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. ns

    Typical "Tea party" jerk, lot of adjectives, no truth.

    February 5, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. AKoslik

    We have got a serious problem in this country: Ignorance.

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. unbelieveable

    Yikes..."the company you keep" tells one alot about this group. How have they become so paranoid? It's difficult to understand the synaptic firings of their alleged minds.

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. oh boy

    It's dog-whistle politics time again, eh Mr Tancredo?

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. citizenhawk

    Although I could not afford to go to The Tea Party Convention and I am against a 3rd Party movement in this election cycle I totally agree with former Colorado US Congressman Rep., Tom Tancredos quoted remarks! Wish he were President right now! Would love him to run in the Republican Primaries I could support him for Pres.!

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. stevegee

    Washington has become what we fought a revolution against over 225 years ago – an overreaching, overtaxing, oligarchy!

    It's time to get out the chainsaw and cut Washington down to size. It won't be easy to reduce the scope of the Federal Government, but if we don't, our deficits will bankrupt the country.

    The American people want real change, not the PR BS from the last election. We are fed up with the Feds and we want our freedom and liberty back.

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Anon

    It's quite humorous he made those comments. Last time I checked, red states not only have a lower IQ than blue states, they also have more dropouts from high school... and they like retarded, oops I mean the R-word (sighs) people, like Sarah Palin.

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. inclusive

    this tea party thing is going nowhere. this country needs unity, not divisive, bigoted ranting. if you want to fix the fiscal piece of government, I'm all for it. If you want to go back to 1910, when only white men could vote (no women, of course) – then you're on your own.

    February 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Lelia

    Hear! Hear! Bravo! Bravo! Our constitution, as I understand it, says that if our government is not serving the best interests of its people, its people have the right to to take their government back and put new people in their places. However, with the rampant accelleration of voter fraud perpetuated by both parties (I think the democrats are much more involved in it than republicans, but both parties are culpable) we, the people, have lost our voices and our votes in the process. Now we need to band together, get rid of the offenders and become vigilant watchdogs and proactive leaders in getting the system back into moral and legal order so that it works as it is supposed to. I think the Tea Party movement is on the right track.

    February 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Jean

    Wow what a biggot i dont believe what i have just read its incredible what this man meen to say is blacks that are not educated voted him in this is nothing but a racist remark .... lol only we are growing has a miniority and there is nothing they can do about it lol and we will vote obama right back in for 2012 lol .....

    February 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. C. Bahantka

    In our country we all have the right to our opinion. I am so concerned when I hear the things being put forth about our president that we have lost so much. We are all one people. We cannot make it without looking for comprimises. We are not going to agree on all matters, but we could at least agree to discuss without slandering. I feel that the way many people are behaving is dettrimental to the future of our country. We need to be civil. We need to respect one another, no matter what religion,race or color. There are so many terrifyingsituations in our world today that we should focus on improving the problems that exist and not try to undermine what I believe is a good faith effort by our President to help make things better for all of us.

    February 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. katiec

    What is so sad is that so many of these people do not realize they are being used, bought by radical right billionaires.
    They are being blindly led by a party that has forsaken them for eight years, will continue to support big business over the American people and have thrown away all honor and integrity with their quest of winning at any cost.
    Granted there are things to protest, but to allow being hand fed by the radical right is not a grass roots organization.

    February 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. susanj

    Just proves what I thought all along – Racist pigs and stupid, stupid people. And Just what has this president done to destroy the Constitution? Lies. That's all they know how to do is spread lies.

    February 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. deb (long island)

    The only thing I can agree with Tancredo is his statement of "thank God John McCain lost the election"...mainly because of Sara Palin.

    How dare he say that illiterates voted for our President? When in fact, part of our being called elitist is that almost all college graduates voted for our very literate President.

    This tea party movement is scary because they are going back to an era where these same people believed minorities, namely black people should not be a part of our society in the same capacity as white people. We are being dragged down by this "so-called" movement.

    February 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. buckwheat

    Cut all of us off. Censor all you want but the truth is there and you have failed to cover it up.

    February 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Anon

    What a moron.

    February 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. snowman

    Where was this guy when the Bush bunch was ripping apart the constitution?

    February 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Paulie

    Oh, wait, there's still millions of racists living in this country? I forgot.

    So in 2012 a Tea Party candidate will split the conservative vote, giving Obama the election in a landslide. Fox New's ratings will go up, CNN's will continue to plummet and life will go on for the rest of us.

    February 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Mary

    This Tancredo fellow is the one who should be charged with treason. What a load of hooey. The U.S. IS a multicultural country and we've been headed that way for a long time, but I guess my fellow Anglo-Saxon types didn't notice.

    February 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Cosmo

    "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."
    Sounds like the Pied Piper of Hate, but I guess that is what you would expect from this sad bunch of "opinions first/facts second" lost souls who are allowing themselves to be used and manipulated by the GOP and its corporate money. If these people are so upset about the administration and America, how come they have the luxury of riding around in a bus doing nothing while most Americans are slugging it out day to day to keep above water? Looks like America is getting SWIFTBOATED again by the dirty tricks boys of the GOP.

    February 5, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Alan, Phoenix

    great job...........ppl like Tancredo ensure that Obama have support no matter what he does....

    February 5, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Frank222

    ..attacked "the cult of multiculturalism, aided by leftists, liberals all over who don't have the same idea about America as we do." "this is our country" and urged them "to take it back."

    This man shames the US and the spirit of America

    February 5, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Adam

    Did he call for an actual revolution? You know burning the White House down n all that? THAT would be opening the convention "with a bang"

    February 5, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. fedup

    Having had the misfortune of being represented by this (idiot, moron – chose your favorite), this is exactly the kind of nut case that is trying to destroy our country and not save it. It is this type of lunatic fringe that has the greatest destructive power. They are most probably the disgruntled "religious right terrorists" of the disfunctional republican party. Hopefully, they will not suceed in destroying our country.

    February 5, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Chet Dettlinger

    One trouble with t-partiers is they seem to want to limit who can come to the party. Their leadership is ignorant, predjudiced and not worthy of a minute of a thinking person's time. Of course most t-partiers seem unable to think for themselves letting reverends, fathers and ridiculous radio and tv entertainers fill their minds with lies, half truths, inanity and pure garbage. Good luck in November. Every t-party victory is a Republican defeat, You are NOT the majority in the United States of America.

    February 5, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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