On how the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association began: We launched our great organization. there are currently 15 lieutenant governors around the country. 14 in the States and 1 in a U.S. territory and we want to increase those numbers dramatically. That's really what this effort is focused on getting more Democrats elected to that very important position, the number two slot in each of the states. We have some really incredible opportunities this year. There are 30 lieutenant governors on the ballot in 2018. So we are spending our time traveling the country supporting candidates and campaigns with progressive Democratic message, which we know is a winning message. (2:41)

On why it is so important to build this base:  It is so critically important and Republicans have really gotten ahead of us over time in terms of recognizing the importance of state houses. I think that day has changed. I believe the people on the Democratic Progressive side of the party understand that we need to start setting and making policy at the state level if we want to see the change that we envision for the entire country, particularly now as we know the federal government being in constant gridlock, turmoil and the lack of leadership from this White House and out of Washington.  People are looking to the states for hope and for progress. (4:32)

On the diversity of the Democratic Party: We have great candidates all across the country. As we come out of the primary season we are identifying more and more great nominees. We have so many diverse candidates. We have women running all throughout the country. We have four African-Americans who are now nominees in their respective states for lieutenant governor. To put that in perspective for Democrats I am one of only two African-American lieutenant governors in the country. Both are Democrats and both were elected last year. So, we have a chance to double or triple the number in one election cycle.  (6:15)

On how much voters want to talk about corruption: I think that after today's news people are going to be even more focused on the issue of corruption. I'm a former federal prosecutor. I actually was an assistant U.S. attorney in the very courthouse where Manafort was convicted. I actually tried a case before Judge Ellis who was the judge preceding over that matter. So it's been very interesting to see and I'm proud of my colleagues who were there and for what they've done. I think the balance of what people care about and what brings them out to the polls to vote is what is in the best interest to their families, their communities and their states and that is economic security and opportunity.  (8:57)

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