No major networks aired Martinez speech in full
Posted at: 08/30/2012 11:57 AM
| Updated at: 08/30/2012 6:47 PM
By: KOB.com staff
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez delivered a prime time speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention - but none of the major television stations aired her full speech.
We've gotten a lot of phone calls from upset viewers - so today we wanted to bring you the highlights from our Chris Ramirez is in Tampa at the convention.
(Remember - you can still watch the entire speech and read the transcript here on KOB.com.)
NBC issued the following statement in response to the criticisms,"The one-hour broadcasts of the convention on the broadcast network are not meant to provide wall to wall coverage. Our producers made a decision to focus on the Rice and Ryan speeches during the limited time we had on the air. Fortunately, we were able to provide more complete coverage on our other platforms."
Governor Susana Martinez spoke about her childhood in El Paso, growing up poor but with parents who encouraged her to work hard to find success.
"I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum-that gun weighed more than I did," Martinez told the appreciative crowd. "My parents grew that small business from one 18-year-old guarding a bingo, to more than 125 people in three states."
Martinez also spoke about her time as a district attorney and her commitment to protect children and root out fraud.
"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."
About halfway through the speech, she turned the attention away from herself and onto GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"There is one candidate in this election who will protect that dream, one leader who will fight hard to keep that promise of America for the next generation," she said.
Romney asked Martinez to speak as part of a strategy he hopes will sway Latino and female Democrats to his side at the ballot box.
On Thursday night in Tampa, Romney will formally accept his party's nomination for president.
Stay with KOB as we provide live coverage from the convention floor.