Gov. Bob McDonnell has arrived for Ask the Governor. The show will get underway in just a couple of minutes.
Bob McDonnell says he has given "no
special treatment" to any company, including no board appointments.
McDonnell: "Gifts that have come to me, I have tried to report those
am deeply sorry" if the public trust has been breached.
McDonnell: says he understands the concerns of citizens and that prompted him to apologize.
McDonnell: says his eldest daughter, Jeanine is returning all the remaining gifts from Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
McDonnell: says he doesn’t want any gifts to appear as they have given
anyone “undue influence,”
McDonnell: I love the people and try to honor this position
Asked why he needed loans, McDonnell said he and his sister have a couple of rental properties. He says anyone with beach rental properties knows, "There are cash-flow issues that come up every year."
Asked whether public
servants should be accepting gifts, McDonnell says he takes "personal responsibility" for his actions.
McDonnell says he's undergone "a lot of self-reflection."
McDonnell says he has some proposals he plans to make related to gift-giving and disclosures. He says some of his choices may have been undermined. He says one idea might be a cap on gifts.
McDonnell: “I was not in the role of promoting Star Scientific.”
McDonnell says he promotes Virginia businesses all around the world. In the case of Star Scientific, he said the event at the governor's mansion was a small, private event where the company would be giving to U.Va. and VCU.