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Tea party organizers 'extremely ecstatic' to hear from Lou Dobbs

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Tea Party Convention organizer Jamie Radtke said Saturday that the group is "extremely ecstatic" former CNN host Lou Dobbs will deliver the convention's keynote address this afternoon. Dobbs has faced questions in recent days after an article published in the Nation quoted illegal immigrants employed by a company Dobbs hired to help maintain the grounds of his Florida home.

The right-leaning editorial board of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has suggested it was hypocritical of the convention to have Dobbs, given the article's revelations. But Radkte said the group did not consider revoking the invitation.

"I have not had one person at the entire convention come up to me and talk to me about the Nation," she said. "Frankly, they don't read the Nation."

Dobbs slammed the Nation as a "left-wing, activist" organization and chalked the article up to the "barbs, the slams that directed at anyone that takes a strong position in the interest of this nation and the American people."

"When you enter the public arena, you have to be prepared for those kinds of personal attacks," he said.

"It would seem to me that what the Nation was arguing for, frankly, was racial profiling," he said. "And I would not participate in such a thing."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 9, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Lou Dobbs, one of the main proponents of the "North American Union" theiroy recently left CNN saying he would seek new ways to advocate his often inflammatory views.

"Some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN," Dobbs told viewers, "and to engage in constructive problem-solving, as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day."

Is Lou Dobbs thinking of running for office?

Posted by: FairEnough | October 9, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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