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. RonC

    What a bigot!! Repubs can do nothing but create hate and discontent. Talk sideways, manipulate and distort facts. With a Republican top heavy surpreme court that has just passed a "give away of our country" in their attempt to let Corporate America control everything.

    February 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Old White Lady

    I still have never heard any of these people say exactly what rights, freedoms, or liberties have actually been taken away from them by the election of Barack Obama, and exactly what parts of the constitution ave been violated. Have their lives actually been changed???

    Also, just want to point out that, judging by Mr Tancredo's last name his family, at some point, has added to the wonderful multiculturalism of this great country. For goodness sake, it's not a cult...IT'S WHO WE ARE!

    February 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. milton

    This guy doesn't believe in evolution. If you would like to return to a simpler time, namely the medieval period, he's your man. We could all put him in a drawer as a quaint anacronyms except for the fact that he foams at the mouth.

    February 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Pedro

    "people who could not even spell the word 'vote'" – so he's saying that the majority of Americans are stupid and ignorant. Now I now what the Tea Party stands for

    February 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Wow, this kind of speech is not helpful. The people who are involved with the tea parties did not sign on for this kind of racism.
    Let’s see the convention starts out with a speech on white power, will have Glenn Beck speaking five times, crying three times, and end with Sarah Palin bashing the right to choose, the right to be gay, and expansion of the war on marijuana.
    Folks, this doesn't sound like a group embracing the US Constitution for Liberty and Justice for all does it? Sounds to me the rants of the far extreme right conservatism, we all ready know the pitfalls of the far liberal extremists, going to the other extreme is not going to be any more productive.
    I say many of those independent people will be leaving this group once they begin to understand this.

    February 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. HAWK IN TEXAS

    It is fools like this idiot that is what is wrong with america. yeah! they had it for eight years and almost destroyed america. they care nothing for america or the people. all they want is power so they can steal more money from the tax payers. the tea party is about profit anyway.

    February 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Patriot

    Take a good look....this is the future of the Republican Party. Can anyone say "Nazis"?

    February 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. rick

    And people who can't process an original thought keep listening to people like him.

    Seriously, this "us vs. them" rubbish needs to stop.

    Spell the word "vote"? Reminds me of the fellow at a tea party holding a poster that says "Get a brain! Morans". But he probably could spell vote properly.

    "... committed socialist ideologue...". Nice. And the proof would be...? More rubbish. Throw it out there so the tea partiers can use it in a sentence while having no idea what it means.

    I'm a liberal, not an enemy. These people make it really really hard to have a civil dialog.

    February 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. sean

    Wow, just another example of how this group has been hijacked by loudmouth rightwing propagandists. Sorry America, you can't go back to the imaginary white utopia that these goons are promising. It's a lot easier to accept your fellow americans regardless of their backgrounds or culture and move forward together. I'm not fooled by this movement one bit, It's only appealing to the middle aged white guys and I can see why. (believe it or not, I'm a middle aged white guy)

    February 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Mr. Moderate

    Wow when the Tea Partiers consider you too radical, you really off the deep end.

    February 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. JDurand

    More evidence that the "Tea Party" is just another wing of the GOP.

    February 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Skip

    Borderline racism and open fear mongering.. What does this have to do with lower taxes and fiscal discipline?

    February 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Joe

    I consider myself a conservative – and I have to say the Obama bashing is ridiculous. He's only been in office 1 year. Give him a chance. Much of the bail-out was structured under the Bush administeration, and WE NEED health care reform. My wife and Pay $1200 a month! Let's move forward and end this division and partisan politics.

    February 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Cameron

    WOW!!!! And these people expect the country to follow this movement, even after they have been so ignorant as to choose a man to open their conference that would say "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." Who are the "people" that can even spell "vote" or say it in English? I am amazed how white america wants the world to believe that racism no longer exists and that people of color use it to get ahead. Racism is a condition of the heart that is expressed vocally and/or behaviorally and if Sarah Palin and other chose to be a part of this movement, we really need to think about what direction we are going in.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Tancredo speaks the truth doesn't he. Another thought, I notice the press, particularly the MSM, is, rightly, making a big deal out of the Toyota problems and some are even mentioning the Ford problems. Why is no one speaking about the steering problems from Obama owned UAW Motors (formerly General Motors)? I guess report such problems would not further the leftist agenda Obama and the MSM have for us?

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Brody Kauff

    And what point does this become hate speech apt to inciting violence? I don't think Tancredo believes what he is saying, but I know he believes that their is just an insane demographic who will.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. RT

    Take the coutnry back from who? The cult of multiculturalism? This guys sounds like a white supremacist. Guys like this really don't do anything to further the dialogue. This is why a lot of people riducule these T-Partiers.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Michael

    People like Tancredo voted for Hitler in Germany in 1933. The fact remains that a majority of Americans like Obama better than they like Tancredo.
    Deal with it.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Judi in minnesota

    This idiot obviously doesn't know or care about the principles that this nation was founded upon. I'm guessing there were a few in his ancestry that didn't speak English when they landed on our shores but who deeply loved their new homeland. It's precisely because of their deep love and understandig of our history that I would rather have these new citizens vote than some of the "old" who know nothing about our history or even care to learn about it.
    This guy is a perfect esample of why I could never associate myself with the Republican party regardless of how fiscally conservative my views become. Honestly, he should put himself on a slow boat to China.

    February 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. MAC

    This is why America is going to crumble cause we have idiots like these people getting attention of so called MAJOR news networks. Unless Americans come together we will be the Republic of China before you know it.

    February 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Peggy - TX

    The reason tickets are $550 to attend the convention is that they want to keep the rif-raf out and focus on pulling together a core leadership from among the more wealthy Americans with conservative leanings that have become disillusioned with the Republican Party. After all, from the Core Republican Leadership perspective, middle class Americans that vote Republican and thus go against their own self interest are inherently stupid and are easily fooled and lead like sheep; it is the wealthy that they are concerned with quickly getting firm control over on by maintaining the illusions that some how the newly emerging Tea party is not simply the same Republican Machine responsible for the recent economic melt down.

    February 5, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. historian

    Is he related to Beck?

    February 5, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Indy 08

    The Colorado Bigot strikes again

    February 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Jon

    Wow, a Republican who's willing to say in public that he's against multiculturalism. That's honest. Evil, but honest. Seems like the right tone to set for these tea party idiots.

    February 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Kat

    Ignorance in its purity.

    February 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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