Virginia "needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage, and who has a moral compass", Northam told CBS.
For instance, see below for video of Northam talking to CBS' Gayle King, and recounting how Virginia's "now at the 400-year anniversary - just 90 miles from here in 1619 - the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores".
In an interview set to air Monday on "CBS This Morning", Northam touted his training as a physician as providing him the skills necessary to lead a reconciliation process in his state. She quipped, "Also known as slavery..." "I want to heal that pain, and I want to make sure that all Virginians have equal opportunity ... and I think I'm the person that can do that for Virginia".
"Yes, yes", Northam replied, prompting exasperation from some commentators on social media. Responding to an invitation from Brown to attend a fundraiser for Fairfax's campaign for lieutenant governor, Watson wrote: "Molly, Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him. SIGH", tweeted Democratic operative Symone Sanders.
Northam seemed chastened and subdued as he described a week of grappling with what "white privilege" means, with the reality of African-American history, and with the personal failing of growing up after desegregation and the civil rights era while somehow not realising that donning blackface is offensive.
The first Africans brought to Virginia were captured in Angola and brought in a slave ship, but Virginia did not have a formal legal system for slavery in 1619.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R, also acknowledged he was an editor of a 1968 yearbook that featured racial slurs and photos of students in blackface, but said he was not responsible for the content.
"And this is regardless of party because Northam, of course, is a Democrat", says Dagnes, who has studied and written extensively about political scandals.
The twin developments came at the end of an astonishing week that saw all three of Virginia's top elected officials - all Democrats - embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals fraught with questions of race, sex and power.More news: Cheers, jeers on border as Trump pushes wall in State of Union
"I will not resign", Fairfax said in a statement.
Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican Cox would become governor.
"I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation", the embattled Democrat said. And the reason I used a very little bit is because, I don't know if anybody's ever tried that, but you can not get shoe polish off, ' he said.
The lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said her team had statements from ex-classmates who said Watson "immediately" told friends Fairfax raped her.
On Saturday night, the lieutenant governor signaled no intention to resign and defended himself against the claims. Fairfax denied Watson's claims.
Mr. Herring's admission is particularly troubling considering he called for Mr. Northam's resignation just five days earlier.
"We have to remember this yearbook photo was taken after the modern civil rights movement", Mr Smithers said.