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Monday, July 02, 2007

Back Roads to the White House: Back Roads Interview with Rep. Tom Tancredo

Excerpted from this post at Back Roads to the White House

I can't remember when I first met Rep. Tom Tancredo. He didn't used to be as memorable as he has become. But I've known him since 1999, when I worked in my first remote outpost for the Rocky Mountain News -- the dearly departed Douglas County bureau on the southern end of his congressional district. Since being shifted to "the other D.C. bureau" at the end of 2000, I have interviewed Tancredo in person or on the telephone at least a few times per month -- sometimes, up to five times in a single week depending on the "rhetoric alert level." I've talked to him or heard him talk so many times that on Friday, when he was late for an appointment with the Professional Educators of Iowa in Des Moines, I jokingly offered to recite his stump speech for the handful of people waiting around a table. I offered up one obscure line he often uses with small crowds: "I've traveled farther to meet with fewer people." Used almost the same words I had predicted -- causing giggles in the room.

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