RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) — Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said it is not his place to tell the Redskins they need to change their name.
Speaking at training camp in Richmond on Friday morning, McAuliffe addressed the increasing calls for the team to abandon a name some view as offensive to Native Americans.
“I am not in the business of telling private businesses what to do,” McAuliffe said during a training camp practice. “I want businesses here. We need to grow and diversify the economy. Voters elected me to get jobs and this team here is helping me get jobs.”
McAuliffe is a Democrat and prominent national political figures in his own party have come out against the name, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and, last week, Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady, Secretary of State and senator from New York.
But McAuliffe, who is hosting the Redskins at the Executive Mansion in Richmond on Tuesday, isn’t willing to push that issue even if he understands why some deem the name and team logo offensive.
“I am appreciative of what the Washington Redskins have meant to the Commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “All the players live in Virginia. Most of the season tickets, I’m told, are Virginians. Everybody comes at it from a different perspective.”
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