Martinez for Vice President? Some say so

Posted at: 11/05/2013 10:45 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some think they know what the 2016 Republican presidential ticket looks like.

It includes New Mexico governor Susana Martinez.  

On Monday, Martinez made eight campaign stops with New Jersey governor, republican Chris Christie.

The appearances have some saying Martinez and Christie together could be a preview of 2016's republican presidential ticket.     

Martinez and Christie are no new political team -- they've campaiged together before.    

After Monday though, some say looking at these two together could be a preview of the 2016 Republican presidential ticket:

"We cross party lines, we debate, we keep our principles," said Martinez.

On the campaign trail with Christie, Martinez listed traits she says the two of them share, during an interview with NBC News.

"She has I think tread that sort of moderate conservative trail very carefully," said Lonna Atkeson, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico.     

Atkeson says those traits, and all the national face time, is fueling predictions Martinez may end up on a presidential ticket.

"They would like to see more Hispanics, Latinos supporting the Republican ticket," said Atkeson.

Appealing to Latino voters is exactly what Christie and Martinez seemed to be doing on Monday.

"We have to embrace minorities and not just visit them before election time," said Martinez, on a stop in mostly Hispanic Union City.

Martinez opened up to NBC News about seeking out minority voters, and including them in solutions.

"What you do is you highlight a small state," said Atkeson.

Atkeson says Martinez out front on a big campaign like Christie's puts our state on stage..

"A small state like New Mexico benefits from national attention," said Atkeson.

But Atkeson says 2016 is far away.

"Her first priority absolutely has to be New Mexico, because she has an upcoming gubernatorial race," said Atkeson.

Martinez echoed that sentiment herself again on Monday.

"I'm committed to New Mexico, I have no thoughts about 2016 in reference to me," said Martinez.

But Atkeson says she wouldn't be surprised if that changes.

Maybe in a big way.

"She should be a viable presidential candidate as well, not just a viable vice presidential candidate," said Atkeson.

Being seen with Christie certainly started a lot of speculation about a possible ticket.  

A headline from coverage of the pairs campaign last night reads: "... Our First Look At Chris Christie With The Woman He Might Pick For Vice President."   

Martinez is up for re-election in 2014.