GOP speech puts NM governor in national spotlight

Aug 30, 2012

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her debut on the national political stage to offer a message of hope and opportunity.  

You can hear her full address online.

Martinez described how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

The governor made a prime-time appearance Wednesday night with a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Martinez spoke shortly before Paul Ryan was scheduled to accept the vice presidential nomination.

She offered her life story as an example of the "promise of America" and emphasized the importance of the presidential election in preserving those opportunities for future generations.

Martinez made political history with her election in 2010, becoming the first woman elected as governor of New Mexico as well as the nation's first Latina governor.