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Transcript: Gov. Glenn Youngkin on “Face the Nation,” July 10, 2022


The next is the transcript of an interview with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin that aired Sunday, July 10, 2022, on “Face the Nation.”


ROBERT COSTA: We flip now to the Republican Social gathering, for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is a newcomer to politics who gained in an upset final November. We need to welcome Governor Youngkin to the printed. Good morning, Governor. Let’s start with the Supreme Courtroom and abortion. You simply heard from Vice President Harris, she stated, You do not have to desert your religion to imagine {that a} lady ought to have the flexibility to resolve whether or not she will get an abortion or not. Do you agree?

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR GLENN YOUNGKIN: Effectively, initially, good morning, and thanks for having me. And the controversy on abortion has been raging for a very long time. And I imagine, as a pro-life governor, that life begins at conception and my job as a pro-life governor in a state in Virginia, the place 18 months in the past, the controversy in our common meeting was round whether or not abortion ought to be allowed all the best way up by and together with beginning, funded by taxpayer cash. And so this in Virginia is a debate that we’re going to run to the Supreme Courtroom’s determination. I agree with that it is a determination for states to make by elected officers, by the residents of Virginia, and that is why, proper out of the field, I known as for a 15-week ache threshold invoice to be shaped and crafted by a bipartisan group of legislators. I believe that is what it is all about- is it is a second for our nation to have a dialogue round this and every state will resolve one thing totally different. And I believe that is the-that’s the true worth of the Supreme Courtroom’s determination.

ROBERT COSTA: You’ve got stated you’ve got proposed a 15-week ban, will you ever pursue a full ban on abortion in Virginia?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, the truth is that as a pro-life governor in a state like Virginia the place I’ve a Senate that is managed by Democrats and a Home that is managed by Republicans, we’ve got to discover a solution to get issues performed. And I imagine that is what we have been capable of do is get issues performed at a time the place it’s important to carry individuals collectively with a purpose to make progress. As I stated, I imagine life begins at conception. In Virginia, we have started working with a Senate and a Home. That is what we have been doing. 

ROBERT COSTA: However will you ever pursue a full ban? 

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, I imagine that what my job is, is to get one thing performed. And I imagine we are able to get a 15-week ache threshold invoice performed in Virginia for the primary time. Give it some thought, this was a state once more, that simply 18 months in the past was speaking about enabling abortion all the best way up by and together with beginning, and now we’re capable of discuss a 15-week ache threshold invoice the place a child feels ache. This can be a outstanding second for us. And it is a possibility, I am not going to let go.

ROBERT COSTA: You help exceptions for rape, incest within the lifetime of the mom, another Republican governors do not- Republicans. Are they flawed?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Once more, I believe it is a second the place we’ve got to replicate on our private beliefs, and as a pro-life governor, I’ve actually mirrored alone religion in my beliefs. And I do imagine that there ought to be exceptions which can be made within the case of rape and incest and when the lifetime of the mom is actually in danger. Once more, it is a second that- the place individuals have to come back collectively. The one factor that is very a lot agreed upon in Virginia at present is that we would like fewer abortions, no more. And I believe it is a likelihood over the following 5 months for a bipartisan group of legislators to craft a path there and provides me a invoice that I can signal.

ROBERT COSTA: On training, one among your first actions as governor was to suggest the tip of educating of quote, “inherently divisive ideas.” What’s an instance?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, in Virginia colleges, and we noticed Loudoun County actually be floor zero, we clear up college students being taught that they need to view the whole lot by a lens of race, and decide each other. And once more, we’re not speaking about forgetting our historical past. And in reality, one of many issues we’ve got to do is educate all of our historical past, the great and the unhealthy. However we shouldn’t- we should not play- we should not play privilege bingo with kids, we should not educate kids that they need to decide each other and one group is privileged and one other group is- goes to seek out it arduous in life, essentially. And we should not blame somebody and have them kind a view that they are inherently racist due to their race or their intercourse or their faith. We should not decide each other. We will do that. And so proper out of the field, we labored so as to- to take away inherently divisive ideas from curriculum. We absolutely- we completely are pushing to show all historical past, the great and the unhealthy. And once more, we are able to carry individuals collectively round this, versus divide them 

ROBERT COSTA: It is a problem, although. You say Virginia is prepared to show all historical past. Suppose your board of training involves you Governor and says to you, ‘Governor, the Civil Struggle, we advocate it is too divisive. We need to name it the Struggle Between the States.’ What would you do?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, I do not assume they’ll do that–

ROBERT COSTA: So they might.

