DAILY CALLER — Former Colorado congressman and famed immigration hawk Tom Tancredo is on the campaign trail for Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward in her primary bid against John McCain this week, and he’s looking to get even with the senator over his immigration stances.
“I’ve had a long history with John McCain just in terms of our positions on the issues of immigration,” Tancredo told The Daily Caller Monday during a phone interview. “For as long as I was in Congress, he was the most stalwart opponent of any kind of true reform that we wanted to try to accomplish. He is a champion of open borders. He is a complete hypocrite on the issue.”
The conservative politico explained that he saw McCain as equally bad as Democrats when it came to the issue of border security, as well as a servant for the Chamber of Congress, a notable supporter of increasing immigration.
“You know, I had two huge problems in Congress trying to do anything in a positive way about immigration reform,” Tancredo said. “One was the Democrat Party that saw massive immigration, both legal and illegal, as a source of voter replenishment in their pool, and the other was the Republican Party that saw that same phenomenon and licked their chops because they saw lots of cheap labor. The Chamber of Commerce is the greatest opponent of open borders and their champion has always been John McCain.”
One of the things that irks Tancredo the most about McCain is the senator’s promise to “complete the dang fence” during the 2010 Senate primary, yet failing to deliver on it. The former representative sees this as obvious hypocrisy.