Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., fresh from victory in three online presidential straw polls over formidable candidates, told Joseph Farah’s radio audience today he would run for president in 2008 if no other Republican candidate takes the border issue seriously.

“I’ll tell you what,” he said, “if no one else does it, I will do it.”

Tancredo is the head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus and has challenged his own party’s president on the issue of an insecure border and his proposed “guest worker” proposal.

Tancredo said he was encouraged by President Bush’s recent meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox because the U.S. leader told his counterpart he would continue to push for more lenient immigration policies but could not guarantee they would be approved by Congress.

The Colorado congressman said he believes Bush was signaling defeat and giving permission to GOP dissenters to vote their conscience on the issue.

He also said he is nearly certain Congress is going to insist the administration hire more Border Patrol agents than the 200 authorized by Bush.

In an inventive online straw poll of 64 possible Republican presidential candidates, Tancredo has blown away three high-profile opponents and is heading to the final eight showdown matching up Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Bill Frist, Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice and J.C. Watts.

In earlier contests, Tancredo knocked off former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain in the first round, talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh in the second and Sen. John Thune in the third round. He now faces Barbour to make it to the final four.

The poll is organized by a St. Louis Republican survey company that specializes in automated polling. Survey Saint Louis has been commissioned by Bush-Cheney ’04, the Republican National Committee and several statewide candidates in Missouri.

The survey is part of the company’s “Presidential March Madness” sweepstakes that began March 17 with pair-ups of 64 possible candidates for the GOP nomination in 2008. In the first round, Tancredo beat Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., 73.9 percent to 26.1 percent with more than 2,000 votes cast. Final voting in the Tancredo vs. Limbaugh contest gave the congressman a 70 percent to 30 percent edge with more than 4,200 votes cast.

Tancredo has been the biggest vote-getter in the contest to date.

Each day through April 4, new surveys winnow the candidates down to a single mock GOP nominee.

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