GOV. YOUNGKIN: However I do not imagine they may. And I believe what all of us acknowledge is that slavery was an absolute- It was an absolute black spot in our historical past, I imply, it’s so, so abhorrent. We have now to show it. And this isn’t a second the place we’re working away from these matters. And for this reason I am so enthusiastic about our training agenda in Virginia. I imply, we stepped into our day-one recreation plan with a complete training plan to have the very best training finances within the historical past of Virginia, to fund special-ed packages, to fund into laboratory colleges to supply selection, to offer academics raises, and we received all of it performed, all of it. That is what’s so thrilling is that we introduced individuals collectively round an training agenda, which is commonsense centered. And once more, I imagine that there is sure teams that need to drive individuals aside. And my job is to drag them collectively round a imaginative and prescient for training that may ship for our states.

ROBERT COSTA: Safety can be a difficulty in your state. We have been speaking concerning the Supreme Courtroom, a few of these justices reside in Virginia, do you’ve gotten confidence the justices who reside in Virginia are adequately protected?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Our judges in- our judges in Virginia are adequately protected. I want we might do extra. And for this reason I’ve known as on Legal professional Normal Garland to implement the federal regulation, which is so clear, you possibly can’t parade and choose it in entrance of the judges residence and attempt to affect them. And I have been- and I have been constant and calling on him to please implement the regulation. We have now substantial state assets positioned proper round from the justices’ properties. I converse to them regularly to ensure that they really feel adequately protected and I am inspired by these conversations. This isn’t a second the place we are able to enable something to occur to our justices. Broadly talking, that is about democracy. 

ROBERT COSTA: On the courtroom, the courtroom is shifting proper now on a number of totally different fronts. It might transfer on same-sex marriage within the coming years. Will you’re taking any steps to codify same-sex marriage in Virginia?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: I imagine that what the Supreme Courtroom has performed most just lately is so in line with what we all know the Structure stands for which is returning the rights to states to make these selections like Roe v. Wade, defending, the truth is, the precise of lawmakers to make legal guidelines, not an government department to cross guidelines and rules that overstep boundaries. That is what our Supreme Courtroom has- has been so centered on–

ROBERT COSTA: — Sure or no, although. Shield same-sex marriage or not?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: In Virginia, we truly do defend same-sex marriage in Virginia. That is the regulation in Virginia and subsequently as Governor of Virginia, we defend same-sex marriage. I believe what’s occurring in- proper now’s that there are so many- there’s so many components which can be making an attempt to drag individuals aside and we’ve got an opportunity to carry them collectively.

ROBERT COSTA: We’ll be proper again. We have to take a break for a second however we have much more to ask Governor Youngkin and we shall be proper again.

ROBERT COSTA: Welcome again to FACE THE NATION. We need to proceed our dialog with Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Younkin. Governor Youngkin. You had been simply in Nebraska on Saturday chatting with Republicans throughout the nation. You’ve got additionally stated President Biden was legitimately elected. Former President Trump continues to falsely declare the 2020 election was stolen. Ought to he cease saying that?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, let me start with my journey to Nebraska, which was actually nice enjoyable. Governor Ricketts had actually helped me in my race and it was an amazing likelihood for me to indicate up and assist in the following race to elect a Republican in Nebraska. And one of many issues that I am actually centered on helps Republican governors get elected. You understand, I’ve received an enormous job in Virginia, and it takes the- takes the overwhelming majority of my time, however I do assume there’s spots that I might be useful and so I plan on doing that this 12 months. After all, the opposite factor we plan on doing this 12 months helps congressional wins in Virginia. And I believe there’s an amazing alternative there.

ROBERT COSTA: What about former President Trump?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, I believe it is a second for the Republican Social gathering to- to acknowledge precisely what I acknowledged final 12 months, was this isn’t an or second, however an and second. We introduced collectively Virginians final 12 months, without end Trumpers, by no means Trumpers, independents, Democrats. We gained the- we gained the Latino vote, the Asian vote, the most important voter turnout for black Virginians that anyone can bear in mind to vote for a Republican. I believe that is the way forward for the Republican Social gathering, which is to acknowledge that we’ve got to come back collectively in these frequent sense kitchen desk points which can be on the forefront of everyone’s thoughts, inflation colleges, secure communities, an economic system that is not stealing everyone’s arduous working cash by inflation, however offers them a job. That is the place the Republicans–

ROBERT COSTA: Ought to he cease speaking about 2020? 

