Asked about Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it will lead to a discussion of the nation’s finances that “Democrats should welcome.”
Speaking to reporters after the state’s much-touted “Yogurt Summit,” Cuomo had this to say on Ryan rounding out of the Republican presidential ticket:
“I’ll leave it to the Republicans to do their politics. They must have seen a wisdom to what they were doing. From my point of view, I think it’s going to be an intelligent conversation on the budget, on finances, on priorities, on specifics like Medicare. And I think it’s a conversation that the Democrats should welcome, frankly. But why they did it, it’s beyond my pay grade.”
It’s an interesting contrast to some Democrats who have chosen to attack Ryan’s budget plan, which — among many other initiatives — would shift the Medicare program to a voucher system for those not currently enrolled.
It remains to be seen what role, if any, Cuomo will play in President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. In May, Cuomo said he would help the Obama campaign “however they want me to support the president,” but Cuomo is also expected to have a small role at the Democratic National Convention.