Gov. Martinez shuts V.P door
April 9th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Gov. Martinez shuts V.P door

(CNN) – She often makes the list of potential Republican vice presidential picks, but if asked to serve in the No. 2 spot, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said her answer would be "no."

The first term governor cited her developmentally disabled sister and commitment to New Mexico residents as reasons for her decision.

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"The family has to be a consideration, and for me to take (my sister) to Washington would be to separate her from … the family that's down there, and that would be devastating," Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal recently. "I just couldn't do it."

Martinez, the first female governor of New Mexico and first female Hispanic governor in the U.S., said stepping down as governor before reaching her goals would be like "jumping ship."

"I can't do this halfway and jump into something else. It would distract from what we have to do here," Martinez said.

The V.P. speculation game has occupied many a pundit, blog post and newspaper column inch as Romney continues to advance his delegate total.

While some potential veeps like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia have left the door open (if only a crack), others like Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina have firmly shut it.

Martinez has pushed back against White House speculation since her inauguration in 2011, when she questioned how she could be a role model for young women if she abandoned her post early.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Susana Martinez
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    A wise Latina?

    April 9, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Not surprising, the GOP will not support a woman. Even Lisa Murkowski is not happy that the GOP has been attacking women's rights.

    April 9, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Bill

    There is a reason all these "potential" VP candidates are saying no. They want to have a political future and do not want to be part of a losing ticket in November. Why would anyone line up behind the weakest general election candidate in more that a generation?

    April 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    very smart lady...she knows that the GOP at this point is NOT going to get the Latino vote so why be used as a token. Mitt has failed to win Latino support other than maybe SE Florida Cuban-Americans that normally vote Republican anyway.

    April 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. mary

    Isn't this the senator who talked about "pulling the plug on Grandma" during the health insurance debate?

    April 9, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    I guess the All-you-can-eat-buffet Governer is still in the running?? HaHa. I said "running" and Christie in the same sentence. He couldn't run from the table to the bathroom without needing oxygen

    April 9, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. NonSuch

    Not to mention that she really would not want to be the token hispanic person at the Republican Convention. A person has a right to be in whatever political party they want but if you are a minority or a female you have to wonder why you would be a republican right now. I definitely would not have said the same thing in the Reagan or Bush Sr. era.

    April 9, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Dave

    I believe 100 % that she had been asked by Mr Personality & said NO! Mitt being way doen with woman & Latinos was the reason she was the 1st pick, not to mention a swing state & tea party affliations. Romney said so many stupid things about so many group, minorities , the poor, women, & Latinos & tweaking meicare, he has alienated himself to the rich, richer & richest Men with the exception of the deep south, which still calls him muslim. The only true way Willard has a shot is what he is doing with Rove & the Kochs behind closed doors by trying to take away votes from MILLIONS of Americans. He is CHEATING & dont give a damn, What a true American, NOT

    April 9, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Smart move governor. Don't get played for a fool like Silly Sarah. Willard will do ANYTHING to win!!!

    BTW, Willard Broke the Law

    April 9, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Emmy Skaddittle

    lets see, maybe its because the republican don't respect women and or maybe its because the republicans have made it okay to be racist toward Latinos and she doesn't want to be seen as a traitor to either

    April 9, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    Come on Mittens, pick somebody crazy, like Newtster! Or do the John Mccain and pick Bachman! This race would be funny, if I wasn't so afraid. I just wonder what tricks will be up the sleeves of the rethugs, I just don't see them walking away when Mittens loses, not after all the millions they are spending to buy this election.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 9, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Since Republicans like to throw Hillary Clinton's name into the ring so much, why don't they pick her?

    April 9, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe he'd be smart to pick Kay Bailey Hutchinson from Texas. Romney would already have the lock on the state, but it might help him with women having her on the ticket. Snowe would be also a good choice as well.

    April 9, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. bankkiller1

    Ms. Martinez has an agenda in New Mexico to weaken the rights of the people while helping corporations rule New Mexico. Look at the legislation she supports, mainly to the benefit of Oil and Gas, Big Box Stores and Utilities. She can do more damage against the American PEOPLE as Governor. Mitt will lose to the lessor of two evils anyway...

    April 9, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (not the whiny rightwing liar)

    Donald Trump? Ann Coulter? Herman Cain? C'mon ya crazies, you aren't even trying. You know you want to be "bold" again.

    April 9, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. No Way I'll Vote for Romney

    Doesn't really matter who Romney has as his running mate. He will not be able to buy the Office of President. The general election is so different than the primaries. Romney is unable to appeal to the general population. He has gone too far to the right and will be unable to move back to the center. The majority of Americans are moderates.

    April 9, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. ST

    More headache for Romney. Picking the right VP who is acceptable, acquainted for the job, is the first test he has to face (incase he is the nominee), before anyone gives self a thought whether to pick him or not. It is not a simple test. Sen. McCain failed completely.

    April 9, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Dave

    Can a filthly rich bishop get 12 elevators for his 12 homes for his 12 cars? BISHOP, YO, dont that go against seperation of church & state. President Bishop Willard Romney. I am DEFINITELY NOT FEELIN THAT!!!!!!

    April 9, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    It'll be Kyl from Texas. Or maybe he'll talk Mitch Daniels into the VP slot?
    Sorry libtards, no woman to insult and ridicule this time around.

    April 9, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Publius Novus

    Ms. Schwarz, you are a little confused. Directly contrary to your reporting above, Rep. Paul Ryan stated unequivocally, on March 25, 2012, that he would consider a VP invitation if made by Romney. On the other hand, Sen. Rubio, on April 5, 2012, said he would not be the Republican nominee for VP. So you story should read Rubio has closed the door, but Ryan has it wide open. Are you paying attention at all?

    April 9, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. cali girl

    Is there anyone left who is not being vetted for VP? Everyday there is a mention of a running mate, or a mention of someone who will not accept being the running mate.

    April 9, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    It'll be Kyl from Texas. Or maybe he'll talk Mitch Daniels into the VP slot?
    Sorry libtards, no woman to insult and ridicule this time around.
    **************************************************************************
    Aw geez, and that's what we live for, right? Hey, tell you what we'll do: we're going to tear Romney and whatever worthless POS he cons into running with him because they are monumentally unqualified for the task: is that ok-oh, we did that last time out. It was the righties who screamed " Kill him!" at their rallies, not us.

    April 9, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Willard will never get the opportunity of chosing anyone for a VP slot because he will NEVER be president.

    April 9, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Dave

    Can a bishop mormon get all up in that 12 elevators for 12 houses for 12 cars? out of touch with America???????????

    April 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Smart lady, Republicans will have to look for another token Hispanic and they won't find one.

    April 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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