GOV. YOUNGKIN: That is the Republicans who- that we are able to win.

ROBERT COSTA: So former President Trump ought to cease speaking about it?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: I believe what I did final 12 months was I centered on 2021. And we had 5,000 Individuals come and volunteer at elections and that gave everyone confidence in our election course of. They confirmed up, they voted in report numbers for a governor’s race, and we gained.

ROBERT COSTA: The January 6 Committee continues its work this week. Some members of the committee imagine the previous president has felony wrongdoing. There have been many revelations made by this committee. What do you imagine it’s best to do within the wake of all of this new proof? Are you able to proceed to help somebody like President Trump?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, let me start with what occurred on January 6, with the- with the invasion of our capital was- was terrible and it is a blight on our democracy. I’ve to be trustworthy, although, I talked to 1,000s of Virginians, and the matters they need to discuss shouldn’t be January 6. What they need to discuss is runaway inflation, gasoline costs. They wanna discuss crime and their communities. They wanna discuss training and the rights of oldsters to be engaged of their youngsters’ colleges. I simply essentially imagine that- that the media’s consideration on this while- whereas I believe it is essential that rapid is actually not what voters are centered on.

ROBERT COSTA: It isn’t simply the media. Some Republican governors, like Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland have stated President Trump should not run once more. Is that your view?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: President Trump’s gonna do what President Trump desires to do. And my job is to have one of the best Virginia we are able to have and to display that Republican- Republican agenda on low taxes and nice colleges, and secure communities, and by the best way, a thriving economic system that is working with corporations like Boeing and Raytheon shifting to Virginia. That is the Republican agenda of the longer term. And that is the one which I believe we’re delivering in Virginia and I believe that is the one which’s going to essentially carry a pink wave throughout the nation this 12 months.

ROBERT COSTA: In order that that is your agenda. That is your focus. You even have political capital, you’re a rising star within the Republican Social gathering. Each reporter desires to know the way politicians use that political capital, you’ve gotten a political motion committee that is busy proper now. Will you help and spend cash by your PAC to assist candidates like Doug Mastriano, the election denier who’s working for governor in Pennsylvania on the Republican facet?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Effectively, I imagine what I can do with- with our supporters is first get congressional representatives elected in Virginia. At the start, I believe the street to the bulk in our Home of Representatives comes by Virginia, and I will spend- I will spend actual time there ensuring that we win these elections. After which I imagine there are governor’s elections across the nation the place I believe I could make a distinction.

ROBERT COSTA: Is Mastriano’s one among them?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: I’ve an enormous job in Virginia and so I’ve received to be actual cautious in how a lot I spend outing of Virginia. We’re nonetheless engaged on my agenda. However I believe there are states like Virginia, the place individuals acknowledge {that a} Democratic governor has not performed an excellent job and a Republican governor, like Republican governors throughout America can do an excellent job. And people are those that I will go help. We have not discovered the place I am going but nut on the finish of the day, I will assist some Republican governors get elected.

ROBERT COSTA: Whenever you have a look at a map, Nebraska proper subsequent to Iowa, the early voting state within the 2024 presidential election. Are you open, and your loved ones, to contemplating a run for President in 2024.

GOV. YOUNGKIN: First I’m massively humbled by this dialogue that is going on–

ROBERT COSTA: Some donors have come to you.

GOV. YOUNGKIN: And- and- and the truth after all is I believe it is based mostly on the truth that I gained in a state that was blue, and we turned it pink. I ran on a platform that we’re delivering. And I typically discover it surprising that persons are shocked that an individual runs for workplace after which goes to work to ship on what they promised they had been going to do. And so I believe my job is to be an amazing governor in Virginia. 

ROBERT COSTA: However are you open to contemplating, together with your loved ones, the thought of a presidential run in 2024?

GOV. YOUNGKIN: That is not a call that we’ve got even begun to undertake. The fact after all is I have been in- I have been governor of Virginia for six months, we have a rare quantity performed. $4 billion tax cuts, a report finances for training, $400 million into regulation enforcement to lift salaries and hold our neighborhood secure. That is the place I am centered.

ROBERT COSTA: I did not hear you rule it out however I hope if making a decision you come again right here and break the information with CBS.

GOV. YOUNGKIN: Nice.

ROBERT COSTA: Governor Youngkin thanks a lot for being right here, and we’ll be proper again.

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