February 5th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Tancredo opens Tea Party Convention with a bang

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/05/art.tancredo.gi.jpg caption="Tom Tancredo opened what's being billed as the first Tea Party Convention with a bang."]Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) – Tom Tancredo opened what's being billed as the first Tea Party Convention with a bang.

The former congressman from Colorado and 2008 Republican presidential candidate blasted President Obama, saying "people who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."

Tancredo made his comments as he gave the kickoff speech for the convention, which is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville.

Tancredo's speech received polite applause among the 600 attendees at the convention.

"So the race for America is on right now. The president and his left-wing allies in Congress are going to look at every opportunity to destroy the Constitution before we have a chance to save it. So put your running shoes on. Because I'll tell you, I've heard we need a revolution. My friends, we already had it. We lost. I mean, what happened to us in that last election was a revolution," said Tancredo, discussing the 2008 presidential contest.

Tancredo also slammed that election's Republican presidential nominee, saying "thank God John McCain lost the election."

The former congressman known for his strong opposition to illegal immigration also attacked "the cult of multiculturalism, aided by leftists, liberals all over who don't have the same idea about America as we do."

A spokesman for the Tea Party Nation, the group that organized the convention, said Tancredo's speech may provide some red meat but termed it problematic.

"It doesn't further the dialogue," said Mark Skoda, a businessman and founder of the Memphis Tea Party, who is also serving as spokesman for the convention.

Tancredo ended his speech telling the crowd that "this is our country" and urged them "to take it back."


- CNN Correspondent Mary Snow contributed to this report


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  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    His speech defines the true meaning of the Tea Party movement. What a bunch of crap Fox created.

    February 5, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    So Tom. "Thank God John McCain lost" but "Barack Obama and his allies are going to destroy the Constitution.." WHICH IS IT? Keep up the ugly hate speech while throwing only cursory criticism at your own party which got us into a lot of the trouble you now rail against, and more people will determine that you are nothing but a GOP shill movement with nothing to give except the usual tripe

    February 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. ConsiderThis-FL

    A convention of LOSERS with a LOSER headlining. From the looks of people in the Tea Party crowd holding signs, it wouldn't be surprising that some of them don't even know what the signs say.

    February 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Independent

    This country needs Independent conservatism to come back, not far right radicals or bleeding heart, tax and give away liberals. One thing for sure it's time to get the so called leadership we have now out the door before they can damage this country beyond repair, maybe thats what their master plan is.

    February 5, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Lnida

    Tancredo: Another draft dodger who is anxious to send other people to die for 'his' country.

    February 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The headline says "Tancredo opens Tea Party Convention with a bang," but then the article goes on to say "Tancredo's speech received polite applause among the 600 attendees at the convention."

    Which is it? A "bang?" Or "polite applause?" It can't be both–a "bang" would have elicited a stronger response, one way or the other, than merely "polite applause."

    February 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    "don't have the same idea about America as we do."

    All white "christians"?

    February 5, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Eva from Tampa

    This guy us a nut job! The media is giving way too much attention to this hateful and extremist movement. All that is missing is his white pointy hat.

    February 5, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Kari

    Perfect. This says it all.

    February 5, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Angie in PA

    So According to this Nut case Democrats are not American and that this country only belongs to these Nut cases! WHAT A SAD DIVISIVE PATHETIC BUNCH WHO ARE NOT GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY!!!!

    February 5, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Wmscot

    Hey buddy ! I voted from him and so did a lot of college educated professional individuals. If this is what the Tea Party is all about they must be a bunch of republicans that are upset their folks did not get in. I thought that these were independant voters that want to make a change. I guess what they really are is just a radical break off fringe of republicans.

    February 5, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Edna

    What a nasty man!!!!! This country belongs to all Americans. How dare he speak so disparagingly about our President and the people who voted him in. This is why my President will hold office for the next seven years. He has the heart of the American people in mind. These people at tis convention are hateful and mean-spirited and want nothing but to divide this country. God Bless America.

    February 5, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. usualone

    Just heard his comments on CNN. What a crude rude man. He has to stoop to that kind of language just because he doesn't agree with the way the country is going now. That is a BIG problem with this country. People do not know how to intellectually disagree and offer corrective suggestions. All he is doing is stirring up uneducated people and he probably will write a book about it. Then he will make millions. It horrifies me and amazes me how people are using the "freedom of speech" to just be so destructive. Go away Tea Party, with this guy starting your meeting, you show no sound credibility.

    February 5, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Ben in Texas

    Nothing like starting off your convention by re-stating the lie that massive voter fraud affected the 2008 election. Especially when most of these people have no idea that Social Security and Medicare are socialized government run programs.

    Now, the tea baggers will work their way down the list of homophobes, xenophobes, fearmongers, warmongers, and corporate shills until they finally get to Sara Palin, who exemplifies all of these categories. Have a great time for your $540 entry fee, baggers. Meanwhile, the people who make this country run so that you can sip mint julips in Nashville will continue to go to work and pay taxes to fund the socialized programs you depend on, slackers.

    February 5, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Linda

    I wonder if when Mr. Tancredo's family came over if they were considered the 'immigrants' of the day. These people are not good for our country – I am not a Republican but will admit that I am hoping that there is a group of decent Republicans working behind the scenes to reclaim their party from these crazy people who are the face and voice of the Republicans - surely, all Republicans don't think like this guy.

    February 5, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Your Mom

    They're having their convention at the Gaylord. Aren't you repubs offended by that?

    February 5, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Cole-Boston

    It is this kind of retoric that got us here in the first place!!!! We need to build, not destroy!

    February 5, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Guest

    It actually sounds like he's encouraging an expansion of literacy tests. Too bad the use of these tests is highly restricted by the Supreme Court and the Voting Rights Act of '65.

    February 5, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Jim

    pathetic hate-monger is all i see, here in the tea party-ers.

    i am disgusted at their lack of tack and polite-ness.

    it's a shame that there are still people this narrow-minded in this great country of ours.

    February 5, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. K Lincoln

    Sad little man.

    February 5, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Brad

    Hahahaha....So now even the Tea Party nuts realize they've gone too far. It couldn't happen to a better bunch of folks!

    February 5, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    and some wonder why there are many Americans that view this movement unfavorably. Maybe because it tends to look like a right wing lunatic fringe doesn't help their cause much.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Bryon Morrigan

    Gods! If anyone didn't already have enough evidence to convince them that the Teabaggers are nothing more than a bunch of racist militia types...

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Reggie Smith

    Typical racist Conservative. If you voted for the President you are illiterate and the Tea Baggers are loving it. I'm sure Beck, Limbaugh, and the quitter Governor from Alaskan will praise the guy.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. CoffeeBeatsTea

    Oh man. Keep up the entertainment CNN. The more coverage the Tea Party receives, the crazier they look. There is a reason why Democrats, Independents, and even some Republicans think the TeaBaggers are a bunch of fools.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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