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Does Gov. Cuomo Have His Eye On The White House?

September 13, 2018 - 7:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The gubernatorial election is about running in November, but some people believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo already has his eye on another race – for the White House.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, David Birdsell of Baruch College things Cuomo wants to effectively run up the score before running for president.

“I’m looking at the vote totals in the gubernatorial race. If Andrew Cuomo is able to improve on his 2014 numbers in a year that has tended to favor left-wing Democrats – progressives in the party – then he’s going to have an excellent argument to take national, should he, in fact, decide to run for president in 2020,” Birdsell said.

Birdsell said he is also looking at the fate of the Independent Democratic Coalition Democrats, who have been a centrist-conservative weight in the Democratic Party that has helped Republicans maintain ideological control of the state Senate.

“Their challengers are running directly against that legacy of moderate to conservative policymaking and the drift away from what they call true blue Democrats. That change, if those challengers are successful – there’s no guarantee, of course, that they will be – would make for a major change in the way the Senate operates and sort of the center of gravity in that body,” Birdsell said.

In a debate put on by CBS2 late last month, Cuomo categorically said he would not run for president.

“The only caveat is if God strikes me dead. Otherwise, I will serve for four years as governor of New York,” he said at the debate with challenger Cynthia Nixon.

But Birdsell emphasized that does not mean he won’t.

“Should be subsequently choose to run for president, he would join a very long list of politicians who have made exactly that promise, only to find the opportunity too dazzling to resist, and one of the most recent of those, of course, is Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, when she ran for the nomination against Barack Obama, having promised in her reelection campaign in 2006 that she would do no such thing. This is as common as dirt in politics.”