New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's leap
into the growing pool of GOP presidential candidates on Tuesday was a big dud, former Rep. Tom Tancredo tells Newsmax.
"Usually you try to set out something that will distinguish you from the rest of the pack and it's a big and growing pack, of course," Tancredo, a former Colorado Republican member of the House of Representatives, said on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"What does he do? He claims to be the moderate. The peacemaker. The guy that can reach across the aisle. Well, I got news for you governor, you're not the first one to try that.
"About 70 percent of that pack that you're in will claim that mantle and have more claim to it than even you. Jeb Bush for one, so where do you think you're going to get the support?"
Tancredo — who ran for president in 2008 and is author of "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security,"
published by Cumberland House — said Christie's "compromise" rhetoric doesn't make sense.
"Where do you think all these moderates are in the party who are just waiting for somebody who will say 'you know, I'm the guy that can reach across the aisle?' I'm so sick of that anyway," Tancredo said.
In his first campaign speech in Livingston, N.J., Christie brought up the Revolutionary War, saying, “If Washington and Jefferson and Adams had believed compromise is a dirty word, we’d still be under the crown of England."
The analogy roiled Tancredo.
"That's some sort of Common Core history. Where did this come from? … George Washington, [Thomas] Jefferson sitting across the table from King George saying 'hey, we can work things out. I want to reach across the aisle.' Yeah right. What is he, Goofy? This is just nuts," Tancredo said.
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