NM Gov. criticizes Romney stance on immigration

May 15, 2012 - 2:47 PM
Martinez Criticizes Romney

FILE - In this May 7, 2012 file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks in Albuquerque, N.M. Martinez, who is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate but has repeatedly said she has no interest in the spot, is criticizing presumptive nominee Mitt Romney for his harsh stance against immigration. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican often mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate but who repeatedly has denied interest, has criticized fellow Republican Mitt Romney's stance on immigration.

Martinez questioned the likely GOP presidential nominee's "self-deportation" strategy during an interview with Newsweek.

The magazine quotes the governor as asking for the meaning of self-deportation. She also says she doesn't doubt that Hispanics were alienated during the campaign for the GOP nomination.

Martinez suggested that Romney remind voters that President Barack Obama failed to deliver promised comprehensive immigration reform.

This wasn't the first time Martinez has criticized GOP rhetoric on immigration. In a January interview with The Associated Press, she urged candidates to tone it down and engage with voters instead.

Martinez couldn't be reached Tuesday by the AP.