(BBC) – A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor has refused to be interviewed by a female reporter unless she brings a male colleague with her.

Larrison Campbell, 40, said she had asked to shadow Robert Foster on a 15-hour “ride-a-long” on his campaign, but was denied because of her sex.

Mr. Foster said he was acting out of precaution and he did not want to raise any suspicions about his marriage.

“This is my truck, and in my truck we go by my rules,” he said on CNN.

During the CNN interview with Ms Campbell and Mr Foster on Thursday, the 36-year-old gubernatorial candidate cited his religion and faith, arguing he made a vow to his wife to not be alone with someone of the opposite sex.

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