February 17th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
12 years ago

Next Tea Party convention to be held in Las Vegas

(CNN) - The Tea Party is headed to Las Vegas this summer.

Tea Party Nation, the group that earlier this month held what was billed as the first national Tea Party convention, said Wednesday that its second convention will be held in Las Vegas July 15-17.

Judson Phillips, a Tennessee lawyer who formed Tea Party Nation, announced the date at a news conference during the first event, which was held earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. But he did not reveal the location.

"President Obama told Americans not to go to Las Vegas so that is exactly where Tea Party Nation will be holding our next event," Tea Party Nation said in a statement.

That's a reference to recent comments made by the president. Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told the White House to "lay off Las Vegas" after Obama slighted the city during a riff about government spending. The president's comments also sparked condemnations from Nevada Republicans.

In addition to speakers and political trainers at the convention, the Las Vegas event will "also be presenting the first Tea Party Nation Conservative Film Festival," according to the Tea Party Nation.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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  1. Sgt. USMC

    President Obama didn't just say "don't go to Las Vegas". He was making a comment that if you can't afford your bills, you wouldn't go to Las Vegas and spend what little money you have. This is why no one is going to take the tea people seriously. You sound like a bunch of 4 year olds. Oh wait, did I just insult 4 year olds? I better watch out for Palin, Ms. Word Police. Get over it, you lost in 2008. Move on! Quick amusing yourselves by taking lame shots at the President. You guys give Mr. Obama the publicity he needs to get re-elected. Painting him like a villain is only going to make people look at him and try to find out more about him. He's charismatic, he's got a good head on his shoulders and he wants to help Americans, not just "real Americans". I can honestly say that it was the republican party that helped me lean towards the left. All this communist, terrorist crap made me expect a monster and what I got was a hell of a good President. Thanks for showing your true colors. BTW I voted for Bush in 2004 and I regret it.

    February 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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