[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/05/art.teaparty.file.gi.jpg caption="The Tea Party Convention organizers are preparing a set of 'first principles.'"]Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) - Tea Party Convention organizers tell CNN that they are proposing a set of "first principles" for candidates seeking support from the one year-old small-government movement.
Organizers of what is being billed as the first national Tea Party Convention are expected to announce the principles at a news conference Friday afternoon at the event, which is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville.
Mark Skoda, a businessman and founder of the Memphis Tea Party, who is also serving as spokesman for the convention, refused to term this as a litmus test but said that candidates would have to adhere to the principles to be eligible for tea party fundraising and support.
The principles include fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, states' rights and national security.
Organizers say the convention has attracted a sell-out crowd of around 600 attendees from across the country.
Among the sessions scheduled for Friday are workshops on how to conduct voter registration drives and where to find conservative votes, women in politics, how to organize a Tea Party group, how to involve youth in the conservative movement, grass-roots "on the ground," how to unite state Tea Party groups, technology in the Tea Party movement, and why Christians must engage.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report