Long-shot contender hoping for N.H. upset
Tancredo is 24-carat conservative standard for presidential hopefuls
Some Republican presidential contenders call themselves conservatives, and on fiscal matters or social issues, some are on the right side of the spectrum.
But Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., carrying on his presidential campaign here in New Hampshire over the past few days, is the full-spectrum, 24-carat conservative on everything from entitlement spending to abortion to illegal immigrants to the threat of a rapidly arming China...
Do illegal immigrants want citizenship?
...Ronald Oplinus, a retired electrical engineer who also showed up to see Tancredo at the campaign headquarters opening, said illegal immigrants “should not be given a path to citizenship. In reality, most illegals in this country do not want to become citizens; we know that because they’ve made no effort to assimilate or to hide.”
Oplinus said he voted for Bush in 2004 and in 2000, but now describes himself as an ex-Republican who has become an independent conservative.
Asked whether Bush and GOP leaders are misreading public opinion on immigration and if so, why, Oplinus, “I don’t think they misread public opinion; I think they’re just ignoring it… I think the president may be in the pocket of big business. I think they’re just totally ignoring us; they don’t really care what we think. They will find out the next election.”
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