New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Romney: ‘Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign’

Sinpac 2012/05/15 22:17:19
You have to be blind not to have seen this one coming!

Mitt Romney recently name-dropped New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez
as a possible pick to be his running mate. But first, the popular state
executive may have some things to teach him about outreach to

In an interview with Newsweek's Andrew Romano,
Martinez criticized Romney's approach to wooing Hispanic voters during
the campaign, in part because of statements during the primary contests
in which he said illegal immigrants would "self deport" if incentives were removed to remain in the country illegally.

"'Self-deport?' What the heck
does that mean?" Martinez told Romano. "I have no doubt Hispanics have
been alienated during this campaign. But now there's an opportunity for
Gov. Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and

Martinez, who was a Democrat
until she switched parties in 1995, went on to say that Republicans
should take a more "pragmatic approach" to immigration reform and should
be actively seeking to elect Hispanic lawmakers to national office:

Martinez's point is not that Republicans should peddle "amnesty." In New
Mexico, she's taken a lot of heat from Latinos for repeatedly pushing
to repeal a law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver's
licenses; she also opposes a standalone DREAM Act, arguing that "it has
to be part of a larger plan." She simply believes that a more pragmatic
approach will help Republicans in the long run, particularly if it's
paired with the sort of issues-based appeal that inspired her to switch
parties and a more aggressive campaign to recruit Hispanic candidates
for local office. Maybe then the GOP can finally do what she did in her
first statewide contest: approach the magic 40 percent mark among
Latino voters. That alone would be enough to swing a presidential

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  • Steve 2012/05/19 20:46:12
    I think it would be a shrewd choice for Romney -- but his right flank in the GOP would tar-and-feather him. If he won the Presidency, he'd face a right-wing primary challenge in four years.
  • Andy 2012/05/16 12:36:41
    Romney and Obama have done poorly to help the Hispanic population. Romney and the GOP have never embraced those of Hispanic heritage, and Obama stated that he would deal with immigration... NOPE!!
  • sjalan 2012/05/16 03:13:43
    A whole lot of them are REALLY pissed off.
  • aherbert 2012/05/15 23:12:33
    Everyone knows the GOP do not care one little bit about issues of Hispanic Americans.

    gop intolerant hispanic agenda
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2012/05/15 23:06:22
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    The Republican party as a whole has done an excellent job of turning Hispanics against them.
  • ken 2012/05/15 22:20:38
    That would be a better choice than most of the other names on any short list.

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