Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. Wants Debate In N.M.(Final)

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

Democrats To Stage Events at 6 Locations

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Bill Richardson said again Tuesday that he would not seek a spot on a presidential ticket in 2004, but he is pressing party officials to schedule a Democratic presidential primary election debate in New Mexico later this year.

Richardson, a former congressman and U.S. Energy secretary, on Tuesday gave the opening speech at the annual meeting of the New Democrat Network, a group of centrist Democrats who recruit and support promising candidates for federal offices.

After his speech, Richardson met with Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Hispanic party leaders and urged them to consider Albuquerque for a primary debate. …

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