Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he’s been asked to campaign outside of New York for President Barack Obama, but is wary of fueling speculation that he may run for president in 2016.
Cuomo, one of the country’s most popular governors based on public opinion polls, has displayed a reluctance to leave New York since taking office last year. He acted as an Obama surrogate after Tuesday’s presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island, and said Thursday morning that the Obama campaign has asked him to do campaign work out of state.
“I will help any way I can. They’ve asked me to do surrogate work in other states,” Cuomo said on Talk 1300AM (WGDJ) in Albany. “I’ll do whatever they ask me to do, but I don’t want to step over a line that could fuel potential speculation of ‘Well, Cuomo’s looking to run in 2016.'”
Cuomo has been surrounded by plenty of presidential speculation since stepping into office and having two productive legislative sessions. His father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was nicknamed the “Hamlet on the Hudson” as he debated jumping into the 1992 presidential race, eventually deciding against it.
The Democratic governor said the talk of 2016 could hinder his ability to govern.
“If you politicize me, you cast aspersion on my motivations and intent, you suggest I have my own political agenda for doing things — you’re going to hurt my capacity and ability to serve as governor,” Cuomo said. “And I just won’t allow that to happen.”
Cuomo continued: “I want to make it clear what I’m doing, I’m doing as a responsible surrogate for President Obama. I think I’ve done that and I’m going to continue to do that, but I’m doing everything I can.”