Pundits offered their take to Gannett’s Albany Bureau on the prospects for Cuomo 2016.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said, “You can’t imagine him being a credible candidate if Hillary Clinton is in the race. I just can’t imagine two major figures from New York running against one another. And Hillary would obviously have the leading role.”
It’s only days after the presidential election, but the buzz is already under way about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s potential run for president in 2016.
Time magazine put him on its short list, calling him the “rough-hewn son of a Democratic icon.”
Public Policy Polling, a national surveying company based in Raleigh, N.C., listed Cuomo third Thursday in the 2016 Iowa caucuses behind Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden. Clinton was a huge favorite.
As the popular Democratic governor heads into the final two years of his first term, Cuomo will be dogged by questions about whether he will run for the White House in four years.
“The next two years set him up if he’s going to run for president in 2016,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York City-based Democratic consultant.
Cuomo has taken pains to avoid the presidential speculation. Since taking office in January 2011, he has never left the state overnight. He stays away from national political shows; he did some recently to highlight the damage from Superstorm Sandy.
When he attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September, he came and left the same day. He gave a rousing speech, but only to the New York delegation — rather than on the convention floor.
He was going to campaign in Florida for President Barack Obama last month, and he warned his surrogate work shouldn’t be misconstrued as a step onto the national stage. The trip was canceled because of the storm.
“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 on a radio show last month. “And I just won’t allow that to happen.”