Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he’s not discussing “presidential politics” behind the scenes, insisting that he isn’t gauging whether Hillary Clinton is going to ultimately run in 2016.
The New York Post reported Monday that Cuomo has privately told supporters he won’t run for president in 2016 if Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, makes another run at the White House.
When asked about the report during a radio interview, Cuomo said it wasn’t true.
“Hillary Clinton is going to do whatever Hillary Clinton is going to do and I’m doing what I’m doing,” Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public-radio program. “I’m focusing on running this state and doing it the best I can. That’s all there is to that.”
Cuomo has publicly tried to eschew talk of a potential presidential run despite often being mentioned by pundits and political players as a top Democratic candidate. He has deep ties to the Clinton family, having served as President Bill Clinton’s housing secretary during his second term in office.
When pressed, Cuomo said he’s focused on running for re-election in 2014. The governor’s first term expires at the end of next year.
“There is no truth to the assertion that I’m talking presidential politics and strategy and what Hillary Clinton should or shouldn’t do or what I’m doing presidentially,” Cuomo said. “The only discussions I’m having are how to help the state, how to get the state running, how to make the government a better government. To the extent I’m focusing on politics, it’s my race next year.”