Journeys With Joe
Vice President Joe Biden traveled to his home state of Delaware to vote for himself today. After he emerged from the voting booth, reporters asked the vice president if he thought it would be his final time casting a ballot for himself.
“No, I don’t think so,” Mr. Biden said with a grin.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is widely talked about as a potential presidential candidate in the next election and he consistently dismisses the speculation by insisting he’s purely focused on the job of governing the State of New York. Let’s just say the featured guests at tonight’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner didn’t exactly help dampen the chatter surrounding the governor’s future.
“I’m pleased to once again to see Governor Cuomo, who’s already being talked about for higher office,” former Governor Mitt Romney said as he was introducing the distinguished guests in the room. “A very impressive fellow, but he may be getting a little ahead of himself. Let me get this straight, he’s had one term as a governor, he had a father who happened to be a governor, and he thinks that’s enough to run for president?”
As governor of a high-profile state with an almost astronomical approval rating and proven bipartisan appeal, Andrew Cuomo would seem a powerfully effective campaign-trail surrogate for President Barack Obama. However, though last night’s presidential debate was held in his beloved home state, the governor’s name did not appear on the list of spin room surrogates distributed by the Obama campaign yesterday morning. Fellow governors Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, had signed up to give their post-game assessments to throngs of national media, as had local New York politicians Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. But not Andy.
Though he wasn’t part of the Obama campaign’s official post-debate presence, however, Governor Cuomo, whose office had been made aware Politicker was working on a story that included discussion of his relationship with the Obama campaign, strolled onto spin alley a short time after the sanctioned surrogates had begun speaking to the assembled reporters.
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The Democratic National Convention, which will formally nominate President Barack Obama for his re-election campaign and officially kick off the general election, is a big, partisan party where top-name Democrats from across the country will hobnob and schmooze while rising stars give speech after speech.
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one of the most popular governors in the United States and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, won’t be doing much there: he’s only going to be in attendance for one day, won’t give a speech, and asked Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver to announce the state delegation’s vote. Naturally, some have speculated that his low-key national activity is an intentional precursor to an eventual presidential campaign.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand went on Inside City Hall last night to address a range of issues, including her support for a hypothetical second presidential bid by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Needless to say, she excitingly extolled the possibility.
“I just have such great respect and affection for Hillary Clinton, she’s been a personal mentor to me and she is one of the people who really inspired me to get involved in politics,” she said, referencing a women’s rights speech Ms. Clinton gave in China as First Lady.
No fewer than six times in the past five months New York Post Albany bureau chief and capitol power-broker Fred Dicker has columnized about the very real possibility that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is gearing up for a presidential run in 2016. The New York Times and The Washington Post jumped on the chatter too, with the latter describing him as at “the front of the pack for 2016” and the former suggesting that if President Obama loses next year, “Mr. Cuomo’s approach toward leadership is one that many Democratic voters will have an appetite for.”
Senator Gillibrand’s vote against the debt ceiling bill — which had the support of Senator Schumer and the President — is stirring speculation about the junior senator’s future.
Maggie Haberman of Politico said on Talk1300 this morning that Gillibrand could be building a national profile, and possibly positioning herself for a chance at the White House in 2016.
The show’s host, Fred Dicker, scoffed.
The Democratic National Committee announced today that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will host a fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid next month.
Cuomo has kept his distance from the president a bid since assuming office on the first of the year, leading some to speculate that he was hoping the president would lose in order to boost his own prospects for 2016.
Here’s Andrew Cuomo after the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, in his first Q&A in New York City after signing same-sex marriage into law in Albany.
Asked if it should happen on the federal level too — where, President Obama hasn’t publicly embraced the issue yet — Cuomo, carefully, said he hopes New York’s legislation would “resonate all across the country now.”
On Fred Dicker’s radio show this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo briefly ruled out running for president in 2016.
“No, it’s not a possibility,” Cuomo said, after being pressed by Dicker. “It’s not about 2016. It’s about the power of the passage of marriage equality.”