Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s speech to the New York delegation this morning got the crowd of Democratic loyalists to their feet, particularly at the end when his cadence soared and the audience rose to their feet to raucous cheers.
It was a series of “Do you believe?” lines that led to a back-and-forth with the crowd.
The speech, heavy on national politics, was a first for Cuomo since becoming governor in 2011 and will likely only fuel more speculation about a presidential run in 2016.
Observers said Cuomo showed the oratorical skills of his father, Mario Cuomo, mixed with the personal touches of President Clinton — Cuomo’s two mentors.
“We are going to go to this nation,” Cuomo saidd, “and say, ‘Do you believe in the politics of inclusion? Do you believe in fairness for all, do you believe that the opportunity for all that this nation was founded on is still alive and well?’ And our answer is, ‘Yes.’”
He continued for more than two minutes with the refrain, and with each “Do you believe?” Cuomo and the crowd rose in decibel.
“And do you believe we can all make it together, leaving no one behind – and that the best is ahead? Do you believe that, America?” Cuomo continued.
He ended with: “Are you proud to be New Yorkers? Are you proud of the New York tradition? Are you proud of what we are doing in New York? Are we going to bring New York home for the next president of the United States, Barack Obama? Thank you and god bless you.”