New Mexico governor: Tone down political rhetoric

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New Mexico governor: Tone down political rhetoricFILE - This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Janet Murguia, president and CEO, National Council of La Raza, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murguia called President Barack Obama the "deporter in chief," denouncing the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Murguia also directed her anger and frustration at Republicans in the House of Representatives for stalling on immigration legislation, which is languishing some eight months after the Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive bill. Murguia made the comments at an awards dinner Tuesday night, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)(Credit: AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling on political opponents to tone down harsh rhetoric and asking that critics of President Barack Obama respect his office despite political differences.

The Republican rising star and nation’s only Latina governor made the remarks Wednesday during a conference call with reporters on GOP efforts to recruit more women and minority candidates.

Her comments come after the president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called Obama the “deporter in chief.”

Janet Murguia, head of the National Council of La Raza, made that remark Tuesday during a speech denouncing the administration’s deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants.

Martinez also said her own party needs to watch its tone and rhetoric when talking to minority voters.

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