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. Can't Stop Progress

    Can you spell the words, S.H.U.T U.P? Whoaaa! Who let the dogs out?

    February 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. evman

    Intolerant, narrow minded moron. Period.

    February 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. robert montgomery

    Hmmm... I didn't hear a word about taxes in his speech? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the tea party movement about taxes and the government spending too much?

    WOW!

    February 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Publius13

    We had a party like this once before. It was called the Know-Nothings, and it was against Roman Catholics, Jews, and German-American and Irish-American immigrants. It lasted just about as long as I suspect the Tea Party will last.

    February 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. ALICIA DE NAJERA

    Now, Folks, here is the definition of a REAL honest to goodness--"HATER" He hates, hates, hates--So sad , so dangerous!!!!

    February 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Tony

    So let me get it straight, a bunch of "grass roots" self-absorbed tea-baggers rally in the cushy Opryland. Why not Disney? They are so eager to "protect the Constitution". I wonder if at least half of them actually read it. Lol...

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Tex

    Just keep on talking, Tom, because if the last election told us anything about the current face of American politics it is that bigotry will not get you into the White House. It is your xenophobia that keeps the Republican Party divided and politically ineffective. So, keep up the good work.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Can't Stop Progress

    And, to think that there are any decent Republicans left in the party! People are still voting for these fools! The Republicans need to rid themselves of these psychos if they are serious about leading this country.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. nolaf

    Tancredo is also the man who said that it wasn't worth it to rebuild New Orleans. He is irresponsible, divisive and an instigator. Time to get rid of him and his ilk.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. rabbs

    This is more crazy talk from a person that is crazy. The probem with politics today is that the confedeartes never got oer losing the civil war.
    they hated the government then and they hate the government now. It only get s worse for them to have a black president. To them that means the slaves are wining all over again. the death of America is at the hnds of the civel war losers, not Obama.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. pmmarion

    A bunch of nut cases led by the head fruit cake.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Chris

    Good grief. CNN, when are you going to switch from stenography and start doing so actual reporting rather than just blandly repeating whatever these bizarro-world hate-mongers happen to say? I worry for our democracy when, after having a free and fair election, the side that comes up short on votes starts calling out the torches & pitchforks like this.

    Can someone please point out in these articles that the Democratic Party is in fact, you know, democratic, and that 53% of the people in America aren't necessarily terrorists bent on destroying the American way of life simply because they didn't vote Republican? The discourse is utterly poisonous at this level. To repeat this poison without comment isn't exactly what is considered journalism.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Gstreet

    If I am not mistaken, the name Tancredo does not sound American. I would suspect Mr. Tancredo's ansesters immigrated to America and were integrated into this country. Apparently, he feels the door should be closed, now that he is in...How un-American...Maybe he needs to re-visit Ellis Island or even better, return to Italy or whatever country his family came from.

    February 5, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Alex

    Tancredo is representative of the depths the Rapublican Party has sunk to after the last election. Losing elections definitely doesn't sit well with them, they should try avoiding it. Unfortunately for them, if they pander to this sort of crowd, they will see a replay of the last election next time around.

    February 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Paul B

    I see the right-wing nut job propaganda is being excreted as strongly as ever.

    It's really a shame to know just how many ignorant and stupid people there are in this country. Because there was not one engaged brain at that so-called "convention" on either side of the podium.

    February 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Dave

    What a joke! This teabag convention is a perfect portrait of the dumbing down of America. Most of you teabaggers couldn't even spell "Constitution" let alone understand it. At least Tancredo's idiotic comments gave me a good laugh for the day!

    February 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Ron

    I do want my country back and I do agree that I am happy McCain did not win the election, not because I voted for Obama but because he is the wrong man for the job. Ron Paul was the right man because he offered real change, change that could have made a difference, change back to the government our founders planned, change from within. It can still happen with the right leadership and a people willing to fight for it for as long as it takes, characteristics I don't think we possess any longer.

    February 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Chris

    Criticizing people for being unable to spell the word "vote" is rather ironic when literally hundreds of tea party protest signs had egregious spelling and grammatical errors. No wonder he's a former congressman.

    February 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Lilo Belcher

    Tancredo is nuttier than ever. I love the Tea Partiers because they expose how looney and kooky the GOP has become.

    February 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. rich

    So clearly he thinks the American people who elected Barrack "Hussein" Obama are stupid. The amount of hate speech is very scary, and frankly, the amount of constitutional protections trampled by the Bush/Cheney admin is what he should be screaming about!

    February 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Without multiculturalism, Mr. Tandredo's Italian immigrant ancestors would never have been able to enter into the mainstream of American life and he wouldn't have been allowed to hold office in a land that many MY anglo ancestors consider to be culturally anglo.

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. kgeukes Michigan

    So I'm an uneducated, non- english speaking, undocumented worker? Boy are you asking for a MAJOR fight asswipe!!!! We will bring you and your KIND down!!!!! Our President has more balls than you ever thought of having and you need to apologize to 3/4's of the American people who put Barack into office

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. truth Teller

    A bunch of idiots if you ask me.

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Brian

    So you admit we had an anti-conservative, anti-bigot, anti-Republican revolution, and now you're encouraging the minority party to have yet another revolution to take back power from the Democratically elected majority? Thank god no one like you was around when the Nazis were thrown out.

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. David

    600 Conservative Republicans.... wow that much craziness in one place is scary!!! lol, lmao.

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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