Gov. Martinez shuts V.P door
April 9th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Didn't they already try this in 2008? It's not a woman it's the right woman!!!!! Now they want the latino vote and it seems obvious that baby rubio, that historian who lied about his family's coming to America, is NOT gonig to be the one either.
    There is not one single vp candidate that can do anything for the flip flopper's candidacy or whatever it is they are going to call the hold your nose and this is the best we can do and it stinks.

    April 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Just Say No to Flipper

    Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan would be the perfect nail in Rmoney's clown car coffin.

    April 9, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Why bother when your going to lose in a Dem landslide when we know It's coming anyway!!!!!

    April 9, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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