Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday brushed aside talk of a potential presidential run in 2016 in a rare national television interview, saying he is focusing on governing and then his re-election in November.
By Joseph Spector
Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday brushed aside talk of a potential presidential run in 2016 in a rare national television interview, saying he is focusing on governing and then his re-election in November.
The Democratic governor appeared on the "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo" on the FOX Business Network, and as Bartiromo ended the interview, she asked him about 2016.
"Is your friend Hillary Clinton in that seat now or what? Is the presidency off the table, then?" Bartiromo asked.
Cuomo smiled and said, "I'm sorry, I'm losing you. We have a technical difficulty."
But then, after just a moment prior not saying definitively that's he running for re-election, made it clear: His political focus is on 2014—when he will seek a second term.
"I'm running for governor of the state of New York," Cuomo said as the interview ended.
Cuomo has declined to comment about potentially eying a run for the White House in 2016, so much so that he rarely does national television interviews or travels outside the state.
He's viewed as among the potential Democratic candidates, with Clinton, the former New York senator, leading the pack.
Before that exchange with Bartiromo, Cuomo was asked about his 2014 prospects. Bartiromo for the last three years has hosted Cuomo's regional council awards event in Albany.
"I'm trying to stay away from the politics until I finish the government, because once you start the political speak, the government stops," Cuomo said. "We've had good luck here in New York state avoiding gridlock and paralysis, and I work very well on both sides of the aisle."
He said the legislative session runs through June.
"I want to stay away from talking any politics until June," Cuomo said. "But if I was doing the political market forecast, Maria, for your show, I would say, my long-term projection is that Andrew Cuomo may run for re-election in the state of New York."