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. Kevin

    This is what the TEA party stands for? I'm pretty sure the constitution is there to protect every American. Even the ones who can't spell "Vote". I'm getting the picture that this new tea party movement is more about protecting wealth and privledge. Pretty sad stuff to lead off with this message!

    February 5, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Tom O

    For once a politician who knows how to speak the truth without worrying about hurting someones feelings.

    February 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Mark

    I think that puts the nail in the "Now I don't have to take the tea party seriously" coffin.

    February 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. mary

    Tea Party? What happened to the "Mortgage Burning Party?" People use to have a party and burn their mtg. papers when their home was paid off. Now when its paid off the taxes and insurance are more than the mtg. payments use to be. Plus, you never really own it! Don't pay the taxes and they take it. When did the law get passed that let them tax your home on the value instead of what you paid for it? We are taxed to death.The American Dream is down the toilet. The home tax is unfair. If your home is larger than the home nextdoor, you pay more taxes. You don't get anything better for your money than he does. Same schools, parks, police ect. No better county services. Where does it all end?

    February 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. jim Cal

    He's right. We need to vote those bums out of office just as Mass. did. We need good people with a common sense approach that will hire people around him/her with the same. Not someone who would spend 200million to try a prisoner of war in this country and give them the same rights that our fathers and mothers fought for us to have.

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. tina

    What name is Tancredo? Is it ass name? Buffalo name? Moscito name? God bless America. This country is becoming a place of fringe flyer not intellectual.

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. midwestmatt

    Tancredo who? Isn't this the guy no one wanted in the WH? And this speech is a perfect example of why he couldn't get out of the starting gate in the race for POTUS. It's also another reason why the Tea Party is much, much closer to the Republican extremists than independents or anyone close to being a real American. This movement is nothing more than angry Republicans who got their tails handed to them over and over again starting in 2008.

    America didn't want you then and they don't want you now. Actually read the Constitution and quit ripping it up and making it over in your own image. You lost elections fair and square and you can't handle being the side that lost the trust of the American people. The Tea Baggers are nothing more than an attempt to wrest power back by any means possible.

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Clint

    Mr. Tancretin, is it a law in this country that you have to spell the word vote or say it in English" in order to vote? I don't think so, but maybe you and the Tea people would like to return to the days of Jim Crow laws or have a Republican purity test in order to vote. Peddle your hate and norrow mindedness some where else.

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Justin

    Quoting Tancredo: "[T]he cult of multiculturalism, aided by leftists, liberals all over who don't have the same idea about America as we do."

    Sooooo, Tancredo is basically saying that only white people have the ability to properly run this country and benefit from it's freedoms. What a joke. Maybe he should have spoken to a white supremacist rally instead.

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. John

    This guy is dangerous. Why do so many people speak of hate and over throwing the goverment. They did`nt do this with GW and he ran the country in the ground. But this guy has been in office a year and they make it out like it he`s fault. At least give him a chance to try and fix it

    February 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Susan

    How ugly can these folks get? I don't mean ugly in the beauty vs. non-beauty vein, just plain 'ol ugly, negative, threatening, fear-mongering, and divisiveness? It's sad!

    February 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. bcords

    nut job!!! this is the reason the republican party will be extinct in 10 years. and the tea partiers in less than that

    February 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Mark

    Translated, this is a white country for wealthy, conservative, christians (yes, I intentionally made the "c" lower case). Everyone else can go elsewhere. The hypocrisy of this bunch is stunning.

    February 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. MichiganBill

    I, for one, prefer Obama's "socialist idologue" attempts to get us back on track than the "fascist ideologue" ideas from Tancredo. Have you noticed that the "left" wants dialogue, while the "right" wants to suppress dialogue? It must be a "socialist" idea to allow the Tea Party to talk. Cheney and his ilk would have waterboarded the opposition rather than listen to their ideas. Hmm. I prefer the left.

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. sicofelefants

    Excuse me but didn't you have the country for 8 years and screwed it up? Your screw-ups won't turn around on a dime.

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "the cult of multiculturalism, aided by leftists, liberals all over who don't have the same idea about America as we do."
    -------------------------------
    TANCREDO. Hmmm. TANCREDO. There's an "Americun" name for you. His people were here with the Native Americans when Columbus arrived.

    This man is an idiot. To have someone with a name like TANCREDO deny the fact that this country was built by immigrants from various cultures is really pathetically stupid. Multiculturalism is NOT a cult, it is in fact AMERICA.

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Scott Britten

    Race baiting and appealing to the the most base nativism, ignorance, and fear is a distinguishing feature in the rhetoric of these 'conservatives'. Tom Tancredo's remarks are reprehensible and unfortunately, all too common among the leadership of the party of division and hatred.

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. America Shrugged

    Sorry, it shouldn't have been tax n borrow, but spend n borrow. During the good times when just about everyone was working and the fat cats got all their huge tax cuts, they were starting 2 unfunded wars, 2 unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, and unfunded medicare part D.

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. kaisersouse

    You know its bad when even the Tea Party crazies think someone is insane...

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Estamm

    Tancredo and his fave president 'W' destroyed this country. Now he wants it back to destroy it even more. Great. After this idiot was wrong about absolutely everything, why would anyone want to listen to anything he has to say?

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Score one for the Gipper!!

    This man hates immigrants, period. Nothing like having a ranting and raving racist idiot as the opening act for your event. He particularly hates Hispanics, blaming them for crime in the US. Somehow I 've got to believe there was out of control crime in this country among white (non-hispanics) and black (non-hispanics) long before the 1970's and 80's when Hispanic immigrants began flodding in. Somehow I don't think the Gipper aka Rony would approve of this speech. Stuff like this will just send more Hispanics running into the arms of the Democrats, a real shame. Says a lot about the Tea Party and their stupidity. This def looks like the start of the new republican revolution!! ....hahaha

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. buckeye

    seems like they got a poison in their tea named fascism.

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Mamanomia

    Aha..they've only just begun...we need more of these idiot talking heads to portray exactly the insanity this one does...just keep doing it folks...

    February 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. miken

    Tancredo is so right. And has anyone noticed the democrat billionaires like gates and oprah only seem to care about poor people in other coutries? They pledge billions to africa and gates demands visas for thousand of immigrant engineers but where is the money for helping economically disadvantaged americans. Obama wants to level the playing field by bringing us down.

    February 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. madmatt

    So neither mccain nor obama should of won....I think tom had a few too many drinks before the speech. And obviously people could spell well enough to hand the rethugs their walking papers.

    February 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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