In an interview by Yahoo News at the Republican Governors Association Conference in Las Vegas, Martinez had this to say about those comments:
"That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party, our comments that are not thought through carefully ... We need to embrace (minority voters) not just at election time. ... We should not visit them when we need their vote and then walk away ... And then four years go by and we go visit them again. We have to make them part of the solution, and the way you do that is by listening to them and then making that part of 'How do we do this together to make our lives all better?'
And then once you've done it, you tell them we did it together."
Martinez also said,
"Republicans need to stop making assumptions, and they need to start talking to younger people, people of color, and ask them—not talk to them—ask them, 'What is it that we can do better? How do we earn your vote? How do we earn the ability for you to see that we can be the party that will make your life better and that of your children?' ... But we can't be the ones that come and tell them how things are going to be and how we have all the solutions."