November 10th, 2010
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Governor-elect's message for Obama

(CNN) - President Obama said he wants to meet with the freshman class of governors, and the country's first female Hispanic governor-elect said she knows what she wants to say to him.

"I certainly want him to focus in on New Mexico and the issues of, one, creating jobs… reviving our economy, but also on the border," Republican Governor-elect Susana Martinez said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA Wednesday. "We must secure our border."

Martinez will become New Mexico's first female governor when she's sworn in, and as governor-elect of a border state, said the country needs to address the issue of illegal immigration.

"I don't support amnesty… there has to be some other way of dealing with the issue," she told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "It may be we identify individuals but we cannot just have a path to citizenship created when there are people in line already doing the proper things."

She also spoke out against the New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to receive driver's licenses and then have the ability to travel throughout the country.

"My focus has been on removing the driver's licenses and revoking those that have already been issued," Martinez said. "I never want an individual who's in New Mexico who has been a victim of a violent crime not to be able to dial 911 and call the police and get the same treatment that any American citizen would receive as a victim of crime."

Martinez, a former Democrat and district attorney received the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the campaign, but declined to endorse her for president.

"(The) people are the ones that are going to decide whether she should become the next president," Martinez said. "She certainly energized Americans to listen, focus, pay attention to what elected officials are doing. I congratulate her for that."

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Oh my God. First you say an ex-leader says Bush is lying, then you change it to an ex-friend. Now you change it back to ex-leader.

    Who's in charge there?

    November 10, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. obama victim

    man this has to have the lefties puckered up.....do they really want to attack a female hispanic?? this should be amusing.....c-mon wingnuts, don't let me down

    November 10, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    I understand all to well the WANT for securing the border. I live near the border in Texas and just last week on the Mexican side about 5 minutes from the border there was a 8 HOURS shootout between the Mexican military and Zetas!!! 8 hours of non stop shooting!!! Of course the Mexican Military does not care if they get the BIG HEAD of the Zetas in that region alive or not ... and sure enough they got him ... dead!

    November 10, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    She is exactly correct. We have an immigration system. We have laws against illegal immigration. Our government is failing to enforce our immigration laws. That HAS to change.

    November 10, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. yup

    Raaaaaaaacist!!!! Oh wait, she's Hispanic. What will the left cry about now?

    November 10, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. stufthis

    The key to republican success: First she needs to reject all stimulus funds. Then she needs to file suit against any help for her state with health reform. Finally, she needs to reject government assistance and complain that the federal government doing too much. If she does this well, she can blame President Obama for not helping New Mexicans.

    November 10, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Emilio

    Obama should just have an extended vacation that lasts to the end of his term. He's pilloried by all and sundry when all he's trying to do is help in some way, unfortunately the problems facing this country are far too great for that little cautious man to tackle, let alone solve. The criminals running the world, and this country, have decided on what is in their best interest and apparently the destruction of the American middle-class, the rollback of the entire New Deal, and the return to the days of the Robber Barons seems to be their plan. So for some wishy-washy governor-elect to be making demands on this poor fellow is just another fool trying to embarrass him further whilst pile-on the agony. Give 'em the finger Barrack.

    November 10, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "She certainly energized Americans to listen, focus, pay attention to what elected officials are doing. I congratulate her for that."
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    "...pay attention to what elected officials are doing..." Wow! That was very well put Ms. Martinez. Elected officials are running amok, telling lies, and spreading fear amongst the populace. You're quite right in saying that the half-wit half-termer has definitely made America focus on this problem which she helped create, and continues to promote.

    I hope I don't eat my words Ms. Martinez, but you sound sensible. I hope you do well for New Mexico.

    November 10, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    She was later quoted as saying "As a Hispanic Republican, I can think of no better way to espouse their core principe of 'I GOT MINE, SO SCREW YOU' than by joining them in their neverending quest to demonize Mexicans and immigrants in general, to insist upon building an East Berlin style wall across the southern border and to demand spending trillions on institution of a police state sufficient to locate and deport all illegal immigrants. I have my citizenship, so screw them."

    November 10, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Obviously another Republican that doesn't know anything about business or Washinton.
    The President cannot create jobs except through Congress and that would be for infrastructure or new insutry incentive like energy projects. Thsi non-sense that tax cuts will do it are ludicris if you have ever run a business. You either need employees or you don't. You either need to buy new equipment or you don;t and this craziness about more tqx cuts for business when everything a business does is already a deduction, only shows why lawyers should not be running this country. Adn the fact that business is sitting on money is because we have stopped buying, meaning they don't need anything- it has nothingto do with income tax breaks for the wealthy.

    November 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Marcus

    Anyone who bothers to check the official numbers (which CAN'T be made up without major criminal charges be brought against thosde who made bogus ones and those who ordered them to be made) will see that, compared to the previous POTUS, Mr. Obama is doing a better job. The borders are safe? Safer than they were 2/3 years ago. Can they be safer? Yes, so if that's what you want to discuss with him, Ma'am Governor, then just call him.

    November 10, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Operation Crush Rush

    Lets bring back Lou DobbsmHe talked about this issue for years while the right was tonedeaf to it so the Corporate scumbags could make billions with slave labor,hahaha

    November 10, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Who's in charge there?"

    The advertising deparmtent.

    November 10, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. PAUL OHEARN

    I love the way this lady thinks. I agree 100% with what she is saying. When you are ready to move on come to SC and apply for the job as governor, or better than that stay were you are and run for president.

    November 10, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. DJ

    From CA to FL, only CA now will have a Dem governor, all the rest are GOP, and everyone ran on border security. Tells you that the American people are concerned about the safety of our nation with obama in there

    November 10, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. vic nashville tn

    Best of Luck let see her position may change in 2012

    November 10, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. ken

    If she's looking to find out what happened to the jobs in New Mexico, tell her to look in Old Mexico.

    November 10, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Pamela

    Well I am from NM. She wants to take drivers licenses from illegal immigrants immediately. OKAY!! Does she think just because she takes them away they won't drive. She is sadly mistaken. We will have tons of people driving with no licenses and no insurance. So that means our insurance rates are gonna go through the roof. Also when I get hit by an illegal w no license and no insurance. I am sending her the bill to fix my car. I am not saying to give them citizenship. But no matter what we do they are still gonna come illegally. So why not give them work visas so we can tax them put a bigger tax on the license and insurance coverages. In NM you must have insurance. Most people have insurance our rates are not so high here because of that fact. Including the illegals.... So i am curious to see how this is gonna work? I think she is a little naive.. She cannot just say this is gonna happen without the support of our state senators and state legislators. Good Luck!!!!!!

    November 10, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Tom in Santa Fe, NM, USA

    Nice to see non-New Mexican's chiming in. I'm proud that I voted for Governor-Elect Martinez. I think she will do a fine job as Governor, as well as cleaning up the "good ol' boys club". As a former New Yorker, she is the Guilliani that New Mexico needs and wanted. The Democrats better keep an eye on her – 2012, maybe not, but 2016??? @Anonymous – Try spell-checking, and obviously you know nothing of Governor-Elect Martinez nor New Mexico. "Revivng our economy..." pertains to New Mexico's economy, not the U.S. economy. A large portion of New Mexico's economy is reliant on the Federal Government. Ever hear of Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia Labs, White Sands Missle Range, Cannon AFB (former homebase of the retired FA-111 Stealth Fighter), etc.

    November 10, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. BOB

    I cannot wait until 2012 when we have more republicans like this in office. Ms Martinez is a breath of fresh air. I cannot wait until 2012 when obama is a 1 term president. This must really irritate the left wing crazies that the republicans are electing so many hispanics and african americans.

    November 10, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. angrymob

    Congrats Martinez, funny how the dempcratic party talks about equality, but it's the republican party who is opening the door to politics for hispanics. Mr. Rubio I can see you'll be in good company. My personal thanks goes out to the independants who shaped this election and saw how horribly wrong the country had swerved and helped to correct it. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of the Barrakalypse.

    November 10, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |