As rumors grow about Governor Andrew Cuomo's potential bid for president in 2016, Cuomo himself is staying pretty tight-lipped about the possibility. Our Nick Reisman has more.
NEW YORK STATE -- Despite his legislative successes in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff have tried to keep a tight lid on speculation that he would run for president in 2016. He's shunned the national spotlight even as a growing chorus of pundits and elected officials say he would make a strong candidate. Cuomo addressed the speculation on Wednesday in his most expansive comments on a potential White House run since taking office last year.
“Once you start saying, let's talk politics, my own politics, my own aspirations, it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating,” Cuomo said. “All I'm working on is being the best governor I can be.”
Cuomo says he doesn't want the presidential speculation to scuttle the good will he's garnered with Republicans here in New York.
“You start to focus on the jersey and what team you are on, collegiality goes out the window, non-partisan goes out the window,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo's presidential stock skyrocketed after his successful push for same-sex marriage. He's since been named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet. But he's turned down national interviews and rarely leaves the state.
“Speculating on my political future, I don't believe enhances the state,” said Cuomo.
The governor is also mindful of his father Mario Cuomo's experience in handling presidential politics. The elder Cuomo famously had a plane on the runway ready to take him to New Hampshire in 1992, but ultimately didn't take the trip.
“I've seen this movie before, actually in this room. There's like a whole lot of déjà vu going on for me. So I know this play and I know how it turns out,” Cuomo said.
And then there's another famous New Yorker with possible presidential ambitious: Soon to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her approval rating has never been higher, making her a possible candidate in four years as well. But Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's too soon to talk about a presidential election before President Obama faces off against the likely GOP nominee, Mitt Romney.
“I think it's too early to talk about 2016,” Silver said. “I think there are a number of great Democrats who are potential leaders, not the least of which is Governor Cuomo.”