Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a rare trip to the nation’s capital on Monday, where he attended a high-dollar fundraiser for his re-election campaign in the early morning before attending his first out-of-state meeting of the Democratic Governors Association.
In a brief back-and-forth with reporters, Cuomo was immediately asked whether his Washington swing had anything to do with any potential presidential ambitions. Cuomo, a Democrat, is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate in 2016.
“No,” Cuomo said. “But thanks for asking.”
When asked about his aversion to making trips to D.C.—this trip was Cuomo’s first overnight stay out of state since he took office in 2011—Cuomo said it was because of the 2016 chatter.
“Because when you come to the capital they ask you if it has something to do with 2016 and if you’re running for president,” Cuomo said with a grin.
Via Gannett Washington’s Brian Tumulty, here’s video of Cuomo’s Q-and-A, which touched on his fundraiser, the federal budget and his pitch to out-of-state businesses.