Senator Martin Heinrich on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “Connecting with voters is at the center of what any campaign is all about”

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Senator Martin Heinrich on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “Connecting with voters is at the center of what any campaign is all about”

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Senator Martin Heinrich, on the heels of officially securing the Democratic nomination for candidate for U.S. Senate from New Mexico, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk about issues important to New Mexico and why his opponent, multimillionaire hedge fund executive Nella Domenici, is out-of-touch with the state’s voters.

On the choice facing New Mexico voters in November:

“This is not a normal election cycle. It is a choice between democracy, and all the freedoms that that affords us, and something that doesn’t look like democracy anymore … In New Mexico we cannot afford to elect an enabler to the kind of behavior that we see from this former president.”

On facing a “hedge fund executive from New York City”

“Most New Mexicans just can’t see themselves in a hedge fund executive. It’s a way of life that is completely foreign to them. And connecting with voters is at the center of what any campaign is all about.”

On reproductive rights:

“The Dobbs decision and other efforts to ban IVF and other things that take away our fundamental freedoms motivated a lot of people to go to the polls. If you look at where primaries changed hands from incumbents to challengers in New Mexico last night, much of it was motivated by this issue. And I think it is not going away. My opponent refuses to talk about it. But that’s not going to make [it] go away. It’s going to be a very active discussion in the run-up to November.”

On climate change:

“We actually have an enormous opportunity on the Democratic side with respect to climate change and connecting with young voters. The legislation that we passed with respect to energy and climate in the last Congress was the biggest progress that we have ever seen on this front. But young voters don’t know very much about it yet. And so for candidates who are willing to explain just how much we got done, how we basically created industrial policy to build the clean energy manufacturing plants of the future, it really gives us an opportunity with young voters.”

On border security:

“[Biden’s Executive Order] doesn’t negate the fact that we really do need a change, in statute, the way that our asylum system works and reform our asylum system. And you can only do that permanently with a change in the law. That means that Republicans need to come back to the table to make the kind of permanent changes that we need in our system. Both to secure the border and also to serve the interests of legitimate asylum seekers.”

Watch the full interview here.

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