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  •  NM Gov. Susana Martinez seems to get it (7+ / 0-)
    Martinez criticized Romney's comments when they were reported in September, and on Wednesday reiterated that she found them "ridiculous."

    "It's a ridiculous statement to make. You want to earn the vote of every single person you can earn, whether they be someone who relies on," she said. "Why would you ever write off 47 percent?"

    Martinez, whose was discussed in the national media as a possible running mate for Romney but was never vetted for the job, said she disagreed with Romney's post-election assessment that he lost to Obama in part because the president promised "gifts" to minority voters in return for their support, a comment that many leading Republicans have rebuked.

    "That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party--our comments that are not thought through carefully," she said.
    In order to make inroads with minority voters--particularly Hispanics--Martinez urged Republicans to pursue immigration reform and to begin grassroots outreach now instead of waiting until an election year to seek votes.

    "We need to embrace them not just at election time. We visit them, and they don't appreciate that. And I don't blame them for not appreciating that. We should not visit them when we need their vote and then walk away," she said.

     "And then four years go by and we go visit them again. We have to make them part of the solution, and the way you do that is by listening to them. And then making that part of, 'how do we do this together to make our lives all better?'
    "And then once you've done it," she added, "you tell them we did it together."

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:58:07 AM PST

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