Watch the complete interview with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.
Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam says he thought of resigning within the wake of the continuing controversy embroiling his workplace, however informed “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King he is “not going wherever.”
“You already know, I do not reside in a vacuum. And so sure, I’ve heard it,” Northam mentioned, referring to requires his resignation. “I’ve thought of resigning, however I’ve additionally thought of what Virginia wants proper now. And I actually suppose that I am able the place I can take Virginia to the following degree.”
“Virginia additionally wants somebody who is robust, who has empathy, who has braveness and who has an ethical compass. And that is why I am not going wherever,” Northam added.
Northam has resisted calls to step down after a racist picture on his medical college yearbook web page surfaced earlier this month. He admitted to darkening his face on a single event in 1984.
The governor mentioned in an interview with The Washington Submit printed Saturday that he would spend the rest of his time period working towards advancing racial equality. The governor has been talking with black political and neighborhood leaders over the previous week, however the Virginia Black Legislative Caucus has known as for Northam’s resignation greater than as soon as.
In his interview with King on Sunday, Northam mentioned he wouldn’t be stepping down any time quickly.
“I am a frontrunner. I have been in some very troublesome conditions. Life and loss of life conditions, caring for sick youngsters. And proper now, Virginia wants somebody that may heal. There is not any higher individual to do this than a physician,” mentioned Northam.
The governor mentioned Virginia has a “distinctive alternative” to “make some impactful modifications” within the face of scandal. The commonwealth is celebrating its 400th anniversary this 12 months.
Two different prime Virginia officers have additionally been embroiled in controversy. Legal professional Common Mark Herring additionallyas soon as in his youth. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been by two girls. Fairfax has denied each allegations and has known as for a full and unbiased investigation.
Prime Democrats within the state, together with Sen. Tim Kaine and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, known as on Fairfax to resign on Friday after the second girl got here ahead. Northam informed King that if the accusations in opposition to Fairfax are true, “I do not suppose he will have some other possibility however to resign.”
“I can solely think about that it should take large braveness for ladies to step ahead and and speak about these items which can be just- are simply so hurtful. And these accusations are very, very severe. They have to be taken severely. As you realize, Governor Fairfax has known as for an investigation. I actually suppose the place we are actually, we have to get to the reality,” Northam mentioned Sunday.
The next is a transcript of the portion of the interview that aired on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”
GAYLE KING: I do know this has been a really troublesome week for you within the state of Virginia. So the place would you want to start?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Effectively it has been a troublesome week. And you realize in case you take a look at Virginia’s historical past we are actually on the 400 12 months anniversary, simply 90 miles from right here in 1619. The primary indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Outdated Level Consolation what we name now Fort Monroe and while–
GAYLE KING: Often known as slavery.
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Sure. And whereas we now have made loads of progress in Virginia, slavery has ended. Colleges have been desegregated. We’ve ended the Jim Crow legal guidelines, simpler entry to voting. It’s abundantly clear that we nonetheless have loads of work to do and I actually suppose this week raised a degree of consciousness within the Commonwealth and on this nation that we’ve not seen actually in my lifetime. So–
GAYLE KING: And why you suppose you continue to deserve this job and so many individuals are calling so that you can step down?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Effectively once more we- we now have labored very exhausting. We have had first 12 months. And and I am a frontrunner. I have been in some very troublesome conditions. Life and loss of life conditions caring for sick youngsters. And proper now–
GAYLE KING: Since you’re a physician, sure?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: –right now, Virginia wants somebody that may heal. There is not any higher individual to do this than a physician. Virginia additionally wants somebody who is robust, who has empathy, who has braveness and who has an ethical compass. And that is why I am not going wherever. I’ve discovered from this. I’ve much more to study. However we’re in a novel alternative now. Once more the 400 12 months anniversary of the historical past whether or not or not it’s good or unhealthy in Virginia to essentially make some impactful changes–
GAYLE KING: Of slavery on this nation?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Sure.
GAYLE KING: On this state, yeah.
//GAYLE KING: Did you ever take into consideration resigning when the drumbeat grew to become so loud and by the way in which, there was nonetheless beating so that you can step down?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Effectively I–
GAYLE KING: Did you ever give it some thought?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: You already know I do not, I do not reside in a vacuum.
GAYLE KING: Sure.
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: And so sure, I’ve heard it and I’ve had this has been a troublesome week. And once more I am-I am effective. It has been primarily troublesome for Virginia on this nation. So sure I’ve thought of resigning but- however I’ve additionally thought of what Virginia wants proper now. And I actually suppose that I am able where-where I can take Virginia to the following degree and it- it will likely be very optimistic and you realize we now have various inequities on this nation proper now and in Virginia and and we’re able to essentially cease speaking a lot and now to take motion with coverage to handle loads of these inequities.
GAYLE KING: Let’s speak about Justin Fairfax.
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Sure.
GAYLE KING: You already know- at first he didn’t name in your resignation. He mentioned, you realize, “Let the Governor determine. I do know the Governor will make the precise choice.” However now his story has additionally modified.
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Sure.
GAYLE KING: As you realize two girls have come out and accused him of sexual assault–
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Sure
GAYLE KING: –sexual inappropriateness, and so they each mentioned that if there may be an impeachment listening to that they’ll testify in opposition to him. The place do you sit on how you are feeling about Justin Fairfax right now? Are you too, calling for him to step down?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: I can solely think about that it should take large braveness for ladies to step ahead and and speak about these items which can be simply so hurtful. And these accusations are very, very severe. They have to be taken severely. As you realize, Governor Fairfax has known as for an investigation. I actually suppose the place we are actually, we have to get to the reality. The reality- the reality is essential and positively is–
GAYLE KING: He- he too is asking for an investigation.
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Sure. He’s and I help that. And if these accusations are decided to be true, I do not suppose he will have some other possibility however to resign.
GAYLE KING: Right now, do you suppose he ought to resign?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: That is going to be a choice that he must make.
GAYLE KING: And now your Legal professional Common is also- additionally has some explaining to do about his use of blackface. He mentioned it was as a result of it was Halloween and he was dressed up as his favorite- one in every of his favourite rappers Kurtis Blow. Requires him to resign as properly. Your ideas about that?
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM: Effectively I do know Legal professional Common Herring properly, as I do Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, and you realize we now have all grown. I do not know what the lawyer normal was considering, what his notion was of race, of- of the usage of blackface again then. However I can let you know that I’m positive, identical to me, he has grown. He has served Virginia properly and he and I and Justin, all three of us have fought for equality. And so once more I remorse that our Legal professional Common is on this place however this can be a choice that he will must make.