Martinez gets primetime role for GOP convention

Aug 22, 2012

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will make a primetime speech next week at the Republican National Convention.

Republican officials announced Tuesday that Martinez will deliver her remarks right before the keynote speaker on the convention's second day.

Martinez appears before a video and the keynote address next Tuesday night by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Republicans are holding their presidential nominating convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

A primetime speaking role increases the potential for national television exposure for Martinez, who is the nation's first Hispanic female governor.

Martinez was elected in 2010 and is the first female governor of New Mexico.