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10:55 am
Mon August 6, 2012

NM Governor to speak at GOP convention; VP rumors over

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney's short list of potential running mates.

Martinez said, "The veep rumor is over. I've said it over and over and over and over, I don't have any interest in being the vice president. I have every interest in the world of staying in New Mexico and taking care of New Mexico business."

Martinez, the nation's first female Hispanic governor, said the Romney campaign never talked to her about the vice presidential slot and she was never vetted.

She said she is humbled and honored to be picked to speak at the convention at the end of this month in Tampa, Fla.

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is one of three female Republican leaders picked to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.

Martinez and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the first female governors of their states, are among a trio of female firsts leaders slated to address the gathering that begins Aug. 27. Martinez has the additional distinction of being the first female Hispanic governor in the country.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first black female to hold that job, is also scheduled to speak.

The GOP convention schedule is packed with high-profile names to fire up divergent wings of the Republican Party, from social conservatives to fiscal hawks. They will speak ahead of Mitt Romney's formal acceptance of his party's presidential nomination.