July 18, 2016

Martinez appears in video at RNC

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Screenshot from Republican Governors Association video that aired at Republican National Convention.

Gov. Susana Martinez still hasn’t endorsed Donald Trump, but unlike many other high profile Republicans, she’s at the Republican National Convention where Trump will be formally nominated and she appeared in a video that played at the convention center.

Screenshot from Republican Governors Association video that aired at Republican National Convention.

Screenshot from Republican Governors Association video that aired at Republican National Convention.

Martinez appeared in a video put together by the Republican Governors Association, the organization which she chairs. The organization represents Republican governors and seeks to elect more Republican governors.

“It’s not about us as elected officials, it is about the people we represent,” Martinez said in the video, which is embedded below.

“We are working extremely hard to make New Mexico more competitive,” she said. “We’ve understood that New Mexico has not been competitive for many years. We’re working hard at reducing our taxes for the families and small businesses in New Mexico.”

Martinez also credits the energy industry for helping New Mexico “turn the corner.”

The video will likely be the only time Martinez appears in an official capacity at the RNC.

In the past, Martinez clashed with Trump. While at a rally in Albuquerque, Trump took aim at Martinez, who did not attend.

Later, Trump said he believed Martinez would “come over” and endorse him. She has not so far.

She said recently that she did not plan to speak at the convention. Martinez was not included on the schedule of speakers released by the Republican National Convention.

Martinez was given a high-profile speaking spot in 2012 at the convention where Mitt Romney was nominated.

The video appeared early Monday, before the short-lived chaos over whether or not there should be a roll call vote on the rules committee’s report. A roll call vote would have set the stage for anti-Trump forces to make a point, even if the rejection of the rule committee report was unlikely.

In addition to Martinez, RGA vice-chair Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Gary Herbert of Utah, Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Rick Scott of Florida, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Terry Branstad of Iowa, John Kasich of Ohio and Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence of Indiana spoke in the video.

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