Cuomo Tapped to Campaign in Swing States

Thursday, October 18, 2012

US President Barack Obama smiles with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) during a tour of the of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex at SUNY (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be hitting the campaign trail in the coming weeks for President Barack Obama.

On Thursday, Cuomo said he’d been asked the campaign to travel outside of New York as a surrogate for the president.

“I’ll do whatever they ask me to do,” Cuomo said in an interview on Albany radio station WGDJ-AM. “But I don’t want to step over a line that could fuel potential speculation of, ‘Well, Cuomo’s looking to run in 2016,’ you know?”

Unlike Gov. Chris Christie, who has campaigned for several GOP candidates outside of New Jersey, including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Cuomo has rarely left New York and shunned the national spotlight. While Christie was a keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, Cuomo only attended one day of the Democratic National Convention. Cuomo also gave up his seat with first lady Michelle Obama at the second presidential debate to the wife of Obama’s other guest, Army veteran Seth Bodnar.

Cuomo did not have details on where he might go, only saying that the Obama campaign was tracking polls in different swing states.


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