"We have a lot of people that are at the poverty level in New Mexico, but they count just as much as anybody else," Martinez said. "There is a net that does allow them to be caught and taken care of, whether it be through medical services, whether it be food services, whether it be with funding for apartments, for housing.‬

‪The New Mexico governor went on to defend the social safety net, which some Republicans have criticized in recent campaign speeches defending Romney's remarks.‬

‪"I think, certainly the fact that New Mexico provides that safety net is a good thing," Martinez said.‬

Other Republicans have conceded that Romney's remarks were poorly worded.‬ In an interview Tuesday with KNRV-TV, running mate Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE said that Romney's statement was "obviously inarticulate."‬