CNN’s Cuomo to Gov. Cuomo: Are You Going To Run For President Now That Bernie Sanders Is Out?

CNN’s Cuomo to Gov. Cuomo: Are You Going To Run For President Now That Bernie Sanders Is Out?

CNN host Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Wednesday night and asked him several times if he is interested in running for president following news that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is suspending his campaign. Cuomo asked his brother the same question many times just a week ago.

“Joe Biden is a personal friend of mine, I’ve worked with him, he’s been a great friend to this state,” the governor said. “I support him. I have for years. And he’s going to be, I believe, an excellent Democratic candidate and a leader.”

“I have said repeatedly my plans. When I said I wanted to run for governor, I said to the people of my state, I will serve as your governor. People asked me, well, will you run for president, I said no. I’m not that guy, Chris. I’m not that politician that says, yeah it’s all about me, the next step on the ladder,” Cuomo definitively said.

“I am true to my word,” Cuomo added.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: Bernie Sanders is out. The word is, this increases the chances, with Senator Sanders out, that you may get in the race for president. Is that true?

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY): Is that the word? Well, then it must be true.

CHRIS CUOMO: That’s the word on the street.

GOV. CUOMO: Oh, the word on the street?

CHRIS CUOMO: I didn’t hear an answer.

GOV. CUOMO: I’m just saying, if that’s the word, who am I to argue with the word, right?

CHRIS CUOMO: Right, so, then, the Senator leaving the race has changed your thinking? Is that what you’re saying, governor?

GOV. CUOMO: Has the Senator’s leaving the race changed my thinking? In what way?

CHRIS CUOMO: Are you now giving different consideration to running for president?

GOV. CUOMO: No.

CHRIS CUOMO: So, you are still not thinking —

GOV. CUOMO: But why?

CHRIS CUOMO: Well, it’s definitely a good question.

GOV. CUOMO: I’m a thinking being — I’m thinking about a lot of things.

CHRIS CUOMO: I bet, yeah. Is it — are you not thinking about running for president because now there’s more political momentum around the idea of you accepting a vice-presidential bid from Joe Biden? Is that something that you’re considering?

GOV. CUOMO: First of all, I’m glad to see you’re feeling better. I can tell you’re feeling better, because —

CHRIS CUOMO: Time is precious.

GOV. CUOMO: Your animation — yeah, I know.

CHRIS CUOMO: Answer whenever you like.

GOV. CUOMO: Joe Biden is — Joe Biden is a personal friend of mine, I’ve worked with him, he’s been a great friend to this state. I support him. I have for years. And he’s going to be, I believe, an excellent Democratic candidate and a leader. Second, I have said repeatedly my plans. When I said I wanted to run for governor, I said to the people of my state, I will serve as your governor. People asked me, well, will you run for president, I said no. I’m not that guy, Chris. I’m not that politician that says, yeah it’s all about me, the next step on the ladder… I am true to my word.


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