While Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., has "thought about resigning" over calls after racist photos on his medical school yearbook page, he believes Virginia "needs someone [like him who] can heal" it and address "a lot of these inequities."
"I don't live in a vacuum, and so yes I have heard it," Gov. Northam told CBS's "Face the Nation." "This has been a difficult week. Again, I'm fine. It's been mainly difficult for Virginia and this country.
"So, yes, I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now. I really think I am in a position where I can take Virginia to the next level."
Pointing to his background as a doctor, Gov. Northam said he is healer who is "not going anywhere."
"I'm a leader," Northam added. "I've been in some very difficult situations. Life and death situations, taking care of sick children. And right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. There's no better person to do that than a doctor.
"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 going anywhere."
In lieu of resigning, Gov. Northam vows to "take action" on addressing "inequities."
"It will be very positive and you know we have a number of inequities in this country right now and in Virginia, and we're in a position to really stop talking so much and now to take action with policy to address a lot of these inequities," he concluded.
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