Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., argued Thursday that it may be difficult for cities to prioritize the dismantling of Confederate monuments given all the other funding priorities they have.

"If I'm the mayor of Richmond or I'm on the city council, I'm facing a tough decision," McAuliffe said Thursday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Do I spend, I don't know, five, 10 million dollars taking something down? When I got schools. I tell you, my first priority's got to be schools."

He called one of Richmond's challenges is to keep people from moving out of the city when they have children and seek out better school systems.

"We've got to keep people right here in this beautiful city," he said. "And that's their biggest challenge."

After the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., this month, McAuliffe said he supported taking down the Confederate monuments that attracted protesters and counter-protesters who clashed.

But he said he has no power to do that on his own, and said the state legislature and local leaders would have to be involved in these decisions.