08/02/2010 12:41 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tancredo Calls Hickenlooper "A Wild-Eyed Liberal" (VIDEO)

Following former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's announcement Thursday that he's running for governor of Colorado as the American Constitution Party candidate, he answered my questions about his view of the Democratic nominee, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

MAHER: What do you think are the biggest contrasts between you and the mayor?

TANCREDO: He is a wild-eye liberal, left-wing ideologue. You think I say crazy things? This guy takes the cake. He makes me look completely rational.

MAHER: Okay, and so, some examples -- on WhoSaidYouSaid, our blog -- we have documented he said he wants to spend tens and tens of billions of dollars fighting climate change with climate change insurance. What would be a contrast to that?

TANCREDO: I have... I can't imagine except to say, what? What did he say? What? It makes no sense. I have no idea what that means. I mean, does anybody? Where do you get this insurance? Who pays this insurance? Billions and billions and tens of billions? Is that enough? How about tens and tens and tens and tens of billions? I mean, it's just ludicrous. And, this is my point when I talk about the fact that there are great... there are absolutely differences between the two of us. Yeah, I believe that government has a role to play, but it's really very limited. Our whole campaign theme is... you know, I never did that... I don't think I ever said that [at the campaign announcement] but -- gather them all up again -- our whole campaign theme is more freedom. It's about more freedom. His is about more government. He is a collectivist. He thinks that way, he likes it. It's what he's all about. I'm just the opposite. I'm for an individual. Individual rights mean far more to me that collective rights.