Former President Barack Obama is urging voters to support incumbent Democratic leader Michelle Lujan Grisham in her re-election campaign against former television channel Mark Ronchetti.
Obama’s one-minute video endorsement praises Lujan Grisham for increased public investment in schools, economic policies and expanded access to subsidized health care.
Obama also says Lujan Grisham has taken action to protect women’s rights. The governor signed a bill last year to overturn a state abortion ban in time to guarantee access after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade had spoken.
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“You can build on this progress, or roll back New Mexico,” Obama says.
Ronchetti and related groups are hammering on the incumbent governor in ads highlighting high crime rates as the GOP candidate urges voters to hold Lujan Grisham responsible for economic turmoil and lagging school performance in the wake of pandemic lockdowns.
Several Republican governors and former Vice President Mike Pence have campaigned for Ronchetti in a state that lost Donald Trump in 2020 and Obama won twice.
Lujan Grisham’s campaign spokeswoman Delaney Corcoran said the Obama video is being circulated via email and on social media.
The pitch highlights recently added voting provisions in New Mexico that allow registration on Election Day and early voting locations.
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Obama, who led a health insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act, also mentions a new state “health care affordability fund” in New Mexico that could provide critical insurance subsidies when Medicaid coverage expires for as much as 100,000 under special federal pandemics. provisions .
The health care affordability fund comes from a new 2.75% surcharge on health insurance premiums, the advance payments made on behalf of an individual or family to keep the insurance active.