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Republican New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is best known for her role as the nation's first female Hispanic governor.
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Martinez's victory made her the first female governor of New Mexico, and the first female Hispanic governor in the country.
In 2012, as the United States presidential race began to heat up, there was speculation as to whether Martinez would be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's pick for vice president. The governor had stated several times, however, that she would not run. In a May 2012 Newsweek article,
author Andrew Romano said that Martinez "may be the boldest, savviest vice-presidential pick Mitt Romney could make."
Romano goes on to say, "To thrive in the years ahead, Republicans must do a better job of appealing to three kinds of people: women, Latinos, Westerners. Simply put, the GOP needs to become less of a Mitt Romney party and more of a Susana Martinez party."
Even Martinez sort of agreed with the sentiment that Romney is somewhat out of touch, criticizing his immigration strategy and saying that she has "no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign." But Martinez's reason for continually saying "no" to the possibility of running on the Republican vice-presidential ticket is convincing. She told the Albuquerque Journal in April 2012 that her responsibility as a guardian for her developmentally disabled sister, Lettie, in Las Cruces is one that she can't bring to the nation's capital, "regardless of who calls." Family, she said, has to be a consideration. "I just couldn't do it," she said of separating her sister from the family in New Mexico.
Despite rumors about Martinez's potential vice-presidential nod, Romney announced U.S. Republican Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate for vice president in August 2012.
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