February 5th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
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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. Matt

    Its hard to think of these teabaggers as anything other than uneducated morons with a sickening fixation on our President's name and skin tone.

    February 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. paul

    What a bunch of Lies. Tancredo, should be ashamed.

    February 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Sandra, Atlanta

    I am absolutely sick and tired of being accused by IDIOTS of not knowing what I was doing in voting for Barack Obama. I can both speak English and read, thank you very much. I certainly know that I have sick of people like you, Mr Tancredo, who simply work to destroy the everyday lives of Americans.

    February 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. K

    I want to know what the hell these Tea Party folk are directing this quote that is heard all over "we want our country back". Who took it? The last I checked old Glory is still standing, democracy is still in place, we still have our constitutionality rights, our currency has not changed, we all have freedom of speech, and we still have an AMERICAN president.

    Folks, you are worried about the wrong thing when you start thinking that it is problematic that we have elected an educated and intelligent person to the office of the United States Presidency. Change is constant and you can be assure that this country will again elect the person who has and can demonstrate strong leadership no matter what the color of their skin happens to be.

    Racial hate is not going to move us forward, it only puts "ALL OF US" (American Indians, Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians and other cultures) farther back and blinds us to what we actually can achieve if we would just learn to work together and respect the values that others can offer to make us.

    February 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. CHIPS

    This is not even a not for profit org. What a scam. Getting rich of the back of uninformed people.

    February 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. oxbobend

    It's my country and you can't have it back. I really think you all girly men.

    February 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Karl in SLC

    What a congregation of the lowest life forms in this country. There was definitely no shortage of stupid in that crowd.

    February 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Think

    WOW. This guy is a crazy fool. What a nut case.

    February 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. John in Tampa

    Mark Skoda says Tancredo's speech "...doesn't further the dialogue." What dialogue? Does anybody there think you can herd cats?

    February 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. jen

    what kind of language is this, SHAME ON YOU, MORON YOU ARE...

    February 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. DB

    What an ignorant moron.

    February 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. no2gop

    America, please meet the next Joseph Raymond McCarthy.

    February 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Bob

    I can write, read , speak English and as a matter of fact my family tree gos back to the early 17 hundreds. I voted for Obama. The disgusting statement by these nuts and the No,, Before Country Republicans seems to bring out the crazies in this country. A lot of talk, lies and obscene comments without any ideas to help with the present situation in this country. Instead of crazy talk how about some solutions?????

    February 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Thomas

    As proof of how great our country is, everyone has the freedom of speech. Even wack-jobs like Tancredo have freedom of speech.

    Of course I also have the freedom to ignore such wack-jobs too.

    February 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. chip

    Nice pick as a speaker – but he is right about one thing. It is "our" country. That means collectively – you know, all of us. Not just old, white rich guys with an over-bearing sense of entitlement . Perhaps if the people that don't look, talk, and think just like him would just sit down, shut-up and get out of the way, everything would be alright again. I am not sure how the "Right" has the nerve to refer to Obama as Hitler when this guy is their speaker...

    February 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Richard Miller

    I think the Supreme Court's decision to let corporations buy elections and politicians will do a lot more to destroy democracy in this country then anything Obama and the rest of the ineffectual Democrats in Congress ever could.

    February 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. f. azarre

    I think Tancredo is capable to spell "vote" and say it in "English", because he cannot see farter than his nose. Tha's shamefull, all well educated americans are able to spell "vote" and say it in English in more than one language. Idiot go back to kindergarden.

    February 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. stormy

    This just goes to show how mad and jealous the republicans are they are down right mean and spiteful. Why don't they try to do something worth while instead of trying to tear the President down. This just goes to show they are not interested in the people but themselves.

    February 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. neutral party

    The new mantra of the far right wing of the Republican Party: Ignorance is bliss.

    February 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. emmett brown

    The same hate, what a way to bring the Country together....

    February 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Aspen Professor

    "Tom Tancredo opened what's being billed as the first Tea Party Convention with a bang."

    Another idiot Republican heard from. This right-wing-extremist fool will be teaching goose-stepping next to the Tea Baggers.

    February 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. CareFree

    These kind of sentiments being expressed by a supposed "leader" of this movement, will, unfortunately, attract some "haters" with scary ideas of how to accomplish "taking it back." Hopefully, good sense will prevail........

    February 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Ricardo

    Wouldn't it be nice if Tancredo and his cronies took the far-right away from the Republican Party. Then the GOP could move to the center to make room for all those who believe in fiscal responsibility but reject racist and religious fanatics. As much as I disagree with the bigoted statements by Mr. Tancredo, I pray that the party is successful only because I believe strongly that the time has come for additional parties to ease the gridlock in Congress. Dems and GOP continue to fight and at the end of the day accomplish nothing.

    February 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Lawrence Moses

    These extreme right wingers are just too divisive for me. Why can't all politicians just meet in the middle and get legislation though? Getting through any type of legislation, even if it doesn't satisfy both sides, is better than getting no legislation through at all. Nobody wins when this happens, especially the American people. At least our President is now making an effort to start and try working with the GOP. He sees that the American people are suffering too much due to all the never ending fighting going on in Washington. I don't see any effort, still, on the GOP's part to change the tone of their dialogue and simmer down all the rhetoric. It's disgusting that our politicians can't get anything accomplished anymore, as they are all too busy trying to score political points on each other. I'm tired of it.

    February 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. JC

    He sounds like a white supremacist talking to his sheet-clad followers. This IS 2010, right?

    February 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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