Mel Martinez

(Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz)

Mel Martinez
Mel Martinez
  • Born: October 23, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz, usually known as Mel Martínez, is an Cuban-American lobbyist and former politician who served as a United States Senator from Florida from 2005 to 2009 and as general chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007. Previously, Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush. Martínez is a Cuban-American and Roman Catholic. He announced he was resigning as general chairman of the Republican National Committee on October 19, 2007.

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Al Gonzales is a dedicated public servant and exceptionally qualified to be our nation's next Attorney General. I know that a lot has been said about Judge Gonzales' life story. It is a story of the fulfillment of the American Dream. Life
Forty-two years ago, I came to America from communist Cuba so I might have a better way of life, a freer way of life - a more democratic way of life. I wanted to live the American Dream where if you worked hard and put your mind to the task, anything was possible. Life
From time to time, the irresponsible acts of the Cuban government remind us that this is far more than about the freedom of one country, but it really is about the stability and security of the region and the national security interests of the United States. Time ;Government ;Freedom & Liberty
I don't want to come to Washington to be just another vote. I want to lead on issues that are important.
I will always vote on the side of freedom and our right to keep and bear arms. Freedom & Liberty
In America, all things are possible.
It is proper that the federal government help alleviate short-term disruptions and price spikes such as those brought about by Hurricane Katrina. Government
It's shortsighted not to view the education of a future generation of Americans as a priority for all Americans. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Future
Our focus needs to be on freeing dissidents and continuing to support the opposition movement within Cuba - not rewarding Castro and subsidizing and strengthening his totalitarian regime.
Senator Martinez is not driven by polls; he is driven by the needs of the state of Florida and its 17 million constituents.
We need a new Latin American policy that is bold - different. We need to focus on building civil society, focus on the lack of infrastructure. We need look at ways to foster economic opportunity. There needs to be a more comprehensive economic vision in the region. Society