Susanna Martinez: 'I Was a Democrat for Many Years'

RNC 2012: The first Hispanic female governor introduces Paul Ryan at the Republican Convention.
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Transcript for Susanna Martinez: 'I Was a Democrat for Many Years'
New Mexico. The first ten and a female governor in -- history and the United States. Please welcome. -- Susanna Martinez. Think you and good evening. Before -- begin tonight. Let's keep in our prayers. The families impacted by the storm affecting the Gulf Coast. If you haven't done so already please donate to the Red Cross. To find out more about how you can help those affected by hurricane Isaac. Please visit the Red Cross dot -- Back -- it. I am -- my happiness. On behalf of the great -- in New Mexico let me express my gratitude. For being invited to speak tonight. Growing I never imagined. A little girl. From a border town could one day become a governor. But this is America. -- not many got. You're -- live. My parents are legion never give -- Until always believed that my future could be what ever I attempted to -- Six -- they taught me. Is built on the foundation of courage. Hardware error an individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe me. Success. Is not built on resentments. And fears. -- on the border. And is truly live paycheck to paycheck. My dad was a golden gloves boxer in the Marine Corps in a deputy sheriff. My mom works as an office assistant. One day they decided it started security guard business -- thought they were absolutely crazy. We literally had no savings. But they. Always believes. In the American dream. My dad -- to grow the business. My mom -- the -- at night. And an eighteen year old I guard in the parking lot at the Catholic Church bingo -- Now my dad made sure I could take care of myself. I carried -- Smith & Wesson 357 -- That's -- waited more than I did. My parents through that small business. From 118 year old guarding -- bingo. To more than a 120. I -- employees. In three states. -- help along the way. But my parents took their risk these stood. And you better believe -- -- he built it. My parents doesn't taught me about having the courage to stand for something. So went -- school and became a prosecutor. I took on it a special team that very -- -- used to pursue. I've prosecuted. Child abuse. And child homicide cases. Cases that were truly gut wrenching. But standing up for those kids. Being their voice -- just this. Was the honor. Of a lifetime. Sometimes you pay -- price for standing up when I was a young prosecutor. I got called to testify against my boss. -- to back down. But I didn't. I stood up to him. Any -- before it. So I took him on. Ran against him for district attorney. And BMI by a landslide. I -- some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up. The we have now what we have in our politicians. They won't offer a real plan. And only send them when they want to blame someone else. Not only say that just because a Democrat is in the White House. -- was a Democrat for many years. So -- might parent. Before -- ran for district attorney to Republicans invited my husband and -- elevenths. And I knew. A party -- was exactly what they want it. So I don't -- Will be -- -- Enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye. We talk about issues. They never use the words Republican or Democrat. Conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues like welfare. Is -- a way of life or hand that. Talked about size of government how much should it tax families and small businesses. And when we left that -- We got in the car and I looked over -- shot. And said. Being damned. Where Republicans. Okay. I. Am. This election should not be about political parties to many Americans are out of work. And our debt is out of control. This election needs to be about those issues. And it is the responsibility. Of both parties to offer -- real solutions. And haven't honest debate. In New Mexico. I inherited the largest structural deficit. In state history. And our legislature. Is controlled by Democrats. We don't always agree. But we came together in a bipartisan. Manner and turned that -- -- -- Into -- surplus. And we did it without raising taxes. And I. But that's not the kind of leadership that we are seeing from President Obama. He promised to bring us all together. To cut unemployment. To pass immigration reform in this first year. And even promised to cut the deficit in. In his first term do you remember the but he hasn't come clothes. They haven't even passed a -- -- In Washington DC in three years. If he didn't take credit act for government buildings small businesses. Then he can accept responsibility. For breaking his promise and adding five. -- trillion dollars of the national debt. He didn't build back. As the first Hispanic female governor in the history. Little girls often come -- to mean in the grocery store or in the -- They look but -- points. And when they get the courage to come up -- Are used designer. And they -- up and they give me a hug. And I wonder. How do you know who I -- What they do. And these are little girls. It's in moments like these when I'm reminded. -- we each pave -- path. And for me it's about paying a pass but those little girls -- -- -- They need to know. No more -- years. -- -- -- Mitt Romney and I are very different. Different starts in line at different -- leadership. Different cultures. But -- each shared in the promise of America. And we shared core belief that the promise of America must be kept but the next generation. And -- window and make -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It is success since success is the American dream. And that's success is not something to be ashamed. Or to demonize. There is one candidate in this election who will protect that dream. One leader who will fight hard to keep the promise of America for the next generation. And that's why we must stand. And make Mitt Romney the next president -- -- it's okay. And I news.

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