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Damn, I'm a Republican!!

Thank you and good evening.

On behalf of the great state of New Mexico, let me express my gratitude for being invited to speak tonight.

Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor.

But this is America

Y, en America todo es posible.

My parents taught me to never give up and to always believe that my future could be whatever I dreamt it to be.

Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard-work and individual responsibility.

Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.

We grew up on the border and truly lived paycheck to paycheck. My dad was a golden gloves boxer in the Marine Corps, then a deputy sheriff. My mom worked as an office assistant.

One day, they decided to start a security guard business. I thought they were absolutely crazy--we literally had no savings, but they always believed in the American Dream.

So, my dad worked to grow the business.

My mom did the books at night. And at 18, I guarded the parking lot at the Catholic Church bingos.

Now, my dad made sure I could take care of myself.

I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum — that gun weighed more than I did!

My parents grew that small business--from one 18-year-old guarding a bingo--to more than 125 people in three states.

And sure, there was help along the way. But my parents took the risk. They stood up. And you better believe that they built it.

My parents also taught me about having the courage to stand for something. So, I went to law school and became a prosecutor.

I took on a specialty that very few choose to pursue -- I prosecuted child abuse and child homicide cases. Cases that were truly gut-wrenching.

But standing up for those kids, being their voice for justice, was the honor of a lifetime.

Sometimes you pay a price for standing up.

When I was a young prosecutor, I got called to testify against my boss. I could have backed down, but I didn't. I stood up to him. And he fired me for it.

So I took him on, ran against him for district attorney and beat him by a landslide!

I fear some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up.

What we have now are politicians. They won't offer real plans, and only stand up when they want to blame someone else.

And I don't say that just because a Democrat is in the White House. 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 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."

This election should not be about political parties. Too 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 up real solutions and have an 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 bi-partisan manner -- and turned that deficit into a surplus, all without raising taxes.

That's not the kind of leadership we are seeing from President Obama.

He promised to bring us all together, to cut unemployment, to pass immigration reform in his first year and even promised to cut the deficit in half in his first term.

Do you remember that?

But he hasn't come close.

They haven't even passed a budget in Washington, DC in three years!

If he can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding 5 trillion dollars to the national debt.

Because he did build that.

As the first Hispanic female governor in history, little girls often come up to me in the grocery store or the mall. They look and point, and when they get the courage, they ask "Are you Susana?" and they run up and give me a hug.

And I wonder. How do you know who I am?

But they do. And these are little girls.

It's in moments like these when I'm reminded that we each pave a path. And for me, it's about paving a path for those little girls to follow.

No more barriers.

In many ways Mitt Romney and I are very different. Different starts in life. Different paths to leadership. Different cultures.

But we've each shared in the promise of America, and we share a core belief that the promise of America must be kept for the next generation.

El sueno Americanos es tener exito.

It's success.

Success is the American Dream.

And that success is not something to be ashamed of, 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 up and make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States.

Thank you!



http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/30/damn_im_a_republican_115266.html


Added: Aug-30-2012 Occurred On: Aug-30-2012
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  • Blue Dog Democrats are going to decide this election and if enough of them saw the CodePink psychos dressed up as vaginas at the RNC and then listened to Mia Love speak it should be a fairly simple prospect. And if that's not enough then it's gonna be great to watch the DNC freak show, bring on Bank of America Arena that is not Bank of America Arena, Boeing North Carolina that was threaten by Obama's Union thugs and the OWS circus in Charlotte, NC!

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  • "A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality"

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  • This being one of the minority speakers at the RNC that the mainstream media refused to put on the air. White people only on the demomarxist media network.

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  • Ironic that she waxes on about the American dream in a stump speech for a man who made his money by helping to kill it.

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  • Ain't going to happen. The last thing we need in the White House is a man who has been cashing on the misery of the middle-class for years.

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  • What's most laughable is that you slugs consider yourselves to be "more" American than others.

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  • Just be careful if you drive a car in Arizona. Your skin color is probable cause there.
    BTW, last time I checked, New Mexico receives is the country's #1 recipient of Federal money. So, actually, you didn't build it entirely on your own. But I still wish you the best in your term as governor of NM.

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    • @picklethepug The feds don't have any money of their own.Federal money comes from the taxpayers.

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    • @marc1921
      Correct. And New Mexico receives more of everyone else's money than any other state.

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    • @picklethepug
      you pulled that right out of your boney little pimply arse!
      It's up there but not "more than any other state"

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    • @PimeTaradox
      Its some butthurt coward that I've destroyed so many times in the comments theyve set up shill account to shield from further embarrassment. Im pretty sure I know who it is but I'm going to keep it to myself because, quite frankly, I find it quite hilarious. Blocking would take all the fun away.

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  • awesome!!

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  • it is true..'govt. built that'...we have them to thank for the mess we suffer in....thank you obama for reminding me and bringing me down.....

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  • YEAH FLIP FLOP MITT YOU CAN DEW IT.

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  • From the article;

    "If he (Obama) can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding 5 trillion dollars to the national debt."

    Maybe if he (Obama) hadn't given the state of New Mexico $2.63 for every $1.00 New Mexico paid in Federal taxes he (Obama) could reduce the deficit Governor.

    Your taking credit for "Fiscal recovery" is the height of arrogance Governor. You're living in a dream world.

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  • Six of the top ten states that get more money from the Federal government than they pay in are controlled by Republicans For each dollar they pay in the get back the following:

    1. New Mexico: $2.63 Republican
    2. West Virginia: $2.57 Democrat
    3. Mississippi: $2.47 Republican
    4. District of Colombia: $2.41 Democrat
    5. Hawaii: $2.38 Democrat
    6. Alabama: $2.03 Republican
    7. Alaska: $1.93 Republican
    8. Montana: $1.92 Democrat
    9. South Carolina: $1.92 Republican
    10. Maine: $1.78 Republican

    So how ex More..

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