Andrew Cuomo Says No To A Presidential Run In 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's not running for President in 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ruling out a run for President in 2020:

Cuomo 2020? Not so fast.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a frequent mention in the line-up of potential Democratic presidential contenders, says he is ruling out a run.

“I am ruling it out. I ran for governor, I have a full plate, I have many projects. I’m going to be here doing the job of governor,” Cuomo told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer in a radio interview. “I am governor of New York and I have a lot to do.”
Earlier this month, New York voters re-elected the governor to his third four-year term.

On the campaign trail this summer, Cuomo had said he would serve the four-year term, with one exception: “The only caveat is if God strikes me dead.”

In the exchange, Lehr followed up on that exception, asking, “Does that deal with the deity still apply?”

“Yes. Nothing has changed in my calculus,” Cuomo responded. “I have my own expectation of the candidate of what the Democratic Party needs to win. I think you’ll see a viable candidate in the Democratic field. It’s not going to be enough to be anti-Trump. We need a candidate who brings credibility and experience, Brian, to the job and can connect to the people who we lost … that the Democratic Party lost … working men and women of this country who went with Trump because of the void in the Democratic Party. I think that is going to materialize.”

More from The Hill:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday ruled out a potential bid for the presidency in 2020, saying that he has a “full plate” in his current role.

“I am ruling it out. I ran for governor. I have a full plate. I have many projects. I’m going to be here doing the job of governor. … I’m governor of New York and I have a lot to do,” he said in an interview on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

Cuomo, who was reelected as New York’s governor this month, was previously rumored as a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

He said Tuesday that he will support a candidate who can win back working class voters who turned to President Trump in the 2016 election. He also called for a candidate who isn’t an “abstract theoretical elected official.”

“Rhetoric only takes you so far and people heard rhetoric from the Democratic Party for a lot of years and they saw no difference in their lives. And that’s why out of desperation they voted for Trump because he seemed different than he promised. Fill the void that the Democratic Party left,” he said.

Cuomo’s statement this week mirrors comments he made during the course of the just-concluded campaign in which Cuomo stated rather emphatically that he was not running for resident and that he intended to serve for the entirety of the four-year third term that he was re-elected to just three weeks ago. A cynical person, of course, would note that this is a promise that many politicians have made in the past, including President Obama at the time he was running for Senator from Illinois. Inevitably, the candidate who changes their mind will find some way to deal with the contradiction between their campaign promise and their later decision to enter the Presidential race notwithstanding the promise. Obviously, New York Democrats didn’t seem to mind the speculation about a potential Presidential run, and it seems unlikely that New York voters as a whole will be all too bothered if he does change his mind.

This is not the first time that Cuomo’s name has come up with respect to a run for the White House. There was speculation that he might do so in 2016 but ultimately decided not to for largely the same reason that many other prominent Democrats made the same decision, due to the fact that Hillary Clinton entered the race and based on the polling appeared to be not only the overwhelming favorite to win the nomination that year but also the strongest potential candidate that Democrats could put forward in a General Election.

Notwithstanding his somewhat questionable record and the ethical issues that arose throughout New York State politics that arose during his second term, which Liz Mair documented at The Daily Beast, it’s easy to see why Cuomo would be seen as an appealing Democratic candidate in two years.  Much of it has to do with nostalgia for his father, of course, who became the standard bearer of old-style Democratic liberalism during the Reagan years. Mario Cuomo, however, didn’t run for President in 1992 despite the fact he seemed to have a clear path to the Democratic nomination if he did. Instead, he famously spent the weeks before the filing deadline for New Hampshire’s primary “deciding” what he was going to do, to the point where on the final day there was a jet waiting on a runway in Albany should he have decided to run. Mario Cuomo earned the title “Hamlet on the Hudson” for his indecision that year, and while he has said that he doesn’t regret his decision, one has to think that his father’s experience is in the back of Andrew Cuomo’s mind. Nonetheless, for the time being it appears that we can take Andrew Cuomo’s name off the list of potential 2020 Democratic candidates, unless he somehow manages to change his mind that is.

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  1. Michael Reynolds says:

    Literally dozens of people are disappointed.

  2. Kathy says:

    In fairness to the elder Cuomo, by the start of the 92 campaign season, meaning mid-1991, Bush the elder looked invincible after the success of Gulf War I.

    I recall a tongue-in-cheek piece detailing how the Democrats could steal the 92 Presidential Election, by nominating George H.W. Bush for president along with a better VP than Dan Quayle.

  3. Hal_10000 says:

    Well, one corrupt garbage fire down, several to go. I haven’t got a strong preference yet, buy Klobuchar is becoming my dark horse favorite for the nomination.

  4. Teve says:

    Who cares. We’re going to have like 30 candidates to choose from 😛

  5. gVOR08 says:

    @Teve: Some of them, unlike Cuomo, actual Democrats.

  6. Sleeping Dog says:

    There is a God.

  7. wr says:

    Andrew Cuomo says no to a presidential run, thus denying Democrats a chance to say it for him.

  8. Mister Bluster says:

    @Sleeping Dog:..There is a God.

    If there was any kind of worthwhile god. The sexual pervert, fear mongering, fuking moron, racist pig that is Donald J. Trump would not have any of this authority.

    Article I Section 2
    1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

    2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

    3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

    Section 3
    He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.