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"Cash and carry" Continued...

Issue: "Don't run, Newt," April 14, 2007

Other candidates are still entering the race and hoping to carve out niches. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) formally announced his candidacy on April 2, saying he joined the race because no other Republicans were going to make illegal immigration "the primary issue of their campaign." Tancredo, who opposes creating a guest-worker program, told an Iowa conservative talk show host: "The melting pot is cracked."

One sign of turbulence: Republican Fred Thompson, a former senator and Law and Order actor, immediately scored double digits in recent national polls after saying he was "giving some thought" to running for president. Thompson bested Romney in those polls by 3.5 percentage points. In a contest that's still fluid, Sides says, many candidates have a chance: "No one was talking about Bill Clinton this time in 1992."

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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