Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), the GOP nominee for Attorney General, created some clear distance between himself and his fellow Republican Governor Bob McDonnell during a live interview on NBC12 First at 4.
Obenshain said the scandal at the Governor's Mansion outlines the need for serious reform of the Capitol's lax gift laws, and while he stopped short of asking McDonnell to resign he made it clear the situation is unsettling.
"The Governor has certain limitations as to what he can do, (but) it is not what I would've done," Obenshain said. "My position is very clear with respect to taking gifts and I think we need to adopt policies that change the way things are done in Richmond."
Obenshain has said in the past that he would set the limit of gifts at $100, but went even further as to how he will act if elected.
"I'm not going to be taking gifts as Attorney General," he said. "I don't believe that we should be. I think it is time that we adopt a gift ban in Virginia."
Obenshain said he will adhear to the gift ban limit of $100 on himself with or without it passing the General Assembly.
Obenshain is in the same camp with the Democratic nominee for Governor Terry McAuliffe who has also called on a $100 limit on gifts for lawmakers. The current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is the GOP nominee for Governor supports a gift ban as well, but has not released the specifics of his plan. He has said in the past that he supports any "reasonable" cap and told Jack Gravely on his radio show that he'd be open to the cap being as low as $500.
Our full interview with Senator Obenshain can be found below:
We sat down for an extensive interview with Senator Obenshain's opponent Senator Mark Herring (D) back in June. You can see that interview here.