New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) approval ratings are surging as he manages the coronavirus outbreak in his state.
As he delivers daily press briefings on the outbreak that are informative, blunt, and sometimes humorous, some have suggested that Cuomo would be a far better Democratic presidential nominee than the current front-runner — former Vice President Joe Biden.
However, last week Cuomo said he is not interested in running for president, “I’m not running for president. I was never running for president. I said from day one I wasn’t running for president. I’m not running for president now.
But, according to Dick Morris, an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, Cuomo could win the nomination without campaigning in the primary.
“Biden thinks he has the nomination sewed up, but I’m not so sure,” Morris said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday.
“Cuomo has been doing very well with his daily press event, and the heart-wrenching drama of him and his brother on the air really is attracting vast audiences and tremendous sympathy,” he said.
“It is perfectly possible for Cuomo to replace Biden as the nominee. Biden has at the moment about 1,200 delegates, but you need 1,900 to win the nomination. And most of the states have postponed their primaries.”
Listen to his comments below:
“And New York, New York, with over 200 delegates, has postponed its primary until June 23, the last in the country. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think Cuomo may have postponed it so that he would increase his chances. You could have a write-in movement for Cuomo,” he added.
Additionally, Morris said that Biden has “shown he’s not up to the job,” and suggested that if polling were done for Cuomo, it would find him winning in the race for the nomination.
Finally, Morris suggested that Cuomo would be a “different order of magnitude” of an opponent to President Donald Trump than Biden.
Trump previously said that he thinks Cuomo would be a stronger opponent than Biden but maintained that he would not mind running against either of them.