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February 5th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

Tancredo opens Tea Party Convention with a bang

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Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

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.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Except for our Native Americans, all of our families were at one point immigrants to America and a lot of them struggled with the language. The mix of people who came here and brought their customs and language with them is one of the things that makes America great not only in the past but now as well. It is wrong to make them the scapegoat of all that is wrong in America right now when we should be valuing our diversity in our population and encouraging everyone to help get this country going again.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  2. Family Researcher

    I can't wait until some genealogist enlightens us as to how long Mr. Tancredo's family has been in America and if they were ever in the category he is decrying. i.e.- new here and struggling with the language.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  3. Gwendolyn Sadler

    For all of the complainers, I would like to see what they could do for our country if they were in a position (other than to blow hot air) to get us out of the mess created by mismanagement for the past 8 years. Where were you when we were getting in the mess.

    It just like sitting in front of your TV ragging on the quarter back, (and you never played a game) or what the President is not doing (and you have a high school dipolma) if you're lucky.

    When I hear how that this President doesn't love our country and he is a socialist it is disgusting. It is always easy to say what one should do when you don't have any authority to do anything other than talk.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  4. Denise

    This article, clearly, represents a man of angst and hatred! Thank goodness he is not running our country!

    February 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  5. Joseph Best

    Has he no sense of decency? This hate filled man demonizes and de-legitimizes immigrant citizens voting! This is particularly odd coming from someone named Tancredo (hardly a common name among those aboard the Mayflower). His speech was antithetical to America's history and ethos. Such a world view denies the very keystone of our National dynamism and super power status- we integrate and welcome the world here. Google- founded by a former alien refugee- could easily have been an iconic Canadian company that changed the world. Thankfully it's as American as apple pie, just like the name Tancredo.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  6. Tim Gibson

    The heart of the tea party is not in a speech, but in the growing will of the people to take the reins of our leadership back and put them where they belong, on main street and not on wall street.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm |