Northam, a Democrat, has insisted he was not either of the two people in the photo, although he acknowledged as a young man he once darkened his face with shoe polish as part of a dance contest where he imitated Michael Jackson.
“He should resign now,” Brown said. “This country hasn’t dealt well with the issues of race.”
Brown, who plans to travel to South Carolina later this month, has yet to decide whether he will run for president.
Although a longtime member of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, Brown has steered away from promising to scrap the country’s private insurance system and adopting a Canadian-style government health-care approach.
Under that plan, endorsed by a number of Democratic presidential contenders, the government would guarantee health coverage for all Americans and finance it through increased taxes.
In essence, they would extend Medicare – the federal program which pays health costs for the elderly – to all Americans. But independent studies have suggested such a system could cost anywhere between $15 trillion and $32 trillion during the next decade.
Declaring that “nobody’s accused me, in my career, of being an incrementalist,” Brown said while “we’ve worked for Medicare for all,” he said he wants “to help people quickly” by having Congress approve a plan to allow people age at “55 or even 50” to buy into Medicare.