For example, he said, Virginia has a serious issue with infant and maternal mortality - "we've talked about it, now it's time to take action". "And that's why I'm not going anywhere", Northam says in the interview, which will air in full Monday on "CBS This Morning". Next in line after those three Democrats would be Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox. From there Northam claimed that because he has "strength", "courage" and "a moral compass", he was "not going anywhere". "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".
Despite the controversy this week, Justin Fairfax continued to fulfill his duties as lieutenant governor - such as presiding over Senate sessions at the Capitol.
Northam's page in his medical school yearbook showed a person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes, but he says neither person was him.
Also Saturday, Northam made his first official public appearance since he denied being in the photo, attending the funeral for a state trooper killed in a shootout.
Northam is among the top three Democrats in Virginia caught up in controversy.
Northam told CBS it must have taken tremendous courage for the women to come forward, and that he supported Fairfax's call for an investigation. "Please, please, please remove me from any future emails about him please, Thank you!"
He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.
Hope followed that tweet with two more saying he believed the two women who have accused Fairfax of sexual assault, but that "we owe it to all parties involved- especially the victims- to make sure that we have thought through every option the General Assembly has". He told reporters that he's asked his Cabinet to come up with suggestions on how he can improve his commitment to eliminating racial bias within the state of Virginia, and "address issues of inequality" in various state programs.
"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam said in the interview, conducted at the Executive Mansion.
Virginia slid deeper into crisis on Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledged wearing blackface at a college party in 1980, and Fairfax was publicly accused of sexual assault for the first time. While it still might seem unlikely, a growing number of Democrats in that state are talking about taking the decision out of his hands and impeaching him, with one threatening over the weekend to introduce articles of impeachment as soon as today.
Both men, who are white, have admitted to wearing a blackface while they were in college.
Top Democrats running for president in 2020 called for Fairfax's resignation, including Sens.
The majority of African Americans in Virginia due not believe that their embattled Democratic Governor Ralph Northam should step down, according to a new poll. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place.
The governor initially apologized when the image was reported, admitting that he was in the photo.
"My God, it just gets worse & worse".