Gov discusses Confederacy, felons' rights, condoms

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Associated Press

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 27 at 6:07 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a month of public relations disasters, Gov. Bob McDonnell faced live radio questions about the Confederacy, felons' rights and classroom instruction on condom use.

But the rookie Republican governor also used his sometimes contentious monthly appearance on Washington's WTOP radio to strike back at late-night and cable television comics and critics.

McDonnell eluded a direct answer when asked if he thought public schools should teach effective condom use to combat high AIDS and HIV rates in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

He blamed misinformation for criticism of his felons' rights restoration plan, and he said he would be an agent of racial reconciliation as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is observed in Virginia.

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