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At The Alamo, Patrick Renews Challenge To Castro For Immigration Debate

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Screenshot from Patrick's video renewing his challenge for Mayor Castro to debate him about immigration.

Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

"San Antonio Mayor Castro attacking me personally tells the whole story. Castro and his pal Obama know I’ll do what Washington and our current lieutenant governor won’t do. I’ll secure the border, and end taxpayer benefits for illegal immigrants, no in-state tuition, no drivers license and no free health care."

This week for the start of early voting, Patrick released a new video on his campaign’s YouTube page shot in front of San Antonio’s iconic Alamo mission.

"I challenged you to a debate, you said 'yes' and now it’s almost been a month and yet you refuse to set a debate here in February. I ready mayor, any time, you just name it. The next move is yours. Mayor, I care more about the citizens of this state and this city than I think you do."

Castro this month said he wouldn’t debate the issue with Patrick because of his State of the City address scheduled for late February. Castro said he suspects Patrick wanted to use the highly-publicized debate to gain votes in the Republican primary election.

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.