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. rta

    how sad, more fear and hate mongering. they keep saying take back their country. my question take back where? to slavery, jim crow , what? A memo to Tancredo, I voted , I can read and spell, I've studied the constitution and that document does not say fear mongering is the American way. you are sad,small person and i feel sorry for you and the tea party nation.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Chuck

    Just another racist that wants to be President of this Great Country. Remember Heuy Long!! America does not need this push to divide America with the haves having it all and have nots being left in the dust. As an Independent voter I have followed the Tea Party movement and find it very lacking in good judgement!!!!

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Leslie

    That's rich Trancredo! It was all of you right wing ideologues who have already put the Constitution in jeopardy.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Miriam

    Gotta love nationalist rhetoric.

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. bc

    The 'cult of multiculturalism'? This idiot should get out more and look around him. The United States is a multicultural nation and the greatest country in the history of the world! This tea party stuff is the last gasp of the white bread America of 50 years ago.

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Mike

    "So the race for America is on right now."

    Indeed, and if Tancredo and his buddies have anything to say about that race will be white and nothing but.

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. AEK

    This coming from a member of the political party that did more to undermine the Constitution in the eight years of the Bush administration than at any other time in our history. No wonder this clown has been relegated to speaking to a bunch of anti America crazies. This is the type of rhetoric that has made the Republican party the laughing stock of the nation, racist, bigoted and hate-filled.

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Manny

    Hey Tom! Doesn't the tin foil get hot after after a few hours?

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Glen R

    "the cult of multiculturalism, aided by leftists, liberals all over who don't have the same idea about America as we do.

    At least this guy puts his bigotry right out there for everyone to see. In typical tea party fashion he's full of anger at everything not white Christian conservative but offers no real answers to the country's problems. I think I might faint if ever a tea party member actually voiced a sensible plan.

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. andrewstl

    enough said all you tea baggers are reallt out there.

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. abirdwoman

    Nothing like a demagogue to set the tone for what is to follow!

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Joel Miller

    If civics classes are needed, its Tancredo and his followers who need them. They might learn for example that literacy tests for voting rights were a tool to keep black people from voting. He might learn that socialism usually is defined as public ownership and control of the economy and that there is nothing in the Obama program that moves the US anywhere near that. Tea Partyers object to be connected to Nazis and ultra-right jingoists but like it or not, there choice of a key note speaker lends credence to those alleged connections.

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Wilhemena March

    The TEA Party movers need to focus on registering people to vote conservative and get that man out of the white house and take away his congressional support. TEA Party movers, do not fall into the political trap of setting up a separate party; it will not work and you will have lost your influence. Just remember UNITED WE STAND.

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Stevik

    Is this not racism?!

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Joe Average

    Well, I guess the cat's out of the bag. The Teap Partyers are lead by a racist idiot. What kind of an opening statement is that and how can the average person take this group seriously. If they want to debate the issue, fine, but if they're just going to spout racist rhetoric to cover up the fact that they can't take it that an African-American is the POTUS, then I think it's time to turn the lights out on this party.

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. lmc

    So now we're back to the socialist charges. Some people aren't happy if they aren't name-calling and telling lies. However, maybe we should take a look at some other countries, Germany for example, where students can go to college for free and there is equitable health insurance for all citizens. They seem to be doing a whole lot better than we are!

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    WOW...these people are crazier than I thought. Makes me proud to be an american...somewhat.

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. JLS

    How soon will the Republican party realize that the problems that exist in our country today were not created by socialist President Obama. He saved this country from financial disaster. The problems that we face in this country were initiated by 8 years of a do nothing Republican Administration. Bush and Cheney entered office with a surplus and left office with a trillion dollars worth of debt pass on to the Obama administration. Here Mr. President, please fix our problems we created ,and by the way, we are not going to support you.

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Andi

    It would make it a lot easier for people to appreciate what the Tea Partiers stand for, as well as perhaps, even hearing what they have to say, if it wasn't for nutbags like this guy. So, he thinks a bunch of illiterates elected Obama? I also love how they throw his middle name in there all the time, instead of an initial, like almost every other President. They love to say 'Hussein' because anything remotely resembling Islam is great as a 'fear' tactic.

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Noah Fleischman

    What a tool. The "Cult of Multiculturalism?!? What?... Is he speaking of Humanity?

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Amanda

    Once again showing what a bunch of nut jobs this Tea Party really is. I'm embarrassed to live in the same country as these people.

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. OhioGirl82

    Thank you, spokesmen. "Problematic" and "Doesn't further the dialogue" are correct.

    The core of the Tea Party is controlled spending. Stay on message people. Focus.

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. cindy ex-republican

    Suggestion, change your names guys. It should be the "Hate party" instead. This seems like an extension of the hate filled, twisted and false information that was spewed forth when the" plague Palin " that McCain unleashed on our county was going from state to state preaching. At least President Obama is not trying to take away our freedom of speech to where we can not say "retard". I feel like I live in Russia with the way the Republicans want to control what we say, but passing a bill to help people is out of the question for you guys huh?

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Ron

    What ever happened to the concept of majority rule? Seems the election was held and a clear winner emerged. (unlike the way bush stole it against Gore) Teabaggers need to get a life.

    February 5, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Ken

    What a surprise, a republican using fear, hatred and divisiveness for political advantage. I hope Mr. Skoda's comment that Tancredo's comments is an indication that the Tea Party expects leadership rather than fear mongering.

    February 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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