Martinez won’t be Romney VP, NM Gov. to speak at GOP convention
Martínez, the first Latina governor, has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.
“The veep rumor is over,” Martínez said following a news conference Monday about eliminating registration fees on companies doing business in New Mexico. “I’ve said it over and over and over and over, I don’t have any interest in being the vice president. I have every interest in the world of staying in New Mexico and taking care of New Mexico business.”
Martínez said the Romney campaign never talked to her about the vice presidential slot and that she was never vetted.
Martínez and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the first female governors of their states, are among a trio of female “firsts” slated to address the gathering that begins Aug. 27.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first black female to hold that job, is also scheduled to speak.
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