Tancredo: Maes Should Drop Out Of Debates Due To Low Poll Numbers

Fox News Poll Shows Maes At 15 Percent

Third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo is suggesting that Republican Dan Maes follow his own advice and drop out of the debates now that his support has dropped to less than 20 percent.

Speaking on 630 KHOW radio on Sept. 9 about how should be invited to the gubernatorial debates, Maes said Tancredo should be able to participate in the debates as long as he's polling at least 20 percent.

"If you're polling at 20 percent, come on board; if you're not, then you don't come," Maes said.

Wednesday on his website, Tancredo said he's looking forward to a two-man race with Democrat Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

The website said a new Fox News poll had Maes at 15 percent, Tancredo at 34 percent and Hickenlooper at 44 percent.

"Dan Maes said he'd end his sideshow if he dropped below 20 percent," said Bay Buchanan, Tancredo’s campaign manager. "We'll see if he lives up to it, or if this turns out to be just another one of Dan's tall tales or serial exaggerations."

Maes campaign spokesman Nate Strauch told the Denver Post that Maes intends to attend debates.

"It was a hypothetical discussion. That was just an arbitrary number that he threw out," Strauch said. "He stands by his position that invites should be left up to debate sponsors."