It takes a truly outlandish statement to take the prize for hyperbole at an event featuring South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. Former Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, however, was up to the task Thursday at an event for Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck.
Tancredo, long a favorite of conservative Republicans, sought to reinforce to Buck supporters the importance of their efforts by arguing that President Obama constitutes a greater threat to the American way of life than any foreign enemy the U.S. has faced.
"Every single thing you do... is worthwhile. What could be more important for you to do, really, if you think about this? Everything is at stake here. Everything. I firmly believe with all my heart, you guys, that, although we have had many threats to our nation. We have gone through a whole lot of things, and survived a many things... But nothing, I do not believe, not the Soviet Union during that 35-year period leading up to the fall of the Soviet Union thanks to Ronald Reagan... We had that threat, we survived it. Later we found out we had another threat to our way of life and that was al-Qaeda... But I firmly believe this... The greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life; everything we believe in. The greatest threat to the country that our founding fathers put together is the man that's sitting in the White House today."
After the event, Buck was quick to distance himself from Tancredo's comments, telling Denver's KDVR that "I think there are a lot of threats to the White House and I don't think the man in the White House is the greatest threat to this country at all."