In a campaign call for Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s U.S. Senate race titled “When We Vote, We Win! A Women for Ben Roundtable,” joined by Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, many topics were covered. The call was attended by many Democrat Party insiders, including State Auditor Brian Colón, former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, former Secretary of State Clara Padilla Andrews, multiple state representatives, candidates, and Democrat party officials.
While speaking about Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Luján made a point to speak of her race being rated “the most competitive race in the U.S. House of Representatives,” going on to say that if Torres Small is not re-elected, it could affect his race, as well as that of other Democrats in the state. Luján claimed, “it could jeopardize many of our races here in New Mexico.” Torres Small is running against former New Mexico state Representative Yvette Herrell, who was declared the winner of the 2nd Congressional Race on election night 2018, however, absentee ballots came in swinging the election in Torres Small’s favor.
Torres Small said in the call that she has a “robust team of field organizers” who are working in the district to register voters, and ready to target people in “high-traffic areas.” She noted that her campaign had made 5,000 calls last week to voters.
Pamelya Herndon, the president of the New Mexico Democrat Party Black Caucus was also on the call, instructing people on the call that they should visit elderly people and drop off their ballots at polling locations, saying the law allows people to deliver “at least one absentee ballot to a polling location” from a person who is not themselves.
She said, “Go by and talk to your senior citizens. See if those ballots have been put in the mail, and if not, pick it up and take it to a polling location… you can take at least one absentee ballot for a member of your family to a polling location. We want every ballot counted, Congressman [Ben Ray Luján] because we want to see that you and Xochitl Torres Small and everybody on that ballot for the Democratic Party gets elected.”
When asked by a state senate candidate about the prospect of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Luján touted his high ratings from pro-abortion groups, saying, “I have an ‘A’ rating form planned Parenthood, a 100% scorecard from Planned Parenthood and NARAL.” He also said, “The clear answer is to only support candidates for the Supreme Court who will support reproductive health care,” meaning abortion.
Luján plugged Joe Biden’s campaign, bemoaning the fact that Donald Trump was elected in the 2016, saying, “Four years ago, we saw positive polling. I was all but certain that Donald Trump would not be president of the united states,” but that was not the case.
The rest of the call devolved into short speeches from the panelists trying to fire up the Democrat base, and squeak out a win for Democrats in the November election.