Susana Martinez on Principles & Values
Raised as Democrat; ran for District Attorney as Republican
I was a Democrat for many years. So were my parents. Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I knew a party-switch was exactly what they wanted.
So, I told [my husband] Chuck, we'll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye. But we talked about issues--they never used the words
Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare--is it a way of life, or a hand-up? Talked about the size of government--how much should it tax families and small businesses?
And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, "I'll be damned, we're Republicans."
Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech
, Aug 29, 2012
Endorsed as "Mama Grizzly" by Sarah Palin
In Alaska, the only thing we take more seriously than a grizzly bear is a mama grizzly with cubs to protect. I call the new generation of American women leaders--many of whom I've met on the campaign trail and in the towns and cities of
America--mama grizzlies. These are tough, serious, formidable women like Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Susana Martinez of new Mexico, and Carly Fiorina of California.
These women are at the forefront of a new wave of strong, confident American women who are positively affecting not just the Republican Party, but America itself. They're building businesses, leading men & women in government--
and, while they're at it, raising families.
Susana Martinez is a veteran district attorney and a Republican who wins elections in a county in which Democrats outnumber Republicans three to one.
Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.127-128
, Nov 23, 2010
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