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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:54 AM

Gov. Martinez Says Romney Remark ‘Sets Us Back’

Source: TPM

Add New Mexico governor Susana Martinez (R) to the list of Republican leaders upset with Mitt Romney's claim that President Obama won the election by doling out "gifts" to minorities, youth, and women.

"That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party -- our comments that are not thought through carefully," Martinez told Yahoo's Chris Moody. Martinez, who previously criticized Romney's "47 percent" remarks in September, added that his fundraiser video was a "ridiculous statement."

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Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/gov-martinez-says-romney-remark-sets-us-back



More from the Yahoo News article cited:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mexico-gov-susana-martinez-comments-romney-set-us-042536026--election.html

As a Republican governor of Mexican descent who won all but four counties in a Democratic state, Martinez has ideas for how the party can reach voters who traditionally support Democrats. But it's going to take some work--and a touch of humility--from her colleagues.

"Republicans need to stop making assumptions, and they need to start talking to younger people, people of color, and ask them--not talk to them--ask them, What is it that we can do better? How do we earn your vote? How do we earn the ability for you to see that we can be the party that will make your life better and that of your children?" Martinez said in an interview after the conference here. "But we can't be the ones that come and tell them how things are going to be and how we have all the solutions."

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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?'

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highplainsdem Nov 2012 OP
Tansy_Gold Nov 2012 #1
barbtries Nov 2012 #5
Tansy_Gold Nov 2012 #9
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #2
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #3
durablend Nov 2012 #4
olegramps Nov 2012 #6
Ineeda Nov 2012 #7
FSogol Nov 2012 #8
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #10
DallasNE Nov 2012 #11

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:57 AM

1. The way for Republicans to win minorities' (and women's) votes is easy

They just need to adopt Democratic principles of equality, fair play, and honesty.

See -- it's easy!

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:07 AM

5. exactly.

i was about to comment to the very same thought!

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Response to barbtries (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:56 AM

9. GMTA!

It's kinda funny. Last night I stumbled across an old copy of Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative." I might have to read it just to see how far the current GOP has strayed even from his ideas/ideals.

I mean if we (or at least some of us) lament that the Dems have slid too far to the right over the past 30 years trying to capture RW votes, what should that tell the gooopers?

D'OH!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:01 AM

2. Romney is in the middle of a tantrum

Proceed, Mitt.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:03 AM

3. Her comments are ridiculous.

Southern white males are all-knowing, and surely people like Rove and Romney understand the crippled minds of the underclasses better than they themselves do.

Those People are lazy and shiftless and have no idea what's Good For Them, and need masters to do the thinking for them.

At least I hope that's what the Republicans continue to think.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:07 AM

4. In other words

The Republican party needs an epiphany and I just don't see it happening.

Expect more batshit insanity to come because clearly they haven't learned anything from a week and a half ago.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:31 AM

6. If she believes what she says then why in hell is she a Republican.

She knows that when she runs as a Republican that they will overwhelmingly support her while she can also attract Latino voters insuring her victory.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:31 AM

7. Watch for her in 2016.

I thought she might be the VP candidate this year, but this was the year for the War on Women, so she wouldn't fit. The next presidential election she'll be primed for the GOP to prove that the WoW is over. And the bonus will be that the WoH (War on Hispanics) will be over, too.

(sort of)

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:50 AM

8. Then what did the Romney nomination do?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:43 PM

10. Don't slow down rMoney's momentum! Let him keep picking up speed as he races downhill!

Imagine the destruction he can do when he hits terminal velocity!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:33 PM

11. Gov. Martinez Is Too Kind To Republicans

When she claims that Republicans talk to them each election cycle. I didn't hear Romney talking to Hispanics or other minorities during the election. I heard him talking to older, white males. When the discussion mentioned issues important to those groups I heard talk about making conditions so miserable people would self-deport or the 47% that only want government handouts and the dog whistle comments, especially from the likes of John Sununu. That is talking to older, white males. And Romney got a higher percentage of those voters than McCain did 4 years earlier. Here Gov. Martinez is just trying to sugar coat the larger problems faced by the Republican party. Besides, she bypasses the policy issues that so turn off so many voters like cuts to vital services and trickle down economics that don't work.

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