NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not be running for president in 2020, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be taking an active role in the election.
WCBS 880’s Steve Scott spoke with the Wall Street Journal’s Jimmy Vielkind to discuss how Gov. Cuomo is already stepping into the race for the White House.
“He is ready for anything,” Vielkind said. “We heard that Gov. Cuomo is raising his hand, ready to be a surrogate for Mr. Biden in whatever way possible.”
He notes that Cuomo is also expected to help fundraising efforts for former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“Of course, Andrew Cuomo is a prodigious fundraiser and one of the big questions surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden would be his ability to raise funds, particularly in an era when many democratic candidates are raising most of their campaign cash from online donors giving small amounts,” he explains.
As Vielkind reports, Cuomo and Biden have a relationship that goes back decades to when Cuomo was appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton and Biden was a U.S. Senator.
“In more recent years, when he's been governor, Joe Biden has come several times to endorse and be a part of Cuomo’s announcement on infrastructure development and other things and just last year at the Democratic State Nominating Convention in May, Joe Biden gave a 30-minute-plus speech in praise of Andrew Cuomo, in support of his nomination back when he was facing a primary challenge from actor Cynthia Nixon,” Vielkind explains.
He notes that Cuomo is strongly backing Biden as he sees him as an antidote to the “aggressive people on the left.”
“There is some speculation at the capital that maybe this could result in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, it could perhaps resulted in the White House chief of staff Andrew Cuomo, there’s even some whispers about Vice President Andrew Cuomo,” Vielkind said. “Of course this is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very early to be talking about or thinking about these things, but it has to be in the back of Andrew Cuomo’s mind.”