Gov. Ralph Northam Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’ In Interview, Gets Corrected

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CBS's Gayle King asked. "They need to be taken seriously". Alison Dagnes, a political science professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, says they've got the benefit of deep political polarization, the growth of partisan media - and now the model of President Trump, who has often survived his scandals simply by riding out the news cycle.

The governor's own troubles began when a racist image from his medical school yearbook went public on February 1. He vowed this weekend in the interview with CBS and with the Washington Post on Saturday that he'll finish his four-year term in office and use the time to pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation.

"Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal". "That's why I'm not going anywhere". Next in line after those three Democrats would be Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".

Another clip released by CBS News showed Northam discussing his lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women.

Consider: In just 10 days, Gov. Ralph Northam has admitted to being in the racist photo - then denied it, then admitted to wearing blackface on a separate occasion.

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Attorney General Mark Herring, Mr Northam's deputy, has acknowledged wearing "brown make-up" to a party when he was 19.

Fairfax, 39, has said his encounter with a woman who accused him of forcing himself on her sexually in Boston in 2004 was entirely consensual. "And that's why I'm not going anywhere".

There is also a clear divide along party lines, with 57 percent of Democrats in the state still backing the governor. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is reaffirming his decision to not resign after two women came forward with accusations of sexual assault.

Northam also addressed Herring's blackface controversy. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen.

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A fellow Democrat, state House member Patrick Hope, has said he will introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday unless the lieutenant governor resigns.

Northam said the humbling week and the late-in-life conversations about race have made him determined to refocus his governorship, but it seemed plain that he is just beginning to think through what that might mean.

That may not satisfy Virginians, who, according to recent polls, are thoroughly divided on whether Northam should step down from office.

"Well I know Attorney General Herring well, as I do Lt. Gov. Fairfax, and you know we have all grown", Northam said.

Watch the complete interview Monday starting at 7 a.m. "CBS This Morning".

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