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WND founder Joseph Farah
The upcoming National Tea Party Convention is already a resounding success – with tickets to the convention sold out and only a few tables remaining at the final banquet.
There has been a frenzy to purchase tickets since it was first announced WND founder Joseph Farah will join former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as speaker at the first national tea-party convention. Farah plans to get Americans energized and excited about reclaiming the nation this year from the clutches of “tyrannical central government.”
Tea Party Nation will host the first national tea-party convention from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
“I am simply amazed at the success of this event so far,” said Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation president and convention organizer. “When we first came up with this idea, we thought it would be something valuable and useful. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would be as big as it is. We’re excited because it’s going to be a historic event.”
Phillips said at least 300 people have joined a waiting list for convention tickets. Banquet tickets are still available for a limited time.
The event will also feature prominent speakers such as Rep Michele Bachmann, R- Minn.; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; WND columnist Judge Roy Moore; Phil Valentine, popular radio talk-show host and author of “The Conservative Handbook“; and Fox News Political Analyst Angela McGlowan, among others. The Tea Party Express will also arrive in Nashville for the convention.
Phillips told WND Tea Party Nation has received hundreds of requests from media outlets from all over the world that are seeking to cover the event.
“We’ve gotten inquiries from small-town weeklies, bloggers, big media, England, France, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal,” he said. “I got one from Croatia two days ago.”
However, the organization is limiting convention press access to a small group of prominent media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fox News and WorldNetDaily.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Phillips said Tea Party Nation is inviting Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine to have a two-way dialogue with the tea partiers.
“One of the big frustrations that has created the tea-party movement is the fact that average citizens want their government and want their political organizations to start listening to them,” Phillips said. “If they come, they will each be offered an opportunity to make some brief remarks, and leaders of the tea-party movement will ask them some questions or will make a point and ask their response to that point.”
The convention welcomes delegates coming from Maine to California and as far away as Hawaii.
“We are awaiting a response and are looking forward to an excellent event with the excitement of the attendees, leadership and speakers,” Tea Party Nation said in an announcement today. “We are grateful for the overwhelming response and appreciate the positive results expected from this convention.”