Ralph Northam on Principles & Values
We are all equal in the beginning and in the end
I think we all want to live in a country where we'd be proud if our young child can look to our country's leaders and say, I want to be like that person when I grow up. We don't have that now. But we can get it back, and we must.
My mother taught me that, no matter who we are or where we come from, we are all equal in the beginning and in the end. I've thought of that many times since I've had this job. That lesson comforts me, especially as I take on a great responsibility.
Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address
, Jan 8, 2020
Do good; be transparent; look for better ways
The benefits of opportunity and prosperity have eluded too many of our neighbors for too long. As Governor, I am committed to working with you to turn that around. I hope you will join me in applying this test to the decisions we make:
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Virginia legislature
, Jan 16, 2018
Does this action do the most good for the most Virginians?
- Have we been transparent with the public about what we are doing and why we are doing it?
- And finally, is there a better way forward that we haven't yet considered?
Religious sectarianism has no place in politics
The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, delivered a sermon, "Any time you say, 'There is no other means of salvation but through
Jesus Christ, and if you don't know him and you don't follow him and you don't go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,' that's controversial.
But it's the truth."
Northam wrote in an email to Washington Jewish Week: "Comments like this are divisive and wrong, and have no place in politics.
We need to be inclusive, that's why I am running for Lt. Governor to bring all Virginians together to move our Commonwealth forward."
Source: Washington Jewish Week on 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race
, Sep 25, 2013
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