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"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 Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE said that Romney's statement was "obviously inarticulate."‬