WASHINGTON – CNN host Chris Cuomo couldn’t resist needling his brother on national television about the prospect of a Democratic presidential bid.
In a Monday night appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 62, discussed his response to the coronavirus pandemic and was asked by his younger brother whether he had any presidential ambitions after President Donald Trump had talked about running against Andrew Cuomo instead of former Vice President Joe Biden amid Cuomo’s rise in state-level polls and praise for his handling of the pandemic.
“I wouldn’t mind that, but I’ll be honest, I think he’d be a better candidate than Sleepy Joe,” Trump said of Andrew Cuomo in a Monday “Fox and Friends” interview.
“Let me ask you something. With all of this adulation that you’re getting for doing your job, are you thinking about running for President? Tell the audience,” Chris Cuomo, 49, asked.
“No. No,” the governor replied.
The two went back and forth as Chris Cuomo pressed his brother further about a presidential bid and Andrew Cuomo declined to comment further.
“How can you know what you might think about at some point right now?” Chris Cuomo asked.
“Because I know what I might think about and what I won’t think about. I won’t think about it. But you’re a great interviewer by the way,” Andrew Cuomo replied.
“Appreciate it. Learned from the best,” Chris Cuomo quipped.
Andrew Cuomo had high praise for Biden, calling him a “great public servant” and “extraordinary on a number of levels.”
“At one point, Chris, it comes down to a simple concept. It’s about leadership. The experience, the wisdom, the capacity to do the job. Not just think about it, not just talk about it, not just tweet about it – do the job. And Joe Biden is a guy who does the job for real Americans,” Andrew Cuomo said.
Andrew and Chris’ father, Mario Cuomo, who served Governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, declined to run for president as well, earning himself the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson” for his indecision on a presidential bid.