Gov. Andrew Cuomo may want to avoid 2016 speculation, but both Mitt Romney and President Obama threw him into the presidential spotlight with jokes last night at the annual Al Smith Dinner.
Romney kicked things off, joking about their similar backgrounds—both had fathers who were governors of major states with national profiles. And then they both went on to become governors themselves. (It’s at the 11:30 mark)
“I’m pleased to once again have the chance to see Gov. Cuomo, who’s already being talked about for higher office. A very impressive fellow,” Romney said. “But he may be getting a little ahead of himself. Let me get this straight, the man has put in one term as a governor, he has a father who happened to be a governor and he thinks that’s enough to run for president?”
Obama followed it up with his own joke about Cuomo 2016. Cuomo was seated a few seats away from the podium. (It’s at the 22:00 mark.)
“I am here with a man whose father was a popular governor and who knows what it’s like to run a major Northeastern state and who could very well be president someday -– and I’m hoping it is Andrew Cuomo,” Obama said with a wide smile in Cuomo’s direction.