Cuomo on 2016: 'I'm focused' on being governor
July 22nd, 2013
07:49 AM ET
9 months ago

Cuomo on 2016: 'I'm focused' on being governor

updated 8:05 a.m. ET, 7/22

(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, repeating a line often heard by potential presidential candidates, says he's focused on his current job.

And while talking about the political comeback attempts by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Cuomo referred to the New York City campaigns of the fellow Democrats as "political theater."

When asked in a recent interview with CBS News if he was thinking about a 2016 bid, Cuomo said "not at all."

"I spent eight years in Washington with Bill Clinton. I was the HUD secretary–housing and urban development–I had a lot of fun doing that," he said in the interview that aired Monday morning.

While polls consistently indicate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be the potential Democratic frontrunner should she decide to run, Cuomo is also thought to be a possible contender.

The first-term governor, who served as the state's attorney general before being elected the governorship in 2010, has become known for pushing tougher gun laws in New York and being a big voice behind the state's passage of same-sex marriage rights in 2011. He has also won acclaim for helping get three budgets passed on time and enacting new teacher evaluation measures.

"I really love what I'm doing now, and I tend to be one of those personalities that stays focused on what they're doing and I'm focused on being the best governor that I can be," he said in the interview.

Speculation over a potential presidential bid was further fueled in April with news that he landed a book deal for a memoir set to release next year. Clinton is also working on a book.

While Cuomo is running the show out of Albany, another political story is gaining traction 150 miles south in New York City. Two former high-profile politicians whose political careers were interrupted by sex-related scandals are now trying to get back into the political scene.

Cuomo said Weiner's run for mayor and Spitzer's campaign for city comptroller is nothing more than entertainment.

"It's part of the charm of New York," he said. "We tend to have the eccentric, we tend to have the entertaining. And this is a little political theater. I think that's all people think of it. I don't think they think anything more of it."

But the governor said it's not his place to decide whether or not someone should throw their hat in the ring for elected office.

"I don't think you can say to someone 'you should run', 'you shouldn't run.' That's not how the system works, and I don't think it's effective anyway," he said.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    New York City has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, and one of the lowest homicide rates among large cities.

    July 22, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I really will like to see Sen. Klobachar run. If she doesn't get the nomination, I at least will like to see her or Sen. Warren as a VP pick.

    July 22, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |