, it doesn't happen -- that's right -- but number two, you better respond in a way that makes them fearful of you because otherwise you guarantee something like this will happen.

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Yet more applause for TOM!! Again, OUTSTANDING!!! He nailed this response. A great showing for Tom overall.

Mr. Tancredo had the best lines of the night:

"I'll be looking for Jack Bauer."

"...conversion on the road to Damascus not on the road to Des Moines."

Thank you, sir, for your strong and patriotic words for America. You have risen to the top tier. Kudos! You won hands down.

Tom, You are awesome.
You came off as a non-interventionist in foriegn policy (not anti-war, not pro-war) and that's where the american people are in my opinion, and at the same time you said that you would defend the United States if necessary.
I loved it when you said we are the last best hope for western civilization.
You had a great response about gas being a security issue when we are buying it from people who want to kill us.
You won this debate.
Keep hammering the imigration issue. Keep hammering the non-intervention but will defend the United States when necessary policy. These are the 2 biggest issues and you are RIGHT and the only one right on these issues.

Tom was awesome tonight. He came out swinging! Loved it! Kudos Tom. You rock!

I think Tom won the debate tonight, hands down. Now to a lot of people it will appear that he wasn't given enough time, which is partly true. However that was in very large part due to his sucess... let me explain.

An entire part was dedicated to make people defend their non-conservative records to the conservative base. Tom didn't take part in that discussion because his record is perfect. Sheer Gold. Nice Jack Bower Line, by the way, I loved it. And I wish the crowd would have booed the guy who said that US invited 9/11, what bs.

I want to start calling people in my state about the campaign, I've already ignited a Tancredo following in my school. People would love to have TOm if they only knew he was out there. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

I think Tom won the debate tonight, hands down. Now to a lot of people it will appear that he wasn't given enough time, which is partly true. However that was in very large part due to his sucess... let me explain.

An entire part was dedicated to make people defend their non-conservative records to the conservative base. Tom didn't take part in that discussion because his record is perfect. Sheer Gold. Nice Jack Bower Line, by the way, I loved it. And I wish the crowd would have booed the guy who said that US invited 9/11, what bs.

I want to start calling people in my state about the campaign, I've already ignited a Tancredo following in my school. People would love to have TOm if they only knew he was out there. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Congressman Tancredo did a very nice job this evening. His performance was much improved over the first debate, he made solid points -- while he owns the immigration issues, he is proving that his appeal is much broader and well rounded. He would be a much better President then the so-called "first tier" candidates; hopefully we can turn the tide in this campaign.

A real American who loves his country and believes in enforcing the law and protecting the USA. "Second tier?" Hardly.

Fantastic job, Tom. Was a pleasure to meet you on the border at the cookout -- common sense, courteous, and correct on what the country needs.

You need someone to work at your HQ in Arizona for free when you get out here, look me up.

Tony Ford
GOP State Committeeman
Legislative District 11
Phoenix, AZ

Congressman Tancredo is knowledgeable, passionate and no hypocrite when it comes to being an unabashed conservative. Thank you for restoring hope to voters like myself that we have a true all around conservative to vote for. Way to go Tom!!!

With all due respect to what Senator McCain endured in captivity ... it's a different war now with a different enemy ... Tom gets it ... it's about survival ... the gloves come off ... I've seen too many beheadings for my tastes.

Way to go Tom! Steven Thomma of McClatchy Newspapers quoted you in an Atlanta Journal Constitution article this morning. The two paragraphs are as follows:

Later, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado echoed the complaint, saying that several of his rivals started taking more conservative stands on issues such as abortion, gun control and illegal immigration only after deciding to run for the White House.

"I trust those conversions when they happen on the road to Damascus, not on the road to Des Moines," he said.

Out of the nine debaters, 5 were quoted and you were one of those. I am glad to see this on the third page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Tom, keep it up.

When are you coming to Georgia? We need you. We have one of the highest illegal Hispanic populations in the country.

Lorane

Tom is the only man with the guts to say what is true - that the Koran says to kill non Muslims.

We are indeed the last great hope.

Thanks Tom.

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