Rep. Tancredo Reacts to Lack of Action on Border Bills

This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," September 26, 2006, that was edited for clarity.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Meanwhile, crunch time on Capitol Hill, as the House takes another shot at securing America's borders. Welcome, everybody. I'm Neil Cavuto, and this is "Your World."

House Speaker Dennis Hastert trying to push through legislation to deport illegal and criminal immigrants. A handful of House border bills are now in the hands of the Senate, but, with only three days left, only one — one — is likely to even come up for a vote at all.

Reaction now from Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

Congressman, this does not look good for your cause.

REP. TOM TANCREDO, R-COLO.: Well, it looks better now.

Neil, there's two ways to look at this. The glass is half-empty or half-full. I mean, actually, we are happy that we are going to get anything done. The House has passed a series of bills, as you say.

I think the Senate is going to blink on at least one, because we have been in this little eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation here for a while. But I think...

CAVUTO: Bill Frist.

You probably know the sentiments of some of your colleagues in the Senate far better than I do, Congressman, but the read I’m getting is even that measure is far from a sure thing in the Senate. So, I don’t want to stress the half-empty glass, but let me pose that half-empty-glass question to you.

If — if Congress were to recess without action on any of these measures that you hold dear, what then?

TANCREDO: John McCain comes to mind, a — a front-running presidential candidate. Do you like his position on immigration?

TANCREDO: No, I do not, absolutely not.

CAVUTO: Because he’s a lot softer...


CAVUTO: So — so, let me...


TANCREDO: It’s — it’s way too soft.

CAVUTO: All right. So, he’s your party nominee in `08, or looking like he could be, is that your way of saying, "I’m running, if that’s the case?"

TANCREDO: Brother, you are something else.


TANCREDO: You — you really do like to press it.

I will run if there are no other top-dog candidates that are going to take on the issue. And I have told you that before. And I — and I mean that.

CAVUTO: OK. So, John McCain — John McCain is the nominee, Congressman.


CAVUTO: Could you accept him as your nominee?

TANCREDO: Boy, I don’t want to cross that bridge now.

CAVUTO: OK. Tom Tancredo, very good seeing you.

TANCREDO: Likewise.

CAVUTO: All right.

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