Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who will attend Tuesday night’s presidential town hall at Hofstra University on Long Island, said he’ll be cheering on President Barack Obama.
In the wake of the first debate between Obama and Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, which was held Oct. 3 in Denver, Cuomo said the president simply needs to “win” Tuesday night.
“I am going to be there. I am going to watch and cheer the president on, and then I’ll comment afterwards,” Cuomo told reporters Tuesday morning after the state troopers’ graduation.
“I retain the right to see the performance before I determine the comment,” he said, smiling. “So after I watch the debate… then I’ll comment on it, but I’m there to support the president.”
He said Tuesday’s town-hall format will be different than the first debate, which focused on the economy, so it will be hard to compare the candidates’ two performances. Many media outlets and political analysts called Romney the winner of the first debate.
“This is going to be a different format,” he said. “I don’t know that you can do apples-to apples. The first format was much different than this format. And I expect it’s going to be a different dynamic and there is going to be less interchange between the two (Obama and Romney). So I don’t know that you’ll be able to compare the two (debates).
“But to the extent that people felt that he (Obama) was not engaged or he wasn’t as expressive in the first debate, I’m sure he is going to correct that in this debate,” Cuomo said.