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Though many past politicians have accepted the vice presidential slot after strongly denying any interest, she told the Albuquerque Journal recently that her responsibility for a developmentally disabled sibling precluded a move to Washington.

"The family has to be a consideration, and for me to take [my sister] to Washington would be to separate her from … the family that's down there, and that would be devastating," Martinez said. "I just couldn’t do it."