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" It's extremely important that we elect people that look like the population they serve. "
" New Mexico's agricultural economy is primarily composed of dairy and range livestock production. "
" As a prosecutor, I served victims; I fought to keep communities safe, and in every instance, I knew that it was my job to protect individuals' privacy. "
" Criminals take advantage of weak laws, like giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. "
" 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! "
" I do think we do have to respect the position of the presidency. "
" I'm an independent thinker. I am a woman. I am a Republican. And I think for myself, and I decide where I vote and how I vote. "
" Our laws are too lax, our justice system too weak - particularly when it comes to violent, dangerous offenders. "
" I offered early on - I think I was governor about a month when I met President Obama - and said, 'I would like to visit with you in reference to border security, in reference to immigration. I'd like to be part of the discussion because I lived on the border all my life.' I've never received a call. "
" My father was a security guard. I was a security guard. "
" When I first registered to vote I registered as a Democrat. "
" My parents taught me to never give up and to always believe that my future could be whatever I dreamt it to be. "
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" 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. "
" Unfortunately, New Mexico depends significantly on federal dollars. We have four military bases here in New Mexico. We have two national labs that are very important to our national defense. "
" I've known where my heritage is from all along. "
" Certainly, cutting spending is one of the things that can transcend to the federal government. I mean, I think the federal government has grown by leaps and bounds, and they need to look where do they need to cut. "
" Sometimes Republicans engage in number-crunching analysis that doesn't always take the neediest into account. "
" I am my own person. "
" You want to earn the vote of every single person you can... It doesn't matter whether individuals are in need of assistance of the government or individuals who are in college; it doesn't matter. "
" I want to make sure kids read by the third grade and are prepared for the fourth grade. As school gets harder and kids get older, the words get bigger... If they don't understand what they are reading, they start to fall back, and their interest in school falls off. "
" During my administration, we've welcomed a broad and diverse group of industries to New Mexico, including high-tech and traditional manufacturing, health care, information technology and finance. Some are homegrown New Mexico companies; others are global leaders in their industries. "
" I registered Democrat because my parents did. They were, we were. There was no thinking behind it. "
" I didn't suddenly become conservative. It was only the label that changed. "
" I don't think there's ever a silver bullet to any problem. There are always several answers and solutions to a problem. "
" 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 bipartisan manner and turned that deficit into a surplus. And we did it without raising taxes. "
" I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. "
" Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor. "
" I actually became a lawyer because I thought you had to be a lawyer in order to get into national politics. "
" I know what not being able to read can do to a child's confidence. "
" As a border prosecutor, I've put criminals behind bars who worked for some of the most violent cartels in the world. "
" I am donating $10,000 from my inaugural committee to the 'Pink Pack' because the only way we will find a cure for cancer is by joining together, pooling our resources, and focusing on the lifesaving mission that everyone can fight back against cancer. "