Governor Cuomo is making it clear who he thinks the Democrats should nominate for president and he seems to be making a bigger statement about the party's future with his choice.
Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't taking any steps toward running for president, but increasingly he's been supportive of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to enter the race this week. For the last several weeks, former Vice President Biden has faced allegations that his public displays of affection -- hugging, kissing and touching people -- made some uncomfortable.
“I grab men and women by shoulders and say you can do this,” stated. “Whether they are women, men, young, old it's the way I've always been -- it's the way I show them that I care and I'm listening.”
But Biden is nevertheless entering the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, joining a field of more than 20 candidates. And Governor Cuomo is one of his most prominent backers.
”I think he can unify the party and, again, focus on the goal, the goal is defeating President Trump, which is going to be easier said than done,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo and Biden have a long history together. While vice president, Biden traveled to New York to tout Cuomo's efforts at rebuilding the state's infrastructure. Cuomo sees Biden as someone with more experience than the other candidates.
“I think he has the best chance of defeating President Trump, which I think is the main goal here, right? He has the experience, he has the background, and I worked with him for years. He has the talent,” said Cuomo.
Though Cuomo is staying out of the 2020 nominating contest, he's still trying to gain a foothold in the national conversation. On Monday night, he published an op/ed on The Washington Post's website in the form of a series of questions decrying the current political atmosphere he blames in part on social media.
“You have less public trust in newspapers, in politicians, and I think we have seen a degradation of the political system that is frightening,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo is now the country's longest serving governor currently in office and is showing no signs of stepping away from another re-election bid to a fourth term. His campaign on Tuesday invited donors to fundraising events this spring.