From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
CONCORD, NH -- Tancredo filed for the New Hampshire primary this morning, saying that the Colorado Rockies have shown that "anything can happen."
"I know the odds are long," he said. "[But] in April the Rockies were too hurt for a team. And in August, they just couldn't put it together. September, they were too far behind. And look what happens." He added, "Anything can happen, in sports and in politics."
Tancredo paid the $1,000 filing fee by check, after filling out the declaration of candidacy form at the historic filing desk in the secretary of state's office. Tancredo is the first of the major presidential candidates to file.
After filing, Tancredo laughed at the idea that Romney was challenging other candidates' Republican credentials. "I don't think I were do that if I were Mitt," he said. Tancredo added that his voting record is one of the highest rated in the field by Republican interest groups. "I have a record that is consistent. And I will tell you, as opposed to almost every other person on the stage, I think that that is the most glaring example of the difference between us, and certainly between myself and Mr. Romney."
Tancredo then offered to take the debate one step further. "A hundred years ago, you would test someone's veracity by a duel, or some other kind of physical test," Tancredo said. "I'll do this, I challenge Governor Romney to a trap-shooting contest here in New Hampshire. Loser drops out."