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" My parents were Democrats. "
" When I first registered to vote I registered as a Democrat. "
" I think politicians nationwide have earned a reputation sometimes that is very unfavorable because they will say things and then do something else when they get into office. "
" 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. "
" In many ways, Mitt Romney and I are very different. Different starts in life. Different paths to leadership. Different cultures. "
" 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 have to deliver the results I promised because, as the first Hispanic female governor, I'm going to pave a path of some kind. I want it to be one that little Hispanic girls will want to follow. "
" I didn't suddenly become conservative. It was only the label that changed. "
" I've known where my heritage is from all along. "
" The criminal justice system should have the authority to determine the immigration status of all criminals, regardless of race or ethnicity, and report illegal immigrants who commit crimes to federal authorities. "
" Our laws are too lax, our justice system too weak - particularly when it comes to violent, dangerous offenders. "
" I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. "
" I actually became a lawyer because I thought you had to be a lawyer in order to get into national politics. "
" 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. "
" It's extremely important that we elect people that look like the population they serve. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" Republicans need to stop making assumptions, and they need to start talking to younger people, people of color, and ask them - not talk to them - ask them, 'What is it that we can do better? How do we earn your vote? How do we earn the ability for you to see that we can be the party that will make your life better and that of your children?' "
" 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! "
" Sometimes you pay a price for standing up. "
" Every judge should have real-time access to the criminal background and history of defendants who appear in their courtrooms - so that sentencing and bail decisions can be made with that information. "
" I will veto any tax increase. "
" 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. "
" Experience has taught me that privacy truly is the touchstone of our criminal justice system. "
" I want to make sure that I fulfill the promises that I made to New Mexicans. That's extremely important to me. "
" Raising taxes does nothing to allow the economy to recover. "
" 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. "
" New Mexico is an environment where we are open for business. "
" 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. "
" 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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