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Richmond, Virginia – 10 February 2019
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Gayle King, CBS Morning News Anchor:
"Take us behind the scenes of discussions that you and your staff and your wife had about, 'Now, we're gonna go in front of the cameras and say it isn't me'."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Ralph Northam, (D) Virginia:
"Saturday was a very busy day. I did talk to my, my wife, my close colleagues. And I, I just made the decision that we, we need to clarify this.
King: But was there some concern with people saying, 'Governor now you're gonna look really crazy?'
Northam: Well, I've always been a transparent person. And I just thought it was important to, to let people know that, that that wasn't me. That's, not who I was at that time. And it's certainly not who I am now, after 35 years of service to, to this country and my commonwealth."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Ralph Northam, (D) Virginia:
"Well, I'm, I'm prepared, right now, to move forward. I don't have any plans to resign. And I think we have a unique opportunity to make impactful changes."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Ralph Northam, (D) Virginia:
"Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage, and who has a moral compass. And that's why I'm not goin' anywhere."
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he initially overreacted to a yearbook blackface photo in comments that set off a political crisis engulfing the state's Democratic leadership.
Northam told "CBS This Morning" in an interview broadcast Monday that he was "in a state of shock" and mistakenly took responsibility for the image of a man in blackface and a man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit because he had never seen it before, even though it was on his yearbook page.
But then he said he took another look at the picture and realized that neither man in the picture was him.
"Well, I've always been-- a transparent person. And I just thought it was important to -- to let people know that-- that that wasn't me," he said.
Northam also made it clear that he will not be resigning.
"Well, I'm-- I'm prepared, right now, to move forward. I don't have any plans to resign. And I think we have a unique opportunity to make impactful changes."
He says he's learned that he needs to better understand what it means to be "born in white privilege." And he says everything happens for a reason, which is why he plans to dedicate the rest of his tenure as governor to policies aimed at helping his black constituents.
He says he'll "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.
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