“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?” Martinez said in an interview after the conference here. “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.”…

“It’s a ridiculous statement to make. You want to earn the vote of every single person you can earn, whether they be someone who relies on,” she said. “Why would you ever write off 47 percent?”

Martinez, whose was discussed in the national media as a possible running mate for Romney but was never vetted for the job, said she disagreed with Romney’s post-election assessment that he lost to Obama in part because the president promised “gifts” to minority voters in return for their support, a comment that many leading Republicans have rebuked.

“That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party–our comments that are not thought through carefully,” she said.