February 5th, 2010
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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. Whitegirl

    Ahh, so a Constitutional Scholar for a President is out to "destroy the Constitution". I see.

    I have no problem with people that have opposite opinions from my own, but make those opinions logical and not hypocritical. Where were all of these people when Bush was tapping our phones and peeling our personal rights away one by one? Funny, no "movement" by all the crazed whites then, huh?

    Watch out people with pigment, the Tea Party is after you!

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Pat F

    Tancredo is a moron – that is why the Republicans rejected him in 2008, and from the sound of the "polite applause", the Tea Party has rejected him, too.

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. ricky williams

    I’m ashamed of our country every time I hear people start off like this it’s such a loaded issue and deal breaker for me to be apart of anything TEA party related!!!

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Wow, how does "we don't like paying high taxes" turn into racist bigotry? Can you really stuff any more Clichés into one speech? That guy is part of the problem and isn't anyone that should be representing anything in America.

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. sick of tea party hate

    Mr. Tancredo's comments are among the most offensive I've heard from a public figure. I have news for him: I can speak English, and I love this country, and I voted for Obama. Obama voters didn't "take" America away from anyone. One of the most attractive things about the Obama campaign was that it emphasized that we are all in this together, and didn't claim that only some people are the "real" Americans.

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    "Destroy the Constitution"????????????????????????????????????

    Trancredo is either mentally ill, in denial or a liar! During the Bush Regime our CONSTITUTION WAS TRASHED!

    FACTS:

    Bush & Dick sanctioned TORTURE.
    Bush & Dick created SECRET PRISONS in foreign countries to hide the torture of POW's.
    Bush & Dick allowed the NSA to SPY on ALL American Citizens, even though the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES CLEARLY FORBIDS THIS WITHOUT LEGAL CAUSE.

    The Teabaggers are free to complain, demonstrate, spew hate, etc., and we are free to call them out!

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Mike

    The ignorance of those claiming an assault on the constitution is stunning. To use this language is only meant to whip up a froth of hatred. God help us if we are ever governed by these fearmongers.

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Kurt Doles

    It's always nice to see the racism and bigotry implicit in the Teabagger movement bubble to the top on occasion so everyone can see it for what it is. Thanks, Tom Tancredo!

    February 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Doug

    I guess white middle aged males are no longer in the majority with the kind of multicultural paranoid babble Tom Tancredo spews. i wonder...what nationality is Tancredo ? Has no one told him that The USA has always been...multicultural ?

    February 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Paul

    It appears that Tom Tancredo is expressing the views of the lunatic far right fascist wing of the Republican Party. /Mussolini would be very proud of him. He would have been an excellent addition to the ensamble of the lunatic fascist groups in Italy, and Spain in World War II.

    February 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. JohnM

    There's no point in listening to the tea party until they quit aligning themselves with racist nut cases like turdcredo. There is ONLY ONE REASON for using President Obamas middle name and that is to incite ethnic hatred. No other president in history has had his middle name used to the extent President Obama has.

    February 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Meanderman

    Another example of how the conservative message has turned into one of hate – Ron Reagan must be spinning in his grave. This is the type of comment that polarizes people, and things won't get better until the opposite happens and people come together. Tancredo is an idiot.

    February 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Roy

    I have a name for the Tea Party so it is "The Evil Association" Party.

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Tancredo ended his speech telling the crowd that "this is our country" and urged them "to take it back."
    --------------------------------
    This statement above is one of the most famous racist comments from the racist GOP. "Lets get our country back of of this black man" which have become the main drive of the Tea Baggesr movement. It don't take a blindman to see that.

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Mar

    Republicans should really be ashamed of themselves for not standing up to these people. What does he mean by not able to spell vote...is he talking about poor, black, spanish, what??
    Shame Shame Shame on republicans!

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. J.Crobuzon

    Um, didn't Cheney or Gingrich or somebody say the Constitution was only an outdated piece of paper? All this phony outrage sickens me.

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Texas Doc

    Does anyone else think that having a "Tea Party" is pretty 'gay'. I mean how can you take anyone seriously? I thought these were pro-America people. Makes us look like a bunch of pansies.

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Kate

    Oh, now we have to listen to Tancredo, as if Palin isn't enough. They make a good pair. Those two are the part of ones that will be responsible for our country's downfall. I would like to ask them just what part of our constitution isn't our President following or trying to get rid of???? He is a consitituional lawyer and patriotic and is trying to lead this country in the right direction. The tea baggers and republicans are the problem. Palin is only interested in money and if she would ever get really lucky to be pres. Todd would be running it just like he did in Alaska.....

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. rob

    What an assclown. Yeah, your kind lost Bozo. Never to win again. Now go away. Very far away. Fool me twice, shame on me. We've learned our lesson. Buh Bye!

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Sleepytime

    Tancredo has done an excellent job of summing up all the racism, xenophobia and ignorance of the Tea Party folks in one sentence, "people who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House." Hooray for the Idiocracy party.

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Steve in Ct

    It's unfortunate the Tea Party invited someone better suited to run for KKK Grand Wizard. I think they didn't realize he has issues and he doesn't realize the positions of the Party. But this is America and he has the right to state his perspective. Reading carefully you realize the "polite applause" tells us the Party's ideals and his differ greatly. Unfortunatly most folks don't read carefully and will be posting attacks on the Tea Party. That attitude shows those posters are more dangerous than he is.

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Linda from Minnesota

    Too late to take "your" country back, its already changed, deal with it.

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. chuck

    The people who couldn't spell "vote" must have been illegal aliens that were allowed to flow across the border during the 16 years that George W. Bush was the governor of the great illegal alien magnet and safe-haven state of Texas and the President of the United States of America. It might also have been senior citizens who may have forgotten how to spell and forgotten who allowed these illegals into the country. It is common knowledge that eastern seaboard academia, young professionals, the highly educated sub-group of gay Americans and college students voted for Obama.

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Pete in San Francisco

    I am proud of my vote for Barack Obama despite your attempts at demagoguery, Mr. Tancredo.

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Chad

    Hmmm - I can read, write, graduated college and am a well-paid white man and I voted for Obama. Folks like Tancredo and fellow Tea Partiers are really the lowest of the low.

    February 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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