CO congressman challenges Richardson to debate
Source: AP

WASHINGTON -- Governor Richardson has been challenged to a debate on immigration and border security by Republican Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo.

Tancredo says he's ready as soon as Richardson's schedule permits.

Tancredo accused the Democratic governor this week using money freed up by a declaration of a state of emergency along the Mexican border to monitor a volunteer border patrol group.

Richardson has denied that accusation.

The Colorado Republican says he and Richardson agree on one point only: that the federal government has abdicated its responsibility to provide meaningful border security and has failed to make progress in preventing illegal immigration.

Tancredo detailed his record on immigration yesterday in a letter to Richardson.

He says now it's time to examine Richardson's record.