Tancredo Stands Ground on Mecca - GOP Candidates Go on Attack Over Bombing Remark

August 6, 2007

Author: M.E. Sprengelmeyer

Source: Rocky Mountain News


DES MOINES, Iowa - Fellow Republicans repudiated Rep. Tom Tancredo on Sunday over his controversial comments threatening to target Muslim holy sites as a deterrent to Islamic terrorism.

During a Republican presidential debate from Drake University in Des Moines, Tancredo, R-Colorado, stood behind his two-year-old deterrent strategy, which created another international uproar this week when he raised it during an Iowa campaign stop.

Tancredo has said he sees no other way to deter a potential nuclear attack by Islamic terrorists except to threaten to destroy the Muslim holy sites of Mecca and Medina.