This morning we sat down for a lengthy interview with Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia. The purpose of the interview was for McAuliffe to respond to our report on his Greentech car company.
McAuliffe answered many questions on Greentech, that up until this point had gone unanswered. We will share that interview tomorrow on NBC12 and Decision Virginia following our special report on Greentech which airs tonight at 5 & 6.
The bulk of the interview dealt with Greentech and the company's future, but we did get a chance to quickly ask him about the news of the day that his Democratic allies are pushing. Several Democratic leaders are calling for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to resign from his post.
Here is a portion of Bob Lewis' report from the Associated Press:
Virginia Democrats are renewing their demands that Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli resign after Cuccinelli belatedly disclosed about $13,000 worth of gifts he claims he forgot to note in four years' worth of economic disclosure reports.
State Sen. Don McEachin and Del. David Toscano were reacting to Cuccinelli's revelation to a handful of reporters with no broadcast press allowed late Friday afternoon that he failed to report five gifts.
Three of them were from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of the nutritional supplement maker Star Scientific. They included a $3,000 vacation stay and $1,500 Thanksgiving retreat and dinner at Williams' Smith Mountain Lake vacation home.
But McEachin and Toscano declined to urge Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe to disclose his full income tax returns as Cuccinelli did two weeks ago.
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But while McEachin, Toscano and others are saying that it is time for Cuccinelli's time as Attorney General to come to an end, the party's standard bearer is not ready to go quite that far.
"He's got to speak for himself," said McAuliffe. "I can tell you that running for Governor is a round the clock almost 24 hours a day seven days a week, if you do it the way I am doing it... it is hard to do anything else."
In the past McAuliffe has said that Cuccinelli should follow Virginia tradition and step down from AG while running for Governor, but today he resisted calls to call for his resignation because of new events.
I pressed him on the specifics of Star- Scientific and if that issue, as his Democratic allies contend today, was enough to call for a resignation aside from the time commitment connected to running for Governor.
"Obviously there are a lot of questions there, but I will leave that up to the press," McAuliffe said.
The Cuccinelli campaign has consistently turned back any calls for the Attorney General to resign his post.
"In this race for Governor, it is clear Ken Cuccinelli is the only candidate placing an emphasis on transparency," said Cuccinelli spokesperson Anna Nix. "It is time Terry McAuliffe looks in the mirror and answers questions as opposed to desperately attempting to distract voters by pointing his finger.”
An extended clip from this morning's interview can be found